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Move to cut off Cheney’s funds falls short

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday narrowly defeated a Democratic amendment to deny funds to operate Vice President Dick Cheney's office next year in a feud over his handling…

Senate subpoenas Bush, Cheney records

The Senate subpoenaed the White House and Vice President Dick Cheney's office Wednesday, demanding documents and elevating the confrontation with President Bush over the administration's warrant-free eavesdropping on Americans. Separately, the…

NRA outsmarts opponents once again

For the first time since taking control of Congress, gun-control Democrats are taking on the National Rifle Association. The NRA seems to be nipping the effort in the bud. At issue…

Immigration bill faces crucial test

Conservative Republican senators and a handful of Democrats are trying to put a final knife in President Bush's plan for legalizing millions of unlawful immigrants. A broad immigration bill, embracing what…

Rise of the ‘silent center’

There were no trumpets and no drums. No crowds cheering, no paparazzi scrambling. This was, after all, the U.S. Senate. And it was, after all, almost 8 p.m. Monday, and…

More Republicans walk away from Bush

Republican support for the Iraq war is slipping by the day. After four years of combat and more than 3,560 U.S. deaths, two Republican senators previously reluctant to challenge President…

GOP Senator says Bush’s war is failing

Sen. Richard Lugar, a senior Republican and a reliable vote for President Bush on the war, said that Bush's Iraq strategy was not working and that the U.S. should downsize…

An incredible double standard

"Do as I say, not as I do" appears to be the credo of some good-government groups, whose reluctance to reveal their contributors could help scuttle congressional ethics reforms. Watchdog groups…

A grim outlook for Iraq

In remarkably blunt terms, a little-known but highly influential adviser to the top U.S. commander in Iraq is predicting that July and August could be among the deadliest months ever…

Reps’ kin live large on campaign funds

Democrats and Republican members of Congress use millions of dollars in campaign funds to pay fat fees and salaries to family members. The practice is so widespread that lawmakers dismiss it…