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We don’t need more appointed Senators

Massachusetts should respectfully decline Sen. Ted Kennedy's request that the state allow for the appointment, if his seat becomes vacant, of an interim senator to fill out his term rather…

Kennedy wants successor named quickly

A cancer-stricken Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has written a poignant letter to Massachusetts leaders asking that they change state law to allow a speedy…

Republicans back away from ‘end of life’ issue

Until last week, Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson was among the most enthusiastic backers of end-of-life counseling in…

Emails overload Congressional computers

Amid a boisterous debate on health care reform, people flooded members of Congress on Thursday with so many e-mails that they overloaded…

Rhetoric heats up on health care

Sen. Arlen Specter said Wednesday he thinks people who have been angrily disrupting town hall meetings on overhauling the health care system are "not necessarily representative of America," but should…

House pulls plug on private jet plan

House Democratic leaders said Monday that they will not force the Pentagon to buy four new passenger jets used to ferry senior government officials.

Democrats have been criticized for…

Congress likes to fly in style on our tab

As the White House and the GOP Congress drove the federal government ever deeper into the red, Vice President Dick Cheney reportedly said, "Reagan proved that deficits don't matter." Maybe…

What Congress has, and hasn’t, done

Some of the Democratic-led 111th Congress' accomplishments in the six months since Democratic President Barack Obama took office:

Passed a $787 billion stimulus package of tax cuts, benefit increases…

Threats, protests greet lawmakers at home

As they head home to their congressional districts for the August recess, lawmakers who support health care reform are bracing for protests and demonstrations…

Florida Senator Mel Matinez resigns

Republican Sen. Mel Martinez announced Friday he would step down 16 months early, saying he was making good on a promise to voters that he wouldn't stay just to keep…