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Holder says waterboarding is torture

Attorney General-nominee Eric Holder Jr. forcefully broke from the Bush administration's counterterrorism policies Thursday, declaring that waterboarding is torture and pledging to prosecute some Guantanamo Bay detainees in U.S. courts.

Roland Burris sworn in as new Senator

Roland Burris took his place as Barack Obama's successor in the Senate on Thursday, ending a standoff that embarrassed the president-elect and fellow Democrats who initially resisted the appointment by…

Hillary Clinton’s confirmation: ‘No problema’

With no daylight showing between congressional Democrats and the next administration's foreign policy team, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to be swiftly endorsed by a Senate panel as President-elect…

Clinton navigates confirmation hearing minefield

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton smoothly took on policy questions, from the acute to the arcane, in a gentle job interview to be the nation's top diplomat, but could not dispel…

Reid screwed the pooch on Burris seating

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was eager to hit the ground running in 2009. Then, with the cameras rolling, he planted his first step firmly on an upturned rake.

Hillary Clinton intervened for some of Bill’s donors

Secretary of State appointee Hillary Rodham Clinton intervened at least six times in government issues directly affecting companies and others that later contributed to…

Senate leaders agree to seat Burris

Reversing course, Senate Democrats grudgingly accepted embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's hand-selected Senate appointee, Roland Burris, as they sought to break an impasse over President-elect Barack Obama's former seat.

Clinton appears set for easy confirmation

From the disappointment of a failed White House bid, Hillary Rodham Clinton is on the threshold of the world's stage as chief diplomat for the Democrat who defeated her.

Republicans return to familiar territory

Out of power, Republicans appear to be retreating to familiar old ground. They're becoming deficit hawks again.

GOP lawmakers didn't seem to mind enjoying the fruits of government largesse…

Mr. Burris ready to return to Washington

Roland Burris, buoyed by a favorable court ruling,…