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G.O.P. Leader Sees Outline of Tax Deal

Sen. Mitch McConnell predicted Congress would retain the Bush-era tax cuts and might extend jobless benefits. Read more……

Letter From Washington: Good Gossip, and No Harm Done to U.S.

Rather than exposing ineptitude, a reading of the WikiLeaks documents suggests that they actually reflect well on U.S. policy and diplomacy, with most of the cables reflecting professionalism. Read more……

Tax Fear May Move Bonuses Earlier

Worried that lawmakers will let taxes rise for the richest, firms have studied whether to move their payouts from next year to this month. Read more……

U.S., allies, plot North Korea strategy — without China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Japanese, South Korean and U.S. foreign ministers meet on Monday to plot strategy toward an increasingly provocative North Korea in the face of China’s reluctance to…

Meddling Neighbors Undercut Iraq Stability

Interference threatens to aggravate Iraq’s sectarian divisions and undercut efforts by Iraqi leaders to overcome rivalries and build a stable government. Read more……

Europe Wary of U.S. Bank Monitors

When Europeans halted a program used to monitor international banking transactions, the United States had to scramble to regain support for it. Read more……

G.E. and JPMorgan Got Lots of Fed Help in ’08

The two companies received help even as Jeffrey Immelt of G.E. and Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan sat on the nine-member board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Read…

Incoming GOP freshmen rapidly embracing big-money fundraisers

After Francisco “Quico” Canseco beat Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-Tex.) as part of the Republican wave on Nov. 2, the tea party favorite declared: “It’s going to be a new day…

Unusual methods helped ICE break deportation record, e-mails and interviews show

For much of this year, the Obama administration touted its tougher-than-ever approach to immigration enforcement, culminating in a record number of deportations. Read more……

The Caucus: The Biggest ‘Mo’ on Embassy Row

Staffers from the British, Australian and New Zealand embassies had their mustaches judged by players from the Washington Capitals. For charity. Read more……