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Senate committee rejects public option

A Senate panel on Tuesday rejected a government-run "public" insurance option as part of a broad healthcare overhaul, handing insurers an early victory and setting the stage for a long…

Long, nasty fight looms for health care reform

A sweeping health overhaul bill has survived a major challenge from the left, but onslaughts loom from the right on thorny issues including abortion and insurance coverage for illegal immigrants. Liberal…

Wall Street spending big to buy Congress

Wall Street has spent close to $11 million this year to buy votes in the Senate and the vote it covets most comes from New York Democratic Senator Charles Schumer. Schumer…

Senate Republicans take a hike on torture probe

Senate Republicans on Friday pulled out of a bipartisan investigation into controversial "war on terror" detentions and interrogations, including tactics widely condemned as torture. The move by the opposition party dealt…

Republicans bash Democrats over health care bill

Republicans say Democrats have ignored the public's concerns in drafting new health care legislation under debate in the Senate Finance Committee. Democrats are giving the public anything but an "open, honest…

Congressional aide gets probation for theft

A former executive assistant to California Rep. Loretta Sanchez was sentenced Friday to three years probation for stealing office funds to get herself pizza, groceries, airline tickets and an authorized…

Kirk named as interim replacement for Kennedy

Massachusetts on Thursday named a Democratic replacement to fill the late Edward Kennedy's Senate seat, giving President Barack Obama a vital extra vote in his health care reform battle. Governor Deval…

House votes to block Medicare rate hike

With no Social Security cost-of-living increase expected in January, House Democrats want to cancel all of next year's premium increases for Medicare Part B recipients. Most seniors won't face a Medicare…

Senate Dems nix public look at health care bill

Senate Finance Committee Democrats have rejected a GOP amendment that would have required a health overhaul bill to be available online for 72 hours before the committee votes. Republicans argued that…

House votes to extend unemployment benefits

With no end in sight to the country's job market woes, the House has agreed to give the jobless in a majority of states another 13 weeks of unemployment insurance…