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Levin wins top Ways and Means spot

The Democrat wins appeal of earlier loss. Read more……

Bid to repeal military gays policy fails in Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a White House-backed bid to repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the U.S. military, but lawmakers seeking to end the…

Boehner adds lobbyist to staff

The House speaker-elect hires the medical device industry’s chief lobbyist as his policy director. Read more……

Deficit summit? Not in the cards

The White House says no, at least for now, to the recommendation of Obama’s deficit commission. Read more……

Boehner lights up in the Capitol

John Boehner isn’t speaker yet, but he already seems to be playing by his own rules. Read more……

U.S. labor group to oppose Obama on South Korea trade

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The largest U.S. labor organization said on Thursday it will fight President Barack Obama on a free trade deal with South Korea, despite changes his administration made…

U.S. yanks high-speed rail funds for Wisconsin and Ohio

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Thursday rescinded $1.195 billion intended to fund the development of high-speed rail in Ohio and Wisconsin and said it will redirect the funds…

‘Don’t ask’ repeal fails in Senate

The repeal falls victim to partisan wrangling and the time pressures of the lame-duck session. Read more……

Graham: Seeing ‘weakness’ in Obama

He says the president’s rhetoric about a deal to extend tax cuts hints at ‘political immaturity.” Read more……

Senate Democrats shift strategy on imperiled immigration bill

A measure to legalize undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children that once enjoyed bipartisan support has run into opposition in the Senate. Read more……