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Farewell to feel-good House resolutions

Republicans move to get rid of votes on symbolic resolutions and plan to post conference rules online. Read more……

DOJ drops Ensign investigation

Sen. John Ensign says he will not face federal charges growing out of a Justice inquiry. Read more……

House approves short-term spending bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to avert a federal government shutdown by extending temporary funding for another two weeks, giving Democrats time to craft a…

White House memo outlines new anti-leak measures

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House has set up a special anti-WikiLeaks panel after the embarrassing flood of State Department cables leaked by the website, and its proposals include teams…

Branstad warns GOP hopefuls

The incoming Iowa governor warns those mulling presidential bids not to skip his state’s straw poll. Read more……

Obama reverses on offshore drilling

The White House’s uneasy on again, off again relationship with offshore oil drilling is off again. Read more……

In Memoriam: House climate committee

The House Democrats’ prized global warming committee died quietly on Wednesday. Read more……

Geithner and lawmakers kick off Bush-era tax cut talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s top economic advisers and key leaders in Congress kicked off talks on Wednesday to break an impasse over extending low Bush-era tax rates that…

U.S. tax chief warns of glitches if AMT fix delayed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. tax chief told lawmakers on Wednesday the Internal Revenue Service needs clarity on the fate of the alternative minimum tax, which could ensnare 21 million…

Deficit panel recalibrates, seeks more support

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A presidential panel on balancing the U.S. budget on Wednesday revised its fiscal austerity plan with deeper spending cuts and a more flexible tax code overhaul, hoping…