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Judge clears way for Murkowski Alaska Senate win

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit by conservative Tea Party favorite Joe Miller that challenged his loss in Alaska’s election for a Senate seat,…

Judge dismisses challenge to Murkowski’s re-election

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s write-in election victory last month, clearing the way for Murkowski to be sworn in for a second…

Rangel raising funds for legal defense trust

Saddled with legal fees and facing possible new allegations, Rep. Charles Rangel said Tuesday he has started raising funds for a trust to pay his legal expenses. Read the full…

Death knell for ‘death panel’ debate?

The new voluntary policy for end-of-life counseling in Medicare could flip the debate on Republicans. Read the full story on Politico…

In Cuba, holiday cheer from Uncle Sam

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cubans who receive money from the United States are getting a cash bonus this holiday season from an Obama administration decision that should also cut the flow…

Personal threats a job perk for Congress

Personal threats a job perk for Congress

Growing hazard for members of Congress: Threats — both real and perceived. Pennies tinged in red, purported to be in blood, arrive at the office of outgoing speaker Nancy Pelosi,…

Obama to delay 2012 budget by about a week: official

HONOLULU (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, who has pledged to tackle long-term U.S. debt and deficit challenges, will delay the delivery of his fiscal year 2012 budget by about a…

The naked truth about scanners

Simon asks if the machines make us safer or if they’re just an expensive hoax. Read the full story on Politico…

Obama & amp; Wall St.: Still Venus & amp; Mars

The administration is regarded with a disdain so thick it often blurs to naked loathing. Read the full story on Politico…

Mikulski still breaking barriers in Senate

On the eve of becoming the longest-serving woman in the Senate, Barbara Mikulski remembers what a man’s world it was when she arrived there. Read the full story on CNN…