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More hype than actual reform

Amidst much self-congratulation, Congress after several false starts has succeeded in passing a bill tightening its ethics regulations. And if the new regs won't terribly diminish the role of cash…

A retreat from the border

It's occurring largely under the nation's radar screen, but the National Guard is well on the way to pulling thousands of its troops back from the border with Mexico, even…

Failed Congress leaves town in disgrace

The Democrats who came to power with so much hype and fanfare after the 2006 mid-term elections limped out of Washington Sunday, battered and bruised from multiple losses to the…

Congress caves to Bush on spy program

The House handed President Bush a victory Saturday, voting to expand the government's abilities to eavesdrop without warrants on foreign suspects whose communications pass through the United States. The 227-183 vote,…

Senate caves in to Bush demands

The Senate, in a high-stakes showdown over national security, voted late Friday to temporarily give President Bush expanded authority to eavesdrop on suspected foreign terrorists without court warrants. The House,…

House passes ethics reform

The US Senate on Thursday passed what its Democratic leaders proclaimed as the most sweeping law regulating lobbying and lawmakers' conduct in history, following a string of political scandals. But Republicans,…

More trouble for Ted Stevens

A Senate aide who handled Sen. Ted Stevens' personal bills did not report any payments from his personal funds, raising questions about whether the two violated gift restrictions or federal…

Finding justice or a scapegoat?

An old soldier once remarked that combining the words "military" and "justice" produces an oxymoron that is more aimed at finding a scapegoat to protect the particular service and those…

Don’t leave the children behind

The 5-year-old No Child Left Behind Act is relatively simple as federal laws go. School districts must test their students annually in reading and math in grades three through eight…

We have good…er bad…news

It's tough being a member of Congress. Even if you're in the majority, as is Democratic Rep. Nancy Boyda of Kansas, you never know when your ears may be assaulted…