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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……

Lawmakers meet Fed’s Hoenig, discuss mandate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers on Thursday met with a senior Federal Reserve official who opposes the central bank’s easy money policies to discuss stripping the Fed of its task…

House sends $4.5 billion school-lunch bill to Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives passed on Thursday and sent to President Barack Obama a bill that boosts funding for the school lunch program by $4.5 billion through…

The Caucus: Napolitano Backs Immigration Bill

Secretary of Homeland Security says legislation would help focus resources on deporting dangerous criminals. Read more……

Reid "confident" Senate to consider START soon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Majority Leader Harry Reid expressed confidence on Thursday the U.S. Senate would debate the New START nuclear treaty with Russia this year, as he gave no sign…