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Dems push their own spy bill

House Democrats pushed their government eavesdropping bill through two committees Wednesday with only minor changes, setting the stage for a confrontation with the Bush administration. President Bush said that he will…

Dems back down on troop withdrawl

Congressional Democrats have put on the back burner legislation ordering troops home from Iraq and turned their attention to war-related proposals that Republicans are finding hard to reject. The legislative agenda…

GOP’s sins bite them in the butt

Facing untimely resignations, an unpopular war and a troubling 2008 election landscape, Senate Republicans didn't need another headache this week. But they got one anyway when Sen. Larry Craig vowed Thursday…

Another corrupt GOP pol goes on trial

A defense contractor appeared for the first day of his trial Wednesday on charges that he paid 700,000 dollars in bribes to a former prominent US lawmaker who has since…

House wants Iraq contingency plan

The US House of Representatives on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to require President George W. Bush to tell Congress how he plans to eventually extricate US troops from Iraq. Though the measure…

Senate kowtows to Bush…again

The US Senate Monday passed a mammoth 648 billion dollar defense policy bill, shorn of attempts by disappointed anti-war Democrats to dictate President George W. Bush's Iraq strategy. The bill included…

Is Obama really a leader?

Nobody can dispute that Barack Obama opposed the Iraq war from the start and, with striking prescience, predicted U.S. troops would be mired in a costly conflict that fanned "the…

Too much ‘You’ve got mail!’

Interest on Capitol Hill is growing to create a government-run "Do Not Mail" list to fight back against the mountains of junk mail clogging Americans' mailboxes. Across the country, at least…

Will the GOP become extinct?

It is gallows humor time for Republicans in Congress, where one lawmaker jokes that "there's talk about us going the way of the Whigs," the 19th century political party long…

The lost art of compromise

The drawdown of troops in Iraq without leaving the country and the region in absolute chaos needs one elusive ingredient to succeed -- bipartisanship. Without some political detente between Republicans…