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Smokescreen: Ban on pork is anything but

Smokescreen: Ban on pork is anything but

Despite their claims, the Republicans’ ban on earmarks won’t stop lawmakers from steering taxpayers’ dollars to pet projects. And it will have little if any effect on Washington’s far graver…

Christina Patterson: Politicians on Reality TV are a Good Reason to Get Out Your Gun

To the man in Wisconsin who shot his TV when he saw Bristol Palin on Dancing With The Stars, I have one word to say: respect. I imagine that he,…

Is ‘don’t ask’ repeal DOA?

If Democrats fail to pass the repeal next month it could be years before they get another shot. Read the full story.…

Report: U.S. Preparing Sweeping Insider-Trading Charges

Federal authorities, capping a three-year investigation, are preparing insider-trading charges that could ensnare consultants, investment bankers, hedge-fund and mutual-fund traders and analysts across the nation, according to people familiar with…

Senate approves compensation for black farmers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate unanimously approved a bill on Friday funding $1.15 billion in compensation to black farmers in a decades-old bias lawsuit that is one of the largest…

U.S. Pushing Pakistan For Expanded Drone Operation Areas

ISLAMABAD – The United States has renewed pressure on Pakistan to expand the areas where CIA drones can operate inside the country, reflecting concern that the U.S. war effort in…

Howard Steven Friedman: Mr. President, "Yes You Can" Show Backbone

Dear Mr. President – Your words are eloquent but your actions are lacking. Your party got trounced in the midterm elections for many reasons, but the economy was a major…

Office Space Turf Wars On Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON — Rep.-elect Bob Gibbs was trying to get this straight: There’s a public women’s bathroom in the middle of a congressman’s office suite? And in the building next door,…

Joe Miller Vote Count Challenge: Judge Temporarily Halts Certification Of Murkowski Win

JUNEAU, Alaska — An Alaska federal judge ruled Friday that Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller’s challenge to the counting of write-in ballots raises “serious” legal issues but is a matter…

Chris Weigant: Friday Talking Points [147] — Democrats Fighting The Good Fight

Well, I don’t know about anyone else, but I thought that was a pretty good week for Democrats. Maybe it’s just the subject matter I’ve been tackling this week, that…