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Sidewalk Meeting for State Senator and Lawyer Leads to Guilty Plea

After 28 years in public office, Vincent L. Leibell III pleaded guilty in federal court to obstruction of justice and tax charges. Read more……

Court weighs constitutionality of gay marriage ban

Court weighs constitutionality of gay marriage ban

A line of questioning at an appeals court hearing over California‘s gay marriage ban suggested the three judges could issue a decision that would legalize same-sex marriage in that state…

Obama’s tax cut extension part of strategy to show bipartisanship

Although his liberal supporters are furious about the decision, President Obama’s willingness to extend all of the George W. Bush-era tax cuts is part of what White House officials say…

Study: 39,294 earmarks sought in 1 year

Republicans and Democrats submitted requests topping $100 billion this fiscal year. Read more……

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Despite critics, Hill ethics office likely to survive

In the 33 months since it was formed, the Office of Congressional Ethics has been called unfair, unreasonable and out of control. It has clashed with the House ethics committee…

FiveThirtyEight: Previewing the G.O.P.’s 2012 Argument on Tax Cuts

The timing of the extension of the Bush tax cuts ensures that tax policy will be the subject of a vigorous debate during the 2012 presidential election. Read more……

Senate to hold rare trial of judge

In March, the House voted to impeach Louisiana Judge G. Thomas Porteous on four counts. Read more……

Proposition 8 revisited: Televised gay marriage hearing begins in Calif. court

The national debate over gay rights moved to a California courtroom on Monday, with lawyers squaring off before federal judges over whether the state’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the…

Deal reached to fix Medicare doc pay

The fix comes from small changes in a tax subsidy program that is part of the new health care law. Read more……