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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…

For Pelosi, a year marked by failure

Nancy Pelosi crashed through a glass ceiling when she became the first female House speaker a year ago. That turned out to be the easy part. The reality of leading a…

Washington’s dim bulbs

A great many unkind things have been said about our current Congress -- many of them merited. But nothing this august body has done this session has more exemplified its meddling…

A year of Democratic failures

Democrats running Congress for the first time in more than a decade faltered at key points this year as they grudgingly passed important bills opposed by many, or even most,…

Reid blames GOP for Dem failures

Congressional Democrats accomplished important goals this year but they need more cooperation from Republicans, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Saturday. The Democratic majorities in the House and Senate cut middle-class…

Senate stays in session to block Bush

The Senate is holding special one man sessions throughout Christmas and the New Year to prevent President George W. Bush from making appointments without the approval of the Democratic majority. With…

‘Tis the season for pork barrel

Congress, that irrepressible spending machine that is held in lower public esteem than even the current war-strapped president, has been busy stuffing constituent Christmas stockings full of goodies and if…

Republicans still kings of pork

The demise of the bridge to nowhere notwithstanding, Sen. Ted Stevens and other Republicans remain the kings of pork-barrel spending, proving that GOP mastery of "earmarks" can withstand public scorn,…

Bush set for another win over Dems

The Democratic-controlled House is expected to give President Bush an end-of-session victory in his yearlong battle with anti-war lawmakers over Iraq by approving $70 billion for U.S. military operations there…

Senate considers spending bill

The Senate is poised to take up a $516 billion measure to fund 14 Cabinet agencies and troops in Afghanistan, with President Bush likely to sign the measure if his…