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Banks face Congressional wrath over foreclosures

Banks face Congressional wrath over foreclosures

Banks under fire over their foreclosure practices face twin hearings in Congress this week, at which they will come under renewed pressure to find ways to keep borrowers in their homes. The hearings on Tuesday and Thursday will include the first appearances by executives from major lenders like Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase since […]

New poll pops Palin’s bubble

New poll pops Palin’s bubble

Sarah Palin, once the star of the Republican and/or Tea parties, is now just a falling star, a new Gallup Poll shows. Gallup surveyed American voters following the Nov. 2 election and found Palin’s unfavorable numbers at a new high — 52 percent — while her favorable rating stands at 40 percent — tying her […]

Lame ducks return to Washington

Lame ducks return to Washington

House takeover, hobbled Democrats and invigorated Republicans return Monday to a testy tax dispute and a lengthy to-do list for a post-election session of Congress unlikely to achieve any landmark legislation. With change clearly in the air, more than 100 mainly Republican freshmen arrive on Capitol Hill to be schooled on the jobs they’ll assume […]

Newbies get a crash course in being a Congressman

Newbies get a crash course in being a Congressman

Where to live? Whom to hire? What’s a voting card — and where are the bathrooms? More than 100 members of Congress arrive in Washington this coming week for the first time since winning election, trading the loftiness of campaign speeches for mundane lessons in how to do their new jobs. It’s freshman orientation on […]

Election showcases Obama’s eroding base

Election showcases Obama’s eroding base

Near the midpoint of his presidency, Barack Obama‘s diverse voter coalition reveals giant cracks and he faces major work repairing his standing among independents in states crucial to his re-election chances. Catholics. Older people. Women. Young adults. They shifted toward Republicans in this month’s elections and failed to support Obama’s Democratic Party as they did […]

Voters don’t expect much from a GOP Congress

Voters don’t expect much from a GOP Congress

The voters who turned control of the House of Representatives to Republicans say they don’t expect much from a GOP Congress. Two polls say voters show little excitement about a Republican-led Congress. In a Pew Research Center poll, only 48 percent express any happiness or excitement about Republican leadership — a sharp contrast to the […]

Democrats cut deal to avoid leadership battle

Democrats cut deal to avoid leadership battle

House Democrats averted a messy leadership struggle, clearing the way for Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer to become second in command of their new minority without a challenge from South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn. Under an arrangement worked out in private, officials said late Friday that Clyburn would instead receive a new position, title unknown and […]

Obama urges earmark reform; GOP says just get rid of them

Obama urges earmark reform; GOP says just get rid of them

Confronting the nation’s mounting deficit, President Barack Obama is urging Congress to limit spending on pet home-state projects, while Republicans are challenging him to support an outright ban. In his weekly radio and online address Saturday, Obama said that with the economy still struggling to recover from the recession, the U.S. cannot afford unnecessary spending […]

Supreme Court rejects request to lift military gay ban

Supreme Court rejects request to lift military gay ban

The Supreme Court on Friday denied a request to lift the Pentagon’s ban that prevents openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. military, a decision that turns the focus on the issue to Congress when lawmakers return to work next week. President Barack Obama has pledged to end the “don’t ask, don’t […]

Deficit commission challenges conventional wisdom on budget

Deficit commission challenges conventional wisdom on budget

The leaders of the deficit commission are baldly calling out the budget myths of both political parties, challenging lawmakers to engage in the “adult conversation” they say they want. Their plan — mixing painful cuts to Social Security and Medicare with big tax increases — has no chance of enactment as written, certainly not as […]