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Congress votes to avert government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress on Thursday extended soon-to-expire funding for the federal government for another two weeks, giving Democrats time to craft a more lasting solution. Read more…

RNC, DNC each $15M+ in debt

The Republican committee is $4.4 million in the red over the course of Michael Steele’s chairmanship. Read more……

The Caucus: Progressives Keep Pressure on Obama

A new television ad from MoveOn.org Political Action urges the president to stay strong on the Bush-era tax cuts. Read more……

FiveThirtyEight: Qatar’s High-Risk World Cup

Serious questions remain about the decision to select Qatar as a host for the World Cup. Read more……

The Caucus: When Leaders Pass, Like Ships in the Night

Harry Reid came calling but Mitch McConnell wasn’t there. Read more……

House votes to censure Rangel on ethics charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives censured veteran Democrat Charles Rangel for ethics violations on Thursday, forcing the former chief tax writer to face a humiliating public rebuke before…

Deficit-cutting plan stumbles in uphill climb

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bold plan to slash the U.S. budget deficit appeared on Thursday to be falling short of the support needed from members of a presidential commission to…

Ensign’s woes aren’t over yet

Asked twice if he’d support Ensign’s reelection bid, Mitch McConnell wouldn’t say. Read more……

China’s U.N. influence rising, West should be careful: institute

SYDNEY (Reuters) – China’s engagement with the United Nations is on the rise as its economic power grows, but the West should be cautious with calls for it to act…

Tim Bishop’s lead expands again

The New York Democrat continues to inch away from Republican challenger Randy Altschuler. Read more……