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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…

Testy Obama fires back at Democrats over tax deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A testy President Barack Obama on Tuesday expressed frustration at his own Democrats for attacking him over his tax-cut deal with Republicans, who he called uncompromising “hostage…

The Caucus: More G.O.P. Support for Arms Treaty

Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire said he is leaning toward voting for the treaty, known as New Start, if it comes up before the Senate adjourns. Read more……

U.S. mulls reviving indirect Middle East peace talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is weighing a return to indirect Israeli-Palestinian peace talks following its failure to revive direct negotiations because of disagreements over Israeli settlement construction, two…