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Hastert calls it quits

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who made a farewell speech to House colleagues 11 day earlier, made his resignation official Monday with a letter to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Hastert's formal…

Lott will resign by year’s end

Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi, the Senate's No. 2 Republican, plans to resign his seat by the end of the year, congressional and Bush administration officials said Monday. Lott, 66, scheduled…

Fatcat political donations hit record levels

The volume of political donations from industries and interest groups is gushing to new records even before the first 2008 primaries are held, and Democrats are pocketing most of it. The…

Few friends for troubled lawmaker

Rep. John Doolittle is garnering tepid public support from his California GOP colleagues in the latest sign of his slumping political fortunes as he aims for re-election while under criminal…

Supremes to review handgun ban

The US Supreme Court Tuesday agreed for the first time in 70 years to review the right to own guns, as it considers whether the city of Washington can ban…

Even pro-defense Dems want out of Iraq

Though they believe the military situation in Iraq has begun to stabilize, Democratic congressmen with strong defense credentials continue to say U.S. involvement needs to end because of the cost,…

The poor struggling billionaire

When the agriculture lobby tries to justify its hugely expensive and inefficient system of taxpayer-paid subsidies and price supports, it invokes the "small family farm," conjuring up Grant Wood's famed…

Senators benefit from farm subsidies

For some lawmakers, the current U.S. Senate debate on farm subsidies strikes close to home. At least six senators have received government agriculture handouts in recent years. Although some pocket a relative…

Billionaries get ag handouts

More than 50 American billionaires have received government farm handouts in recent years from a program created to help struggling small farmers survive. In just two years, between 2003 and 2005,…

Striking out

Six months after his nomination to be the nation's top doc triggered fevered objections, James Holsinger just lost his best chance to finally get the job. Holsinger, a Kentucky public-health physician…