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Obama needs more votes to accomplish goals

Congress returns for its midsummer session Monday with a Senate supermajority not super enough for President Barack Obama's top priorities to pass without Republican support.

In the Senate, Franken will fit right in

Al Franken, the comedian turned politician, should be right at home in Congress, which humorist Will Rogers once described as the greatest collection of his type in the world.

Congress travels more at taypayer expense

Members of Congress may be telling others to cut back and criticizing corporate CEOs for lavish perks, but taxpayer-paid junkets are on the increase in the House and Senate and…

Senate Dems trim cost of health care bill

Determined to advance President Barack Obama's health care agenda, key Senate Democrats are calling for a government-run insurance option to compete with private plans, as well as a $750-per-worker annual…

Can Franken boost Dems on key issues?

The jokes about Minnesota's prolonged recount can finally stop, just in time for Democrats to secure a reliable vote from a former funny man.

Al Franken is on his…

Comedian Al Franken can now be Sen. Franken

It took comedian Al Franken eight months, millions of dollars and an army of lawyers but he will soon be able to finally call himself Senator Franken, giving the Democratic…

A shouting and shoving match in Congress

Two volatile members of Congress got into a shouting and shoving match on the House floor Thursday.

Rep. David Obey, the powerful chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, and Rep. Maxine…

Turning the tables: GOP plays ethics card

Republicans long ago lost the moral high ground on ethics. You can't claim honesty and ethical behavior when you have leaders like Tom DeLay, who never met a bribe he…

Hill bi-partisanship: Real or a myth?

Even as President Barack Obama and the insurance industry move toward open confrontation over the role of government in health care, his administration is telling lawmakers to keep pushing for…

Medicare deal could help pay for drugs

Medicare beneficiaries would receive better drug coverage and a portion of President Barack Obama's health care legislation would be paid for under an emerging agreement involving the pharmaceutical industry, the…