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Sanders filibuster stalls Senate

Seven-hour speech vaults Vermont senator to top of Twitter searches. Read more……

Holbrooke taken to hospital

Diplomat is hospitalized at George Washington. Read more……

Defense chief Robert Gates keeps pushing for repeal of gay ban

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates urged Congress on Friday to lift a ban on gays serving openly in the military, saying he was disappointed…

Ron Paul looking for Fed ‘reforms’

He wrote the book about cutting the Fed, but the congressman says that is “not really” his goal. Read more……

Ratify New START before it’s too late

Opinion: Five military leaders say failing to ratify it soon has serious consequences. Read more……

Jackson Jr. likens Obama to Reagan

He says this “starve the beast” plan forces Congress to make deep cuts to vulnerable programs. Read more……

FiveThirtyEight: Travel Advisory

I’ll be traveling in Tokyo and Hong Kong for the next week and a half for what is technically supposed to qualify as a vacation, so my posting schedule is…

Columnists see opposites in tax-cut Rorschach

Charles Krauthammer and Paul Krugman are in agreement about why the tax deal is bad for America. Read more……

House Passes Bill Averting Cut in Medicare Reimbursements

A measure freezing repayment rates for doctors until the end of 2011 won final approval, and the president is expected to sign it. Read more……

Senate Stalls Bill to Repeal Gay Policy in Military

After a 57-to-40 vote, chances for passage of a measure to end “don’t ask, don’t tell” this year were severely diminished. Read more……