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Scandal-tinged Congressman calls it quits

Scandal-tinged Congressman calls it quits

Rep. David Wu of Oregon was being pressured to leave Congress sooner rather than later after the House Democratic leader sought an investigation into a young woman’s allegation that she had an unwanted sexual encounter with him. Wu, 56, a seven-term Democrat from Portland whose unusual behavior had been the subject of news stories earlier […]

Boehner walks out on debt limit talks

Boehner walks out on debt limit talks

House Speaker John Boehner abruptly broke off talks with President Barack Obama Friday night on a deal to make major cuts in federal spending and avert a threatened government default, sending already uncertain compromise efforts into instant crisis. Within minutes, an obviously peeved Obama virtually ordered congressional leaders to the White House Saturday morning for […]

Crunch time on debt limit talks

Crunch time on debt limit talks

Efforts to avoid an unprecedented U.S. default enter crunch time on Friday, with President Barack Obama and top lawmakers engaged in a sometimes chaotic drive to strike a sweeping deficit-reduction deal. With the clock ticking toward an August 2 deadline to raise the U.S. debt ceiling, Obama and the senior Republican in Congress, House Speaker […]

House budget plan faces defeat in Senate

House budget plan faces defeat in Senate

The Senate is moving to cast away a budget cutting plan passed by the Republican-controlled House, clearing the way for increasingly urgent government talks over raising the nation’s debt ceiling. President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner searched once more for an ambitious $4 trillion grand bargain, but officials said wide differences remained. Less […]

Panetta set to end gay military ban

Panetta set to end gay military ban

Pentagon chief Leon Panetta has decided to end the ban on gays serving openly in the armed services and certify that repealing the 17-year-old prohibition will not hurt the military’s ability to fight, officials said Thursday. His decision, which was expected, comes two weeks after the chiefs of the military services told Panetta that ending […]

New debt plan targets favored tax deductions

New debt plan targets favored tax deductions

A new bipartisan plan to reduce government borrowing would target some of the most cherished tax breaks enjoyed by millions of families — those promoting health insurance, home ownership, charitable giving and retirement savings — in exchange for lowering overall tax rates for everyone. Many taxpayers would face higher taxes — a total of at […]

Bachmann: Migraines ain’t no big deal

Bachmann: Migraines ain’t no big deal

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann sought on Wednesday to reassure voters that her migraines are not debilitating, releasing a doctor’s statement that said she is able to manage them. A report on The Daily Caller website said Bachmann, a deeply conservative member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota, suffers from stress-induced severe headaches […]

‘Gang of Six’ breathes new life into debt talks

‘Gang of Six’ breathes new life into debt talks

For the first time in a long, bitter fight over budget deficits and raising the U.S. debt limit, Democrats and Republicans have found a big idea they both might like: a “Gang of Six” proposal that unexpectedly burst onto the scene on Tuesday. After two months of dormancy, the bipartisan group of six senators outlined […]