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Congress passes two-month tax deal; Obama signs it into law

Congress passes two-month tax deal; Obama signs it into law

In the end, the long-debated, often-delayed, more often gridlocked budget deal came down to a couple of voice votes in the near-empty chambers of the House and Senate, approving a…

Boehner, Republicans cave in on tax deal

Boehner, Republicans cave in on tax deal

House Speaker John Boehner admitted Thursday that listening to the tea party-backed members of his party was not one of his smartest decisions and backed down from stonewalling the Senate…

Congress gives Americans a tax hike for Christmas

Congress gives Americans a tax hike for Christmas

Congress heads home for Christmas but the holiday gift it left for Americans is an almost-certain tax hike for the new year. As predicted by the tea party-controlled Speaker, House…

Boehner says ‘nada’ to tax cut deal

Boehner says ‘nada’ to tax cut deal

Speaker John Boehner, facing a rebellion from Republicans over the two-month payroll tax cut  compromise, appeared ready Sunday to sink the deal when the measure reaches the House Monday. The…

Republicans pack spending bill with perks for donors

Republicans pack spending bill with perks for donors

Congressional Republicans — supposedly representing the party of less, leaner government — are stuffing the latest spending deal with right-wing leaning “policy riders” and earmarks to gain conservative support going…

Occupy Wall Street comes to Capitol Hill

Occupy Wall Street comes to Capitol Hill

Occupy Wall Street activists brought their cause to Capitol Hill Tuesday, invading Senate and House offices and prompting the arrest of at least one protestor. Capitol Police arrested a protestor…

Health care claims long on hype, short on facts

Health care claims long on hype, short on facts

Republicans pushing to repeal President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul warn that 650,000 jobs will be lost if the law is allowed to stand. But the widely cited estimate by…

Memo from Tea Party: We’re watching and taking down names

Memo from Tea Party: We’re watching and taking down names

Welcome to Washington, tea partiers. Now that they’re freshmen in a GOP-run House, the political movement’s candidates are running smack into the traditions, partisan divisions and powerful competing interests that…

Shock, anger and finger-pointing in Washington

Shock, anger and finger-pointing in Washington

On opposite sides of the political spectrum, President Barack Obama and new House Speaker John Boehner suddenly face the same challenge: rise above the anger, suspicion and hostility of their…

American politics: Altered states

American politics: Altered states

Protesters parade an altered photo of President Barack Obama sporting an Adolf Hitler-like mustache. A candidate for the Senate muses about gun “remedies” if election results don’t go the right…