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Washington Rule Makers Out of the Shadows

The nitty-gritty work of drafting regulations for the health care and financial overhauls is getting attention, and not just from readers of the Federal Register. Read more……

Senate, for Just the 8th Time, Votes to Oust a Federal Judge

Judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr. of Federal District Court in Louisiana was found to have received cash and favors from lawyers with dealings in his state court. Read more……

In Tax Deal, Many Public Employees Will Pay More

President Obama’s plan would end the Making Work Pay credit, which gave a tax reduction of up to $400 to workers with low and middle incomes. Read more……

Currents | Q&A: David Stark on Washington Chic

The event planner decorated State Department Diplomatic Reception Rooms to celebrate the rooms’ 50th anniversary. Read more……

Defense chief Gates to visit China next month

TOKYO/BEIJING (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates will visit China next month, as the world’s two largest economies try to repair a relationship that has been battered by arguments about…

FiveThirtyEight: ‘Don’t Ask’ Debate Caught in Tax Cut Crossfire

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ legislation may get derailed because of the tax debate. Read more……

House bars moving Guantanamo detainees to U.S. soil

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved legislation to prohibit moving terrorism suspects from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay to U.S. soil, a blow to President…

In Congress, short-timers pack up as a new wave prepares to move in

For most of us, the last stage of grief is acceptance. Read more……

In political gamble, Reid seeks votes that are sure to fail

On Wednesday afternoon, the most powerful man in the U.S. Senate did something that sounds odd: He set himself up to lose an important vote. Read more……

New Republican lawmakers are hiring lobbyists, despite campaign rhetoric

During his campaign to represent Wisconsin in the U.S. Senate, GOP nominee Ron Johnson accused Democratic incumbent Russell Feingold (D) of being “on the side of special interests and lobbyists.”…