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Senators target exessive insurance salaries

Democratic senators are taking aim at insurance industry executive pay as they jockey for advantage in a rare weekend session to debate President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Republicans are showcasing…

Sen. Baucus recommended girlfriend for U.S. Atttorney

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus was romantically involved with a former staffer when he recommended her earlier this year to become the next U.S. attorney for Montana, a spokesman…

Democrats fight each other over public option

On the Senate floor, Democrats are debating Republicans on health care. Behind the scenes, they're debating each other.

Those closed-door discussions may be less predictable — and more consequential — as…

Despite doubts, Congress will back Obama’s war plan

President Barack Obama appears to have secured what President George W. Bush couldn't: bipartisan support for an unpopular and faltering war.

Despite expressing an uneasiness about the details, lawmakers are poised…

Tempers flare in angry health care debate

A Republican senator asserted Tuesday during a rancorous floor debate that President Barack Obama's health care overhaul will shorten the lives of America's seniors by cutting Medicare.

"I have a message…

House will vote to extend estate tax rates

House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer said the chamber would vote this week to permanently extend the estate tax rates scheduled to expire at the end of 2009, but the road…

Get ready: Health care debate will be nasty

Democrats called it a historic opportunity. Republicans called it a sham.

Long-awaited debate over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul kicked off in the Senate with lawmakers trading bitter partisan words…

Sanders opposes Bernanke renomination

Sen. Bernie SandersSenator Bernie Sanders said on Sunday he will not vote to reconfirm Ben Bernanke as chairman of…

Democrats: Health care reform will pass, but…

Leading Democrats on Sunday said they expect Congress to pass a major healthcare reform backed by President Barack Obama, but supporters may have to accept legislation that falls short on…

Democratic health care coalition falling apart

The 60 votes aren't there any more.

With the Senate set to begin debate Monday on health care overhaul, the all-hands-on-deck Democratic coalition that allowed the bill to advance is fracturing.

Some…