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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……

Republicans Block U.S. Health Aid for 9/11 Workers

Senate Republicans raised concerns about how to pay for the $7.4 billion bill to provide care for workers. Read more……

McCain: We’re ‘very close’ on START

He hopes the Senate will act on the treaty soon. Read more……

Obama mulls tax reform as ’11 priority

He wants lower rates, with smaller deficit. Read more……

Obama Weighs Tax Overhaul in Bid to Address Debt

The overhaul would aim to lower rates and raise revenues in an effort to begin addressing the growth of the national debt. Read more……

The Caucus: The Confounding Final Days of the 111th Congress

To those not steeped in legislative arcana or political minutia, the lame-duck session seems simply odd. Read more……

A pardon for Jim Morrison: Just a few years late

A pardon for Jim Morrison: Just a few years late

A hot, frenzied night in Miami changed life for Jim Morrison and The Doors. That’s something the late singer’s pardon on indecent exposure and profanity charges can’t correct. “It made…