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Democrats capture Hastert’s Congressional seat

A longtime Republican district fell to the Democrats Saturday when a wealthy businessman and scientist snatched former House Speaker Dennis Hastert's congressional seat in a closely watched special election. Democrat Bill…

Meanwhile, back on Capitol Hill…

While everyone seems to be focused on the melodramatic race for the Democratic Presidential nomination, a few things are actually happening in Congress. The Senate Monday confirmed a Chicago judge to…

Names may change but corruption remains

It didn't all start with Watergate -- the age of Washington ethical lapses, that is -- and the ghosts of earlier scandals still haunt the halls of Congress. Back in the…

Democrats want probe of McCain’s finances

The national Democratic party wants campaign finance regulators to investigate whether Sen. John McCain would violate money-in-politics laws by withdrawing from the primary election's public finance system. McCain, who had been…

Anti-poverty bill ignites blogosphere

It isn't a high-profile bill, but the Global Poverty Act has lit up the conservative blogosphere, and even Rush Limbaugh has gotten into the act. Quietly approved by the House last…

A deadly place called Congress

The death of Rep. Tom Lantos this week brought to seven the number of Capitol Hill lawmakers who have died during the 110th Congress, which still has almost another year…

Leaving town in disgrace

Both the White House and the U.S. House ended the week on a mutually sour note. As he has with all his terrorism legislation, President Bush tried to stampede Congress…

Bush, Congress try to out-politic each other

With a deadline looming, President Bush and congressional Democrats are locked in a standoff over the government's authority to spy on foreign phone calls and e-mails that pass through the…

Senate panel faults Larry Craig’s behavior

The Senate Ethics Committee said Wednesday that Idaho Sen. Larry Craig acted improperly in connection with a men's room sex sting last year and had brought discredit on the Senate. In…

Senate votes waterboarding ban

The Senate passed legislation Wednesday to bar the CIA from using harsh interrogation methods including waterboarding, a simulated drowning technique denounced by rights groups as torture. The Democratic-led Senate voted 51-45…