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Chicago News Cooperative: Petition Process Equalizes Candidates; Results Help Separate Field

To become a candidate for office in Chicago, you must first gather the required signatures, which can be a lesson in organization and trust. Read more……

Tax fight puts Schumer at odds with Obama

President Obama is getting along better than ever with Capitol Hill Republicans. But his relationship with Democratic Sen. Charles E. Schumer has hit a rough patch. Read more……

Santorum: A 2012 long shot tests the water

GOFFSTOWN, N.H. – It was pushing 10 p.m., and Rick Santorum was sitting at the corner table in a near-empty Dunkin’ Donuts. The garishly lit scene might have been lifted…

Senate delivers potentially fatal blow to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ repeal efforts

The Senate on Thursday dealt another punch – this one potentially fatal – to the legislative effort to end the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. The result infuriated gay…

Reid won’t push poker in tax-cut bill

With the session winding down, he has a dwindling set of ways to enact the measure. Read more……

Senate tax bill lures Dems

Pot-sweeteners include a break for mass transit users. Read more……

Democrats defy Obama on tax deal as Senate sets vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Angry Democrats in the House of Representatives on Thursday rejected President Barack Obama’s plan to extend low tax rates, as the Senate scheduled a vote on the…

The Caucus: Obamas Light National Christmas Tree

A moment for holiday wishes and thoughts of energy conservation. Read more……

The Caucus: Consensus Lacking in Senate Last Two Years

The number of unanimous approvals in the Senate this Congress was the lowest since the mid-1990s. Read more……

The Caucus: Progressives Keeping Heat on Obama

The latest ad from a liberal group presses President Obama on the Bush tax cuts. Read more……