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The Caucus: Obama and G.O.P. Near Deal on 1-Year Payroll Tax Cut

As a deal with Republicans nears, including extending Bush-era rates, President Obama agreed to give up a middle and low-income credit from last year’s economic stimulus bill. Read more……

Obama, GOP reach deal to extend tax cuts

W.H. sources: The deal includes a payroll tax cut for workers in 2011, totaling $120 billion Read more……

Poll: Jimmy Carter takes big hit

The ex-president, a staunch foe of George W. Bush and Israel, has seen his popularity decline. Read more……

Media merger hysteria unwarranted

Opinion: Whenever two media giants propose a marriage, we hear Chicken Little-like warnings. Read more……

The Caucus: Senate to Decide Judge’s Fate

Judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr. of Louisiana has been suspended without pay since 2008. Read more……

Senators press China for action on trade, yuan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan group of 32 senators on Monday urged China to show “concrete progress” on beef, intellectual property and other trade irritants at a high-level meeting next…

UAW under fire for trade deal support

Organized labor is in an uproar over the new free trade agreement with South Korea. Read more……

WikiLeaks lists sites U.S. says vital to interests

LONDON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks published more details of sites around the globe that the United States considers vital to its interests, prompting strong criticism that the website is helping militants…

House eyes funding for Dodd-Frank

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives is likely to vote this week on a measure that could fund the new Dodd-Frank financial-industry crackdown and other priorities of the Obama…

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…