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Rogers picked for House Appropriations panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Republican panel on Tuesday selected veteran Hal Rogers to chair the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee next year and take a lead role in efforts…

Dems may pair immigration bills

They are considering an agriculture jobs bill. Read more……

The Caucus: Mark Sanford: Scandal Had Its Upsides

Mark Sanford, nearing the end of his tenure as South Carolina’s governor, hints that the fallout from his affair helped him govern. Read more……

Democrats question Obama’s tax deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s plan to extend tax cuts for all Americans ran into trouble on Tuesday when his fellow Democrats questioned it and investors dumped U.S. Treasury…

U.S. drops push for Israel settlement freeze

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The United States on Tuesday abandoned its effort to persuade Israel to freeze construction of Jewish settlements, officials said, dealing a blow to efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian…

Pushing a Right to Bear Arms, the Sharp Kind

Changes in knife laws in Arizona and New Hampshire have given new life to the knife rights lobby. Read more……

Justice Dept. Ends Inquiry on Politician

The Justice Department dropped its inquiry into whether the California congressman improperly steered millions in projects to clients of a former colleague. Read more……

GOP taps Rogers to chair Approps

The representative with a history of earmarking is tasked with ending the practice. Read more……

Nigeria charges Cheney with bribery

African country pursues former vice president in connection with bribes totaling $180M. Read more……

Facing frustration from Democrats, Obama defends tax cuts deal

A defensive President Obama cast himself Tuesday as the guardian of middle-class Americans and the unemployed, saying sharply that he had to strike a deal with Senate Republicans over the…