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Democrats lock up 60th vote on health care

Sen. Ben Nelson

Senate Democrats close in on 60 votes

Senate Democrats appear within reach of the 60 votes necessary to pass President Barack Obama's health care legislation after a long year of struggle and a final burst of deadline…

Most Americans rate Congress low on ethics

Gallup poll

For the first time in Gallup's annual Honesty and Ethics of Professions poll, a majority of Americans -- 55% -- say the…

Other ‘must-pass’ legislation clears key hurdle

Must-pass legislation that wraps up the bulk of the remaining congressional agenda besides health care easily cleared a key Senate hurdles early Friday morning.

Anchored by a $626 billion Pentagon funding…

Democrat vs. Democrat: The soap opera continues

It's one of the oldest spectator sports in American politics: Democrat vs. Democrat. Welcome to the health care overhaul edition.

With just days remaining to prove that they can meet a…

Graham: An odd champion for climate change action

Sen. Lindsey GrahamSen. Lindsey Graham makes an unlikely champion for action…

The death of health care reform

The liberals' longtime dream of a government-run health care system for all died Wednesday in the Senate, but Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont vowed it will return when the realization…

Health care ‘reform’ slogs towards murky end

The U.S. Senate staggered toward the healthcare finish line on Wednesday, as Republicans used new tactics to delay debate and a Democratic holdout remained uncommitted after meeting President Barack Obama.

With…

Congress tackles Medicare “doughnut hole”

It's an annual ordeal for many seniors living on a budget. Medicare's coverage gap for prescription drugs — $3,610 next year — has steadily gotten bigger since the benefit's inception.…

House pushes toward year-end finish

In a headlong rush to leave town for the year, the House is trying to clear its plate of legislation to finance the military, help the jobless and permit the…