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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……

House bars moving Guantanamo detainees to U.S. soil

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved legislation to prohibit moving terrorism suspects from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay to U.S. soil, a blow to President…

In Congress, short-timers pack up as a new wave prepares to move in

For most of us, the last stage of grief is acceptance. Read more……

In political gamble, Reid seeks votes that are sure to fail

On Wednesday afternoon, the most powerful man in the U.S. Senate did something that sounds odd: He set himself up to lose an important vote. Read more……

New Republican lawmakers are hiring lobbyists, despite campaign rhetoric

During his campaign to represent Wisconsin in the U.S. Senate, GOP nominee Ron Johnson accused Democratic incumbent Russell Feingold (D) of being “on the side of special interests and lobbyists.”…

House passes "Dream Act" immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives approved a controversial measure on Wednesday providing a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who came to the United States before age 16.…

N.Y. Mayor Bloomberg attacks Washington, stokes the center

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has long hungered to be at the center of the national debate, to be regarded as one of New York’s greatest mayors, even to be seen as…

Senate votes to remove Louisiana judge from federal bench

The Senate on Wednesday convicted U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous of Louisiana on four articles of impeachment, making him just the eighth federal judge in history to be removed…

The Caucus: Senate Postpones ‘Don’t Ask’ Vote

Harry Reid is consulting with Susan Collins on terms for the debate, aides say. Read more……