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Rangel’s ethics trial begins

Rangel’s ethics trial begins

Rep. Charles Rangel of New York headed the House’s tax-writing committee but acknowledged shortchanging the Internal Revenue Service on his own tax bill. Now, a House ethics panel will judge whether filing an amended tax return and belatedly paying his taxes and other financial and fundraising practices violated the congressional rule book. A rare ethics […]

Bombastic Gingrich laughs all the way to the bank

Bombastic Gingrich laughs all the way to the bank

Newt Gingrich may be running for the Republican presidential nomination. Or maybe he is just running all the way to the bank. The wonky former House speaker and unofficial Republican pundit in chief is tossing around provocative commentary and juicy hints about running for president, making sure he’s in the mix as his party begins […]

And they’re off! Gridlocked Congress leaves town

And they’re off! Gridlocked Congress leaves town

Battle-weary members of Congress are coming soon to neighborhoods near you to press for re-election, more eager to campaign before angry constituents than compromise in Washington on tax cuts, child nutrition or a federal budget. Majority Democrats facing tough re-election fights rebelled in both chambers Wednesday against their leaders’ decisions to call off controversial votes, […]

Will Hawaii gov. sign civil union bill?

Will Hawaii gov. sign civil union bill?

Hawaii is a step closer to joining a small group of other states in allowing same-sex civil unions. In a move that still needs the governor’s signature to become law, the House of Representatives Thursday night approved a measure that has drawn some of the state’s biggest protest rallies. Republican Gov. Linda Lingle hasn’t said […]

Time to revisit term limits

Republicans seized control of Congress in the 1994 mid-term elections by promising, among other things, to turn term limits into the law of the land. Of course, as soon as they won control they scrapped the term limits idea, saying the concept was “unworkable” and some even suggested it could be “unconstitutional.” Both excuses were […]

Top RNC aide resigns but Steele survives for now

Top RNC aide resigns but Steele survives for now

The controversy over Republican National Committee spending has led to the resignation of its chief of staff, but party Chairman Michael Steele remains insistent that he isn’t going anywhere. The resignation of RNC chief of staff Ken McKay on Monday made him the highest-profile official to depart the central committee after the revelation that the […]

Final piece of health care bill headed for Obama’s signature

Final piece of health care bill headed for Obama’s signature

Congressional Democrats sent the final piece of landmark health care legislation to President Barack Obama before heading home to face a skeptical — and sometimes even threatening — electorate. The last legislative chapter in the wrenching national debate over Obama’s health overhaul plan came Thursday night in the House, as Democrats approved — for the […]

Oops! Health care bill overlooks children

Oops! Health care bill overlooks children

Hours after President Barack Obama signed historic health care legislation, a potential problem emerged. Administration officials are now scrambling to fix a gap in highly touted benefits for children. Obama made better coverage for children a centerpiece of his health care remake, but it turns out the letter of the law provided a less-than-complete guarantee […]

First jobs bill clears Congress

First jobs bill clears Congress

A package of tax breaks and highway spending cleared Congress on Wednesday, the first of what Democrats hope will be several efforts to bring down the 9.7 percent unemployment rate. The Senate passed the $17.6 billion measure by a vote of 68 to 29 and sent it to President Barack Obama, who will sign it […]