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The Caucus: Applesauce, Sour Cream or Soy Sauce?

White House Hanukkah celebration features a nontraditional menu along with more traditional talk of faith (and tax cuts). Read more……

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…