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New Republican lawmakers are hiring lobbyists, despite campaign rhetoric

During his campaign to represent Wisconsin in the U.S. Senate, GOP nominee Ron Johnson accused Democratic incumbent Russell Feingold (D) of being “on the side of special interests and lobbyists.”…

N.Y. Mayor Bloomberg attacks Washington, stokes the center

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has long hungered to be at the center of the national debate, to be regarded as one of New York’s greatest mayors, even to be seen as…

Senate votes to remove Louisiana judge from federal bench

The Senate on Wednesday convicted U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous of Louisiana on four articles of impeachment, making him just the eighth federal judge in history to be removed…

SpaceX rocket launch heralded as successful test of commercial spaceflight

The first of what NASA hopes will become a fleet of privately built rockets and capsules successfully launched from Cape Canaveral on Wednesday morning in a major test for the…

Capehart: Love Obama’s smack at the ‘sanctimonious’ left

As someone who frequently catches more hell from liberal Democrats than from conservative Republicans, I am completely sympathetic to President Obama’s exasperation at the “sanctimonious” folks in his party who…

Diehl: Obama’s double-or-nothing moment in the Middle East

The latest collapse of the Middle East peace process has underlined a reality that the Obama administration has resisted since it took office — that neither the current Israeli government…

Obama charts his own course

One of the realities about President Obama is the degree to which he is a singular politician, a self-contained person who rose to power largely on the strength of his…

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The Plum Line: Does Obama have contempt for the left?

Yesterday, President Obama gave a combative response to criticism he’s been receiving from the left for his proposed deal with Republicans to extend both the middle and upper income tax…

The Fix: Concession in Minn. ends last undecided governor’s race

Republican Tom Emmer has conceded the Minnesota governor’s race to former Sen. Mark Dayton (D), bringing a close to the last undecided governor’s race of 2010 and finalizing the playing…