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Despite tax-cut deal, Obama says he will still take on GOP

Even as he scolded liberals and tried to woo moderates in a news conference Tuesday, President Obama also said he would take on Republicans aggressively over the next two years.…

Federal Eye: New postal boss wants ‘profitable, nimble’ service

The new boss at the U.S. Postal Service said his first hellos this week, telling the rank and file he wants to build a more profitable, nimble organization that tries…

The Fix: Democrats face tough climb back to House majority in 2012

1. While House Democrats will almost certainly pick up seats in the 2012 election, it looks tough — though not impossible — at this very early date to imagine they…

Rice, on ‘The View,’ defends Obama on WikiLeaks

Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice looked somewhat befuddled Monday as she co-hosted the daytime television talk show “The View.” She nodded and smiled as the regular yakkers debated the…

Elizabeth Edwards dies; lived her pain on a public stage

Elizabeth A. Edwards, who captured the nation’s sympathy and admiration for her forthright grace in coping with her struggle with breast cancer and the infidelity of her husband, presidential candidate…

Tax deal and spending plan face a hectic finish for Congress

With a massive bipartisan tax-cut package edging closer to final agreement, Congress now will attempt to pass two major items before the end of the year: a $1.1 trillion bill…

Impeachment of Louisiana judge goes before Senate

The attorney for an impeached federal judge on trial before the Senate argued Tuesday that Congress is pursuing unconstitutional charges against his client and would be breaking with two centuries…

Obama calls on liberal critics to learn to compromise

Before President Obama’s Tuesday news conference, it was clear that his willingness to compromise with Republicans on extending George W. Bush-era tax cuts had left many liberal Democrats angry and…

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Rogers to be Appropriations chairman; Upton to lead Energy and Commerce

The House Republican Steering Committee selected Rep. Harold Rogers (Ky.) on Tuesday as the next chairman of the Appropriations Committee, while Rep. Fred Upton (Mich.) will be the next leader…