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A calm, focused nominee faces Senate

Intensely focused, Sonia Sotomayor sits like a statue as senator after senator addresses her, as well as a nationwide TV audience, at her confirmation hearing for Supreme Court justice. Occasionally,…

Sotomayor hearings take center stage

As Sonia Sotomayor enters confirmation hearings this week to become the first Hispanic member of the U.S. Supreme Court, the hoopla surrounding her nomination has become a melodrama where hyperbole…

Blue Dog Democrats split with Obama

Conservative House Democrats are demanding significant changes before they can support a sweeping health care overhaul, forcing the House to join the Senate in delaying action on President Barack Obama's…

Burris will give up Senate seat

Roland Burris gambled that he could accept a U.S. Senate appointment from a political pariah and still be seen as an honest, hardworking public servant. He lost.

Burris was…

Ensign’s parents paid off his mistress

Sen. John Ensign said Thursday his parents gave his mistress and her family nearly $100,000 "out of concern for the well being of longtime family friends during a difficult time,"…

A Robin Hood health care plan?

House Democrats at work on health legislation are narrowing in on an income tax surcharge on the highest-paid wage earners to help pay the cost of subsidizing insurance for the…

Hoyer: Another stimulus may be needed

One of President Barack Obama's top allies in Congress said Tuesday that lawmakers must be open to seeking a second economic stimulus package to fight a…

Rabid right turns up the heat on Sotomayor

Conservatives stepped up their criticism of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor on Tuesday, but it was unclear how far Senate Republicans were willing to go to create bumps in what…

Franken sees himself as the ‘people’s proxy’

Democrat Al Franken, who is finally being sworn in Tuesday as Minnesota's junior senator, wants to serve as a "people's proxy" during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia…

GOP Rep: Michael Jackson was a ‘low life’

Music superstar Michael Jackson was a "pervert" and "a child molester" and the media has disgraced itself with the day-in, day-out coverage of his death, a US lawmaker has charged.