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Bloomberg comments stir more political speculation

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s latest critique of the U.S. political system on Wednesday stirred renewed debate whether the independent billionaire may mount a third-party run…

Tax deal moves forward despite doubts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A plan by President Barack Obama to broadly extend tax cuts moved forward on Wednesday despite opposition from his own Democrats and fear in bond markets of…

The Caucus: Hitting Home: How Is Your Community Dealing With Budget Woes?

Join Times correspondents Thursday in a conversation about how state and local governments are dealing with budget crises. Ask a question or share your story about what is happening in…

Canada and U.S. to sign border, security deal: report

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada and the United States are working on a new security and trade deal that would allow people and goods to flow more easily between the two…

Judge: Miller ruling likely on Friday

A state judge said he will likely rule on Miller’s lawsuit about the Alaska Senate race. Read more……

Senate removes Louisiana judge from office

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to convict Federal District Court Judge G. Thomas Porteous of impeachment charges and remove him from the bench, the first such…

Reid: Tax vote coming in ‘day or two’

Though details are still under discussion, the senate majority leader expects a vote soon. Read more……

In Interview, Bernanke Backs Tax Code Shift

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said on “60 Minutes” that the tax code should be made more efficient. Read more……

Energy incentives to sweeten tax bill?

Tax extenders for pet energy industries could help. Read more……

Prescriptions: F.D.A. Panel Backs New Diet Pill

Contrave could be the first new diet drug in more than a decade, but a panel is concerned about some health risks. Read more……