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Proposition 8 revisited: Televised gay marriage hearing begins in Calif. court

The national debate over gay rights moved to a California courtroom on Monday, with lawyers squaring off before federal judges over whether the state’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the…

Deal reached to fix Medicare doc pay

The fix comes from small changes in a tax subsidy program that is part of the new health care law. Read more……

The Caucus: Pact on Bush Tax Cuts Trims Payroll Levy

A deal being formulated to extend Bush-era tax cuts for two years is part of a package that would extend jobless aid and cut payroll taxes, an official said. Read…

U.S. population estimated at 306 million to 313 million

The population of the United States is 306 million. Or 313 million. Or somewhere in between. Read more……

Obama: ‘The right thing to do’

“I have no doubt everyone will find something in this compromise that they don’t like,” he warns. Read more……

GOP lawmakers want full debate on Fed nominee

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal Reserve nominee Peter Diamond’s nomination was in peril on Monday as several Republican lawmakers said they continue to object to it and are demanding a full…

Fill this out: Forms for GOP chairmen

Boehner and Cantor distribute a questionnaire to candidates for House chairmanships. Read more……

GOP lawmakers want full debate on Fed nominee

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Several Republican lawmakers are demanding a full debate over Federal Reserve nominee Peter Diamond, senior Senate aides said on Monday, putting his nomination in peril. Read more…

The Caucus: Elizabeth Edwards’s Cancer Spreads

Doctors have advised against additional medical treatment, two family friends say. Read more……

The Caucus: Obama and G.O.P. Near Deal on 1-Year Payroll Tax Cut

As a deal with Republicans nears, including extending Bush-era rates, President Obama agreed to give up a middle and low-income credit from last year’s economic stimulus bill. Read more……