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It’s a new year: Help make this a better country

The kickoff of a new year — and, for that matter, a new decade — is a good time to look down the road and make a pact with ourselves…

10 to watch: Senators on energy

These upper-chamber lawmakers are poised to be major players on the issue in the new year. Read the full story on Politico…

Obama to get 12 days of Christmas holiday

President Barack Obama is giving himself a little more time to recharge his batteries by extending his Hawaiian vacation another day, White House spokesman Bill Burton said Wednesday. Read the…

Challenges await reborn GOP in 2011

After being left for dead in the wake of the 2008 election, Republicans staged a stunning comeback over the past year. Read the full story on CNN…

U.S. worried by reports of Pakistan detentions: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is voicing concern over reports from human rights groups that Pakistan’s security forces are holding thousands of political separatists without charge, The New York…

U.S. revokes Venezuelan ambassador’s visa

WASHINGTON/CARACAS (Reuters) – The United States revoked the visa of Venezuela’s ambassador to Washington in retaliation for President Hugo Chavez’s rejection of a nominated U.S. envoy critical of his government,…

Senate ethics panel dismisses complaint against Dodd

The Senate Ethics Committee has dismissed a complaint of alleged corruption by retiring Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, according to statements Wednesday from Dodd and the group the filed…

Obama extends Hawaii vacation after delayed start

HONOLULU (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is extending his vacation in Hawaii by a day to spend more time with his family after their departure from Washington was delayed last…

Obama names temporary ambassadors to Syria and Turkey

HONOLULU (Reuters) – President Barack Obama took the rare step Wednesday of temporarily appointing U.S. ambassadors to Syria, Turkey and Azerbaijan, restoring a top U.S. envoy to Damascus after an…

Lockheed, Austal split U.S. Navy ship deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp and the U.S. unit of Australia’s Austal Ltd won on Wednesday U.S. Navy contracts potentially worth more than $3.5 billion each to design and…