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For Pentagon Lawyer Who Co-Wrote Report on Gays, Military Bias Hits Home

Jeh C. Johnson, the Defense Department’s general counsel, had to navigate numerous legal challenges to the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” law as he prepared the report for repeal. Read…

Lawmakers Weigh Deal to Extend Tax Cuts for All

Negotiators are discussing a deal to extend all of the Bush-era tax cuts, perhaps for two years, after an Obama plan to let rates rise for top incomes failed in…

News Analysis: Arizona Medicaid Cuts Seen as a Sign of the Times

A decision to eliminate coverage for certain transplants is testament to both the severity of fiscal pressures on the states and the bloodlessness of budget-cutting in Arizona. Read more……

Diplomatic Memo: From WikiLemons, Clinton Tries to Make Lemonade

After five days of headlines, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to highlight the hard work of American diplomats. Read more……

If Only Laws Were Like Sausages

A single cook, a specific recipe, quality control and uniform production — a visit to a real sausage factory suggests Congress could learn from the wurst. Read more……

Political Times: Of Debts and Doubts: Reading the Deficit Panel’s Report

The report issued by the president’s fiscal commission last week was a call to sacrifice, but not in the name of national greatness. Read more……

Senate blocks legislation to extend Bush-era tax cuts

The Senate on Saturday rejected two Democratic proposals to let tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans expire, a symbolic but bitter defeat that now forces the Democratic majority to compromise…

Working for the right START

Opinion: I’m optimistic we will vote on ratifying New START before Congress adjourns. Read more……

As Rangel demonstrates, shame no longer required after political wrongdoing

In Washington, shame isn’t what it used to be. That was the lesson of the showdown Thursday between Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) and the rest of the House of…

Judge fights in Iowa, Illinois signal new era for retention elections

By the standards of today’s judicial elections, the $3 million that poured into one race for the Illinois Supreme Court this year was a large but not unusual sum. Judicial…