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‘Prince of Pork’ to Approps chair

Rogers sought some $176M in earmarks in 2 years. Read more……

GOP gets queasy over earmark ban

A number of Republicans fear the moratorium will not allow them to get money for their districts. Read more……

Biden’s job: Placate Dems, meet GOP

His most public assignment of late has been as the White House’s emissary to angry Democrats. Read more……

Would a Democrat really challenge Obama?

Howard Dean and Russ Feingold have both indicated that they won’t take on Obama. Read more……

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……