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Pence embraces flat tax

He’s working hard to cultivate support among the fiscal conservatives that are driving the tea party. Read more……

Fed’s James Bullard says funding of consumer bureau a worry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard said on Monday funding for a consumer protection office established under regulatory reform laws is not based on a clear…

GOP steering panel sets up shop

Republicans fighting to chair two powerful committees will present their case. Read more……

Gov’t shuts down rogue websites

The government seizes the addresses of sites that offer counterfeit goods and pirated content. Read more……

Obama freezes federal pay

He takes a moderate position in debate over deficit. Read more……

Roskam gets top deputy whip spot

The Illinois lawmaker will serve as incoming Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy’s chief deputy whip. Read more……

Waters: I’ve been denied due process

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) blasts ethics committee over delay in ethics trial. Read more……

Manchin taps strategist as top aide

TV talking head Chris Kofinis will be the new West Virginia senator’s chief of staff. Read more……

Palin dodges 2012 questions in Iowa

She thanks an autograph-seeker for “changing the subject” when asked about her plans. Read more……

U.S. Congress returns to work with long to-do list

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers face a lengthy to-do list, topped by a dispute over expiring tax cuts, when they return to work on Monday in a session that offers…