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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,…

Democratic Senators unhappy with Obama tax cuts

Senators from Barack Obama's own Democratic Party have raised red flags over a 300 billion dollar tax cut at the core of his stimulus…

Divisions threaten Obama’s stimulus plan

Lawmakers are under orders to finish action on President-elect Barack Obama's nearly $800 billion economic recovery plan by mid-February. But already it is plain that a set of serious fissures…

Senate retreats on seating Burris

Senate Democrats beat a hasty retreat Wednesday from their rejection of Roland Burris as President-elect Barack Obama's successor, yielding to pressure from Obama himself and from senators irked that the…

Senate may find a way to seat Burris

Senate Democrats are looking for ways to defuse the standoff that has denied Roland Burris the vacated Senate seat of President-elect Barack Obama of Illinois, but maybe not much longer.

Senate turns away Illinois Senate designate Burris

Roland Burris tried to take President-elect Barack Obama's Illinois Senate seat Tuesday but failed in a scripted piece of political theater staged just before the opening of the 111th Congress.…

Congress set to grapple with economy, Obama agenda

The Democratic-dominated Congress convenes Tuesday to confront perhaps the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and to grapple with a hugely ambitious agenda set by President-elect Barack Obama.

Roland Burris can’t get no respect

Although he calls himself a senator, Roland Burris has found little support among fellow Democrats in his effort to take the Senate seat to which embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich…