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Obama, congressional Democrats to meet on taxes: aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic leaders in the Congress will meet later on Monday with President Barack Obama to discuss efforts to pass legislation this year extending Bush-era tax cuts, according…

N.H. GOP chair won’t run again

Sununu announces he won’t seek a second term, leaving a key vacancy within GOP ranks. Read more……

U.S. hopes China will send clear signal to North Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday she hoped China would send a clear and unmistakable signal to North Korea that it must end what she…

Hastings tries last-minute energy grab

The lawmaker has taken the fight over energy jurisdiction to the steering panel this week. Read more……

Stromberg: Obama, Republicans’ ominous deal on Bush tax cuts

For weeks, observers have preemptively hailed the sort of deal the White House and congressional Republicans seem to be striking on extending the Bush tax cuts. Republicans, it seems, will…

U.S. eyes trade "triple crown" as APEC host

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States plans a big push toward freer trade in the Asia Pacific region in 2011, starting with approval of bilateral free trade agreement with South…

Cohen: Who is reading about Sarah Palin — and why?

Sarah Palin. The reason I started this post with the name Sarah Palin is that two weeks ago, when I wrote about Palin and Michelle Obama, my column was recommended…

Same-Sex Initiative Reaches Next Hurdle

A federal three-judge panel will begin hearing arguments Monday on Proposition 8, California‚Äôs ban of same-sex marriage. Read more……

44: Obama warns of new ‘Sputnik moment’ for United States

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.–President Obama warned of another “Sputnik moment” in the United States in a speech here, saying the country must invest in innovation and technology as it did in the…

Federal Eye: Gates ‘not particularly optimistic’ about ‘don’t ask’ repeal

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is joining a growing chorus of skeptics who doubt that Congress will end the ban on gays in the military this year. Read more……