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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…

For Obama, will it be Truman or Clinton?

In the weeks after his election two years ago, President Obama was often linked to two other presidents, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Today, Democrats debate whether he should…

Senate bid to renew "middle-class" tax cuts fails

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic measures to extend tax cuts for most Americans failed in the Senate on Saturday as Republicans — and some Democrats — blocked them because they did…

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Congressional calendar endangers repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

This was supposed to be the year that the law banning gays from serving openly in the military would be repealed. President Obama and the top Pentagon brass made clear…

Schumer exerts new power in tax fight

He’s wasting little time assuming his new power in the leadership over the Democrats’ message. Read more……

Millions Bracing for Cutoff of Unemployment Checks

Federal extensions of benefits for the long-term jobless have become ensnared lately in political jousting over the soaring budget deficit. Read more……