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Obama makes first move in budget chess match

Obama makes first move in budget chess match

The president’s budget has all the trappings of a financial document — ledgers, tables, economic projections. But it is, foremost, a political declaration. With this budget, President Barack Obama cast himself as a sensible fiscal manager — not too harsh, not too soft — while exploiting internal Republican struggles over how much cutting is too […]

White House wants standards for mortgages

White House wants standards for mortgages

The Obama administration favors creating a national standard for mortgage servicers such as Bank of America Corp (BAC.N) and JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) that have been accused of botching home foreclosure procedures. In unveiling its plan to overhaul the housing finance system, the White House said on Friday it supports reforms to correct problems […]

Can John Ensign restore his reputation?

Can John Ensign restore his reputation?

His conservative reputation wounded by the true-life soap opera of an extramarital affair and a betrayed best friend, Nevada Sen. John Ensign is trying to revive his political career and emerge victorious in a contest few think he can win. Ensign, who faces ethics charges stemming from an affair with a former employee married to […]

Palin hires chief of staff for PAC

Palin hires chief of staff for PAC

Sarah Palin has hired longtime political strategist Michael Glassner as chief of staff of her political action committee. The hire, confirmed to The Associated Press on Saturday morning by Palin aide Rebecca Mansour and SarahPAC Treasurer Tim Crawford, is certain to fuel fresh speculation about Palin’s possible intent to run for president in 2012. Palin […]

Rowdy conservatives heckle Hatch at CPAC

Rowdy conservatives heckle Hatch at CPAC

Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah was heckled for his support of the Wall Street bailout during his Friday appearance at a conservative gathering, another sign the Republican could face trouble earning his party’s nomination for re-election in 2012. During an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Hatch was asked why conservatives should believe him […]

Webb decides one Senate term is enough

Webb decides one Senate term is enough

Freshman Democratic Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia announced Wednesday he will retire when his term ends next year, deepening the challenge to his party as it struggles to maintain a Senate majority in the 2012 elections. In an e-mail announcement, the 65-year-old former Navy secretary said that after much thought, he had decided to return […]

Another abortion war brewing

Another abortion war brewing

House Republican leaders have made new restrictions on abortion one of their top priorities, pushing a divisive issue to the forefront of the congressional agenda. Democrats say legislation imposing those restrictions would send women back to the days of back-alley abortionists, while Republicans say the main goal is to make a hodgepodge of existing temporary […]

No shirt, no job

No shirt, no job

A married New York congressman accused of sending a shirtless photo of himself to a woman abruptly resigned his seat Wednesday, saying he was quitting because he regretted actions that had hurt his family and others. The gossip website Gawker reported Wednesday that Rep. Christopher Lee, a two-term Republican, had e-mailed the photo to a […]

Jane Harman expected to resign from Congress

Jane Harman expected to resign from Congress

Rep. Jane Harman, a leading congressional voice on national security and ranking Democrat on a key House intelligence panel, told constituents on Monday she would resign her seat if named to head a Washington think tank. Harman, serving her ninth term representing California’s 36th district, including an area of west Los Angeles, said she was […]