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  • Senate votes to extend jobless aid

    WASHINGTON – The Senate approved legislation to extend unemployment benefits Wednesday for 2.5 million jobless Americans, clearing the way for House passage and President Barack Obama’s signature this week. Approval …


  • Noting limits, House GOP creates Tea Party Caucus

    WASHINGTON – There are plenty of Republicans in the House hoping to capitalize on the activism and conservative zeal of the “tea party” movement. But only 28 put their names …


  • Obama enacts financial reform

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama reversed decades of lax oversight of the financial industry Wednesday by signing a landmark overhaul of regulations, but he still faces a major task – …


  • Senate approves jobless payments to millions

    State unemployment agencies are gearing up to resume sending unemployment payments to millions of people as Congress moves to ship President Barack Obama a measure to restore lapsed benefits. After …


  • Jobless aid set for passage

    WASHINGTON – Democrats on Tuesday broke Republican-led opposition to a bill that would extend unemployment benefits to 2.5 million jobless Americans, but the vote only hardened the political divide and …


  • Kagan heads to full Senate

    WASHINGTON – Democratic and Republicans senators alike lamented the increasingly sharp partisan divide over the Constitution and the courts Tuesday, and then divided mostly along party lines to approve Elena …


  • Obama lashes out at GOP on immigration

    WASHINGTON – In his first major speech on the issue since taking office, President Barack Obama said Thursday that the U.S. immigration system “offends our most basic American values” and …


  • Kagan closes questioning on high note

    WASHINGTON – Cruising toward almost certain confirmation, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan completed grueling Senate questioning Wednesday, unscathed by Republican challenges on abortion, gays in the military and gun rights …


  • House OKs financial rules bill

    WASHINGTON – The House on Wednesday approved the most sweeping rewrite of financial rules since the Great Depression, and last-minute changes this week appeared to solidify support in the Senate …


  • House rejects extending jobless benefits

    WASHINGTON — With Republicans citing concerns about the growing national debt, the House rejected a bill Tuesday to extend unemployment benefits for people who have been out of work for …


  • Kagan pledges impartiality

    WASHINGTON – Elena Kagan promised to be a model of impartiality and restraint as a Supreme Court justice as the Senate opened confirmation hearings Monday. Breaking weeks of public silence …


  • Kagan hearing isn’t just about nominee

    WASHINGTON – The questions will come hard and fast for Elena Kagan, President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, as her confirmation hearing gets under way today. But there will be …


  • Break for auto dealers likely

    WASHINGTON – In the end, the political clout of 18,000 auto dealers scattered nationwide was too much even for President Barack Obama. House and Senate negotiators putting final shape to …


  • Lawmakers pillory BP executive

    WASHINGTON – Channeling the nation’s anger, lawmakers laid into BP’s boss in a withering day of judgment Thursday for the oil company at the center of the Gulf calamity. Unflinching, …


  • BP oil exec accused of ‘kicking can down the road’

    Chastened by heavy criticism from lawmakers, a grim-faced BP chief executive Tony Hayward insisted Thursday he was “devastated with this accident” in the Gulf of Mexico and denied shunning probing …


  • Senate rejects jobless aid bill

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s plea for more stimulus spending as insurance against a double-dip recession hit a roadblock in the Senate on Wednesday, the victim of election-year anxiety over …


  • Lincoln survives tough Arkansas race

    WASHINGTON – Embattled Democrat Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas narrowly won nomination to a third Senate term Tuesday night, overcoming a labor-backed challenger and defying a nationwide anti-establishment tide. California Republicans …


  • Wary public may hamper Congress’ next moves

    WASHINGTON – When Congress returns today from a 10-day break, it will struggle to try to meet an impatient public’s demands for it to fund, among other things, an extension …


  • Jamie Tobias Neely: Let ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ pass

    Michael Hargett grew up with parents who seemed to know he was gay long before he did. When he was 16, he blithely came out and invited his boyfriend to …


  • Minnick spending-cut bill gains new stature

    Legislation proposed by freshman Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick to make it easier for the president to push Congress to slice specific items out of big spending bills has been latched …


  • House approves ‘don’t ask’ repeal

    WASHINGTON – The House on Thursday delivered a victory to President Barack Obama and gay rights groups by approving a proposal to repeal the law that allows gays to serve …


  • Obama has tense visit with GOP senators

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama paid a rare visit to Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill Tuesday, seeking their support on energy, immigration and other top priority measures. But he hit …


  • Oil tax boost would fund spill cleanups

    WASHINGTON – Responding to the massive BP oil spill, Congress is getting ready to quadruple – to 32 cents a barrel – a tax on oil used to help finance …


  • Split Senate passes financial overhaul bill

    WASHINGTON – The Senate Thursday approved the most sweeping rewrite of financial rules since the Great Depression, a milestone in President Barack Obama’s drive to expand government oversight and safeguard …


  • Senate passes massive Wall Street regulation bill

    Prodded by national anger at Wall Street, the Senate on Thursday passed the most far-reaching restraints on big banks since the Great Depression. In its broad sweep, the massive bill …


  • Raul Labrador stresses cost-cutting, energy in economic plan

    Idaho Republican congressional candidate Raul Labrador on Tuesday unveiled a plan for economic prosperity that leans heavily on the state developing a more robust nuclear power industry and exporting this …


  • Climate change bill proposes compromises

    WASHINGTON – Two U.S. senators Wednesday unveiled a new climate and energy bill that makes some concessions to business and would change the way the nation produces and uses electricity …


  • Hearings dissect oil spill

    Congressional committee members probing the catastrophic Gulf oil spill Wednesday focused on possible defects in cementing and in a critical safety device as they grilled oil company executives about what …


  • Senate OKs Federal Reserve audit

    WASHINGTON – The Senate voted 96-0 Tuesday to authorize a congressional audit of the secretive Federal Reserve Board’s emergency aid program and full disclosure of who got the money, a …


  • Oil industry executives questioned

    WASHINGTON – As thousands of gallons of oil continued to spew from a damaged well in the Gulf of Mexico, grim-faced industry executives came under withering attack Tuesday on Capitol …

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