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Cunningham blames lawyers for plea

The former lawmaker is 4½ years into his prison sentence for accepting bribes. Read the full story.…

W.H. outlines insurer spending rules

With new regulation, companies must spend 85 percent of funds from premiums on health care. Read the full story.…

U.S. corn ethanol "was not a good policy": Gore

ATHENS (Reuters) – Former vice-president Al Gore said support for corn-based ethanol in the United States was “not a good policy”, weeks before tax credits are up for renewal. Read…

Clinton: Karzai supports U.S. strategy

She says the Afghan president is “fully in support of the fact” that the strategy is “making progress.” Read the full story.…

Dean Baker: Compromise on Social Security and Medicare? Why My Center-Left Friends are Wrong

In recent days several center-left blogger/columnists have suggested that progressives should be happy to cut a deal now on Social Security and other issues related to the budget. The argument…

Larry Hirsch: Government Worker Envy

For most of the past decade that I have worked in government, my friends working in the private sector have felt they had it better than me. They were making…

GOP Bias In Landline-Only Polls, Confirms Pew Research

For pollsters, 2010 was the year in which methodology mattered. Pollsters that invested in more expensive dual samples to reach Americans on both landline and mobile phones should have produced…

Tea Party Activists Reportedly BEGGED Sharron Angle Not To Campaign With John McCain

Sharron Angle’s campaign staff nearly axed a high-profile, last-minute fundraising event featuring Arizona Senator John McCain while he was already in flight to Nevada. Uncovered in a new Politico report…

Monday Deadline Day For Chicago’s Mayoral Hopefuls

Monday is the final day for candidates seeking city offices in Chicago to turn in their petitions–and the already long list of mayoral candidates is expected to grow. According to…

DeLay trial enters final stages

Closing arguments will be heard Monday in the trial of the former House majority leader. Read the full story.…