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Bipartisan question: Why START now?

Obama works to ratify the arms control treaty. Read more……

The Caucus: The Weekend Word: Weekend Warriors

On Capitol Hill, lawmakers will be at work Saturday, searching for a tax-cut solution that both parties can live with. Read more……

Jokes and Secret Hopes for Lieutenant Governors

Mostly lacking real duties, seconds in command have plenty of time for making jokes at their own expense. Read more……

Obama Offers Hope for Debt Panel’s Plan

A majority on the panel backed the package to reduce projected deficits by $4 trillion over the next decade. Read more……

National Briefing | Midwest: Minnesota: Ballot Challenges Are Pulled

Tom Emmer said Friday that he would withdraw thousands of ballot challenges deemed frivolous in order to speed the recount in the Minnesota governor’s race. Read more……

BP Is Planning to Challenge Estimates of Oil Spill

The move could reduce the company’s liability by billions of dollars, according to documents filed with a presidential panel. Read more……

In a First for Obama, Nine Pardons Are Granted

It was the first time he exercised his clemency powers, narrowly avoiding surpassing President George W. Bush’s record for the longest wait for a presidential pardon in American history. Read…

Tax-Cut Debate Turns to Millionaires

Senate Democrats denounced Republicans for tax breaks for “millionaires and billionaires,” but braced for an extension of tax cuts at all levels. Read more……

8 Urns in ‘Unknown’ Grave at Arlington Spur Inquiry

The Army has opened a criminal investigation after the discovery of eight urns of cremated remains of soldiers in a grave marked “unknown.” Read more……

Leaked Cables Stir Resentment and Shrugs

The days of disclosures seem to be leaving many leery of baring their souls to American officials. Read more……