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Meddling Neighbors Undercut Iraq Stability

Interference threatens to aggravate Iraq’s sectarian divisions and undercut efforts by Iraqi leaders to overcome rivalries and build a stable government. Read more……

Europe Wary of U.S. Bank Monitors

When Europeans halted a program used to monitor international banking transactions, the United States had to scramble to regain support for it. Read more……

G.E. and JPMorgan Got Lots of Fed Help in ’08

The two companies received help even as Jeffrey Immelt of G.E. and Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan sat on the nine-member board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Read…

Incoming GOP freshmen rapidly embracing big-money fundraisers

After Francisco “Quico” Canseco beat Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-Tex.) as part of the Republican wave on Nov. 2, the tea party favorite declared: “It’s going to be a new day…

Unusual methods helped ICE break deportation record, e-mails and interviews show

For much of this year, the Obama administration touted its tougher-than-ever approach to immigration enforcement, culminating in a record number of deportations. Read more……

The Caucus: The Biggest ‘Mo’ on Embassy Row

Staffers from the British, Australian and New Zealand embassies had their mustaches judged by players from the Washington Capitals. For charity. Read more……

Bernanke says Fed might spend more

He defended the Fed’s decision to borrow $600 billion to help stimulate the economy. Read more……

Critics Accuse Group of a Serious Texas Sin: Forgetting the Alamo

Dissidents say the Daughters of the Republic of Texas are more concerned with a planned $36 million library and theater nearby than about preserving the site’s old buildings. Read more……

GOP: Doc fix can break health reform

The strategy would raid the new prevention fund to pay for a Medicare patch. Read more……

Lawmakers optimistic about deal on tax cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior lawmakers said on Sunday they were optimistic about striking a deal to extend Bush-era tax cuts for all taxpayers and continue emergency jobless aid for millions…