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GOP taps freshmen for prime spots

The Republican Steering Committee begins to award plum committee posts. Read more……

‘Don’t ask’ repeal won’t die

Proponents say victory may be within sight. Read more……

Va. Gov. McDonnell outlines plan to fund transportation

RICHMOND – Gov. Robert F. McDonnell announced Thursday that he will ask state legislators to spend $400 million immediately on roads and bridges while borrowing an additional $2.9 billion over…

No sign of Senate action on Justice nominee Cole

For nearly five months, James M. Cole has been awaiting a Senate vote on his nomination for deputy attorney general, by far the longest delay to fill the position in…

Palin to Haiti with Graham

She and an evangelist will visit a cholera clinic. Read more……

Capehart: DADT repeal failure: next steps

Those who questioned Main Republican Sen. Susan Collins’s sincerity in wanting to repeal don’t ask don’t tell (DADT) got their comeuppance when the Republican from Maine did what she hinted…

Airport pat-down of India envoy appropriate: U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An airport pat-down of the Indian ambassador to the United States in Mississippi angered her government but the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday said it was…

Jobless Hill Democrats twisting slowly, slowly . . .

Some of the 2,000 or so Democratic staffers on Capitol Hill who are losing their jobs in the coming weeks as a result of November’s “Great Shellacking” are angry at…

Obama dangled White House visit to ease Ivorian row

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama offered to invite Laurent Gbagbo to the White House if he respected Ivory Coast’s election and stepped down, but has not received a response,…

Levin wins top Ways and Means spot

The Democrat wins appeal of earlier loss. Read more……