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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…

Adding up to real money

Everybody knows Uncle Sam is running in the red and has been for a long time. Still, it's a shock to learn how much in the red. The blandly titled "Financial…

Can Dems regroup from failures?

Congressional Democrats will have plenty to ponder during the Christmas-New Year recess. For instance, why did things go so badly this fall, and how well did their leaders serve them? Partisan…

Tax break for billionaires

More than 50 American billionaires can breathe easier now that Congress is set to keep the farm-subsidy spigot open for them and other wealthy folks who get government checks originally…

Congressmen promise CIA probe

U.S. Congress members vowed on Sunday to investigate the CIA's destruction of videotapes depicting harsh interrogation of terrorism suspects, despite Justice Department advice that the agency not cooperate. The top Republican…