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Hopes for cooperation quickly dashed

The idea of a bipartisan tax-cut bargain evaporates before lunchtime on Wednesday. Read more……

Obama says confident on getting tax cut deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama expressed confidence on Wednesday that Democrats and Republicans would be able to break a political deadlock and reach a deal on soon-to-expire Bush-era tax…

Michelle’s nutrition bill derailed

House Republicans use a procedural gambit on bill. Read more……

McConnell’s chief of staff to leave

The chief of staff will leave at the end of December. Read more……

Murkowski eager for race wrap-up

A lengthy legal process could create a host of problems for the Senate in January. Read more……

Obama faces great deficit divide

Opinion: The deficit choice is not between centrist reforms and liberals who resist change. Read more……

Pentagon says cost cuts not aimed at profits

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Pentagon’s chief arms buyer underscored on Wednesday the Defense Department’s determination to cut costs, but sought to reassure investors the initiative was not aimed at…

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…