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FBI searches Congressman’s home

FBI agents have searched the home of Republican Rep. John Doolittle, who is under scrutiny over his ties to convicted GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff, Doolittle’s attorney said Wednesday.

No compromise on Iraq funding

President Bush sparred across the table with Democratic congressional leaders opposed to the Iraq war on Wednesday in a prelude to a veto showdown over a conflict that has claimed the lives of more than 3,200 U.S. troops.

Congress still cool to gun control

After the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid cautioned Tuesday against a “rush to judgment” on stricter gun control. A leading House supporter of restrictions on firearms conceded passage of legislation would be difficult.

Dems split on Iraq funding

Congressional Democrats say there is no doubt President Bush will soon be confronted with legislation calling for an end to the Iraq war. But the new majority must decide how far to go in trying to tie Bush’s hands and what will happen after the president’s inevitable veto.

The debate is likely to expose fissures among Democrats, who remain divided on whether to cut off money for the unpopular war and risk leaving troops in the lurch.

Shootings delay Gonzales testimony

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is getting a two-day reprieve in his high-stakes appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee because of the shooting rampage at Virginia Tech.

Democrats raised new questions about the roles he and President Bush played in the dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys.

Dems walk tightrope on Iraq

Congressional Democrats say there is no doubt Iraq war.

But the new majority must decide how far to go in trying to tie Bush’s hands and what will happen after the president’s inevitable veto.

The debate is likely to expose fissures among Democrats, who remain divided on whether to cut off money for the unpopular war and risk leaving troops in the lurch.

Hillary holds fundraising lead

Senator Hillary Clinton has revealed that her campaign had raised 36 million dollars, which is the highest amount of money in the first quarter for any presidential candidate ever.

Campaign officials said late Sunday Clinton had by far the most cash on hand to spend in both primary and general elections of any candidate in the 2008 presidential field.

Deadlock continues between Bush, Congress

Deadlocked with Congress over Iraq, President Bush begins the week with a message that some good might come from sitting down with his Democratic adversaries. His vice president’s view is more antagonistic: Democrats will ultimately cave.