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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…

Republicans Name Leaders of House Committees

John A. Boehner, who will be the next speaker, says empowerment is a goal. Read more……

Albany Inquiry Ends in Penalty for a Lobbyist

Patricia Lynch must pay $500,000 and cannot interact with the New York State comptroller’s office for five years. Read more……

White House Memo: To Win Re-election, Obama Needs Political Center

As President Obama defends the tax accord, the nation is witnessing a pivot point in his presidency. Read more……

Washington Rule Makers Out of the Shadows

The nitty-gritty work of drafting regulations for the health care and financial overhauls is getting attention, and not just from readers of the Federal Register. Read more……

Senate, for Just the 8th Time, Votes to Oust a Federal Judge

Judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr. of Federal District Court in Louisiana was found to have received cash and favors from lawyers with dealings in his state court. Read more……

In Tax Deal, Many Public Employees Will Pay More

President Obama’s plan would end the Making Work Pay credit, which gave a tax reduction of up to $400 to workers with low and middle incomes. Read more……

Currents | Q&A: David Stark on Washington Chic

The event planner decorated State Department Diplomatic Reception Rooms to celebrate the rooms’ 50th anniversary. Read more……

Defense chief Gates to visit China next month

TOKYO/BEIJING (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates will visit China next month, as the world’s two largest economies try to repair a relationship that has been battered by arguments about…

FiveThirtyEight: ‘Don’t Ask’ Debate Caught in Tax Cut Crossfire

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ legislation may get derailed because of the tax debate. Read more……