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First woman House speaker may be toppled

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nancy Pelosi became the first woman to lead the U.S. House of Representatives by taking on the most powerful man on Earth — then-President George W. Bush…

Boehner eyes taking House and taking on Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The man who may soon tie President Barack Obama’s legislative agenda into knots touts his own ability to cross party lines to get things done. Read the…

U.S. Senators raise concerns on Canadian oil sands pipeline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly a dozen U.S. Senators on Friday raised questions about the need for a proposed $7 billion pipeline that they said will bring “dirty oil” from Canadian…

Obama pushes tax break plan for businesses

BELTSVILLE, Md (Reuters) – President Barack Obama touted a proposal on Friday to provide tax relief for businesses, calling on Democrats and Republicans to join together after Tuesday’s election to…

Wall St reform architect Frank fights for survival

BOSTON (Reuters) – Representative Barney Frank, the outspoken, witty Democrat closely tied to the 2008 U.S. bank bailout, faces a tough re-election battle after 15 terms in office at a…

Perry has big lead in Texas governor’s race: poll

DALLAS (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry, a conservative Republican who has tapped into a deep anti-Washington mood, has a double-digit lead over Democratic challenger Bill White, according to a…

Boxer widens lead in tough California Senate race

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer of California has opened up an 8 percentage point lead over Republican challenger Carly Fiorina as she picks up a greater…

Florida Senate candidate denies he was asked to quit

MIAMI (Reuters) – A Florida Democrat running a distant third in the state’s three-way U.S. Senate race vowed on Thursday to stay in the contest and denied that former U.S.…

U.S. not seeking to "contain" China: Clinton

HONOLULU (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denied on Thursday the United States was seeking to contain China as she began a two-week trip to an Asia-Pacific region…

Ahead of D.C. rally, Stewart’s influence blooms

NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s election led many political pundits to predict the popularity of American satirist Jon Stewart would wane. After all, mocking Republicans was his bread…