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Senate Democrats promise something rare: An actual federal budget

Democrats are looking to make new revenue part of the Senate's first budget in almost four years, which will be released soon after the...

Republicans to skip Obama inaugural, head out of town

For many Republicans, this is a good weekend to get away from it all. With hundreds of thousands of Democrats traveling to nation's capital for...

Americans see big problems ahead if debt limit is not raised

Most Americans think jarring economic problems will erupt if lawmakers fail to increase the government's borrowing limit. Yet they're torn over how or even...

House approves $50.7 billion for superstorm aid

More than 10 weeks after Superstorm Sandy brutalized parts of the heavily populated Northeast, the House approved $50.7 billion in emergency relief for the...

Critics say too much Hurricane Sandy aid tied to other projects

Conservatives and watchdog groups are mounting a "not-so-fast" campaign against a $50.7 billion Superstorm Sandy aid package that Northeastern governors and lawmakers hope to...

Republicans: Just as divided and angry as ever

John Boehner: A controversial speaker of a divided party in the House.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) The Republican Party seems as divided and angry as...

Gov. Christie: Nailing Republicans part of his job

In 2010, Gov. Chris Christie underestimated the first major storm of his administration by flying to Disney World hours before snow crippled New Jersey....

The new Congress: False hopes, same old problems and little chance...

A bunch of new faces joined Congress Thursday and leaders swore in the crop of freshly elected freshmen in the House. However, history and the...

Embattled Boehner holds on to Speaker’s post

Despite a rocky few weeks during the "fiscal cliff" fight, John Boehner won re-election as speaker of the House of Representatives on Thursday and...

The fiscal cliff debacle: From hope to hopelessness

It began so optimistically. On November 16, after their first "fiscal cliff" session with President Barack Obama, the four leaders of Congress had stood in...