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Obama’s tax, jobs bill strikes out in Senate

Obama’s tax, jobs bill strikes out in Senate

A Democratic bill to extend jobless benefits and raise taxes on investment fund managers failed a key vote in the Senate on Thursday, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama’s push to boost the economy. The bill would have extended popular business tax breaks, stopped a 21 percent Medicare pay cut for doctors treating elderly […]

McCain in fight for his political life

McCain in fight for his political life

A serious re-election fight wasn’t what Republican John McCain expected when he returned to the Senate after losing the presidency. But the four-term senator is battling for his political life in a race that embodies the volatility of an unpredictable election year. He’s facing former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, a fellow Republican pushing him farther to […]

Congress ready to vote on gay mililtary bills

Congress ready to vote on gay mililtary bills

Congress is set to vote on proposals to let gays serving in the military out of the closet and allow them to serve openly with an end to the controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. A bill by Pennsylvania Rep. Patrick Murphy could reach the House floor for a vote today. The legislation is a […]

Social issues may dominate Kagan debate

Social issues may dominate Kagan debate

President Barack Obama‘s nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court seat is elevating touchy social issues in an election year, just as the tea party is showing how volatile and unpredictable the political landscape has become. Any Supreme Court confirmation battle stirs a pot of issues important to conservative and liberal activists. Kagan can […]

Democrats block GOP effort to kill consumer protections

Democrats block GOP effort to kill consumer protections

The Senate on Thursday rejected a Republican attempt to defang consumer protections in a sweeping Wall Street reform bill, while voting to give small banks a break on deposit insurance. Despite procedural delays, lawmakers covered some ground on a top priority of the Obama administration that would be the biggest overhaul of the financial rulebook […]

Republicans gain while Democrats slip

Republicans gain while Democrats slip

Republicans are on offense in scores of House and Senate races as persistent economic woes and lukewarm support for President Barack Obama continue to weaken Democrats’ hold on Congress. The president and his party are determined to minimize the losses six months before the November elections. But Democrats privately acknowledge the economy and support for […]

Obama hits the campaign trail

Obama hits the campaign trail

President Barack Obama heads into the American heartland Tuesday to launch the Democratic mid-term election campaign in states paying a heavy price for the worst economic crisis in decades. Obama will spend two days hopscotching across Illinois, Iowa and Missouri, after urging his young, multi-racial supporters to thwart what an aide termed a Republican-induced “nightmare” […]

Threats continue to escalate against members of Congress

Threats continue to escalate against members of Congress

As public anger over hot-button issues like health care reaches a boiling point, threats against lawmakers continue to rise, prompting some to cancel public appearances and others to take extra measures for security. Threats increased nearly 300 percent over the first three months of 2010 when compared to 2009 and most come from those opposed […]

Supreme Court: Obama’s next battleground

Supreme Court: Obama’s next battleground

President Barack Obama, fresh off a bruising battle over healthcare, could face another tough fight in Congress to fill a U.S. Supreme Court vacancy if 89-year-old Justice John Paul Stevens retires as expected. A confirmation battle could sidetrack Democratic plans to focus on the economy and job creation ahead of November’s congressional elections in which […]

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 […]