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Obama proposes freeze in federal worker pay

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama proposed a two-year freeze on Monday on the pay of federal workers and vowed to work with Republicans to cut the ballooning U.S. budget deficit. Read more

U.S. "dismayed" by Egyptian election process

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Monday reports of “irregularities” in Egypt’s parliamentary elections raise questions about the “fairness and transparency” of the process. Read more

Democrats press Republicans on START ratification

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With little time remaining for action by the current Congress, Senate Democrats stepped up pressure on Monday on Republicans to support ratification of the New START nuclear treaty with Russia, saying it was critical for U.S. security. Read more

Republican takes Obama’s former Senate seat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Mark Kirk was sworn in on Monday to take President Barack Obama’s old U.S. Senate seat from Illinois, cutting Democrats’ majority in the chamber for the final weeks of the year to 58-42. Read more

White House: No deal on taxes expected Tuesday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is not expected to reach a deal with Republican leaders on whether to extend Bush-era tax cuts when he meets them on Tuesday, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said. Read more