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Don’t ask, don’t tell may be on way out

That faint crumbling sound coming from the Pentagon appears to be heralding the beginning of the end of the controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military.…

Rep. Tom Lantos dead at 80

Rep. Tom Lantos, who as a teenager twice escaped from a Nazi-run forced labor camp in Hungary and became the only Holocaust survivor to win a seat in Congress, has…

An old game of Liar’s Poker

While America's super-sized attention was diverted and divided among the superlatives of Super Bowl Sunday and Super Tuesday, Official Washington began playing its favorite old parlor game: Liar's Poker --…

Hill balks on Bush’s budget

Democrats, already looking ahead to the next White House occupant, quickly relegated President Bush's final budget to the ash bin of history, saying his proposals to rein in spending on…

More debt as a stimulus?

Even as President Bush cautioned against loading up the stimulus bill, the Senate was loading it up. In a rare display of cooperation, indicating that in the eighth year of…

Too little too late

Washington wanted to show America and the world that it could act quickly and decisively in the face of a potential panic. And it seems to have succeeded -- one…

A lonely but honorable fight

In a speech on politicians and the press, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., told a group of journalists that intensive scrutiny was all very well, but from time to time "try…

Hearings set on missing emails

A White House chart indicates no e-mail was archived on 473 days for various units of the Executive Office of the President, a House committee chairman says. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif.,…

A new spin on the CIA tape scandal

The new Republican spin on the destruction of CIA tapes that showed torture of terrorism suspects has a familiar ring to it: An underling took it upon himself to take…

The rise and fall of John Doolittle

The California state Senate was once -- a few decades ago -- a very clubby, almost nonpartisan, place, and one of its unwritten rules of decorum was that neither…