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  • House GOP plans vote on fiscal cliff ‘Plan B’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House is moving ahead Thursday on a bill that would raise taxes on people earning over $1 million a year, sparing most workers from a …


  • One by one, shattered Newtown buries its dead

    NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — One by one by one by one, each with fresh heartbreak, hearses crisscrossed two New England towns on Wednesday, bearing three tiny victims of the Sandy …


  • ‘Lincoln’ at the Capitol draws director and star

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Today’s lawmakers might be excused for thinking they’ve seen this movie: A recently re-elected president spars with a quarrelsome Congress over an issue that roils the nation. …


  • Senators write Sony, criticize ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The movie “Zero Dark Thirty” is misleading and “grossly inaccurate” in its suggestion that torture produced the tip that led the U.S. military to find terrorist leader …


  • GOP proposes smaller, $24B Sandy aid package

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans on Wednesday proposed a $24 billion emergency aid package for Superstorm Sandy victims, less than half of what Democrats hope to pass by Christmas. The …


  • Obama to send Congress gun proposals in January

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring the time for action overdue, President Barack Obama promised on Wednesday to send Congress broad proposals in January for tightening gun laws and curbing violence after …


  • Obama, Boehner clash as cliff edge approaches

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fiscal cliff talks at a partisan standoff, President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner swapped barbed political charges on Wednesday yet carefully left room for further …


  • Possible Hagel pick raises concerns in Senate GOP

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s possible pick of Republican Chuck Hagel to run the Pentagon raises serious concerns among some of his former Senate colleagues, who question his pronouncements …


  • Bork nomination fight altered judicial selection

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives wanted Robert H. Bork on the Supreme Court. They wound up with Anthony Kennedy, the key vote in reaffirming a woman’s right to an abortion. The …


  • IRS: 100M taxpayers face delays without AMT fix

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Up to 100 million taxpayers — about two-thirds of all filers — won’t be able to file their 2012 tax returns until late March if Congress doesn’t …


  • Hearing on voting rights turns partisan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats and Republicans sparred Wednesday over whether voter ID laws, attempts to purge voter rolls and restricted early voting were legitimate efforts to stop fraud or …


  • Obama sets January deadline for gun proposals

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurred by a horrific elementary school shooting, President Barack Obama vowed to send Congress new policy proposals for reducing gun violence by January. “This time, the words …


  • Obama: He and Boehner ‘pretty close’ to a deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Optimistic despite a tightening deadline, President Barack Obama said Wednesday he and House Speaker John Boehner are “pretty close” to a grand fiscal deal to avoid a …


  • State Dept security chief resigns after Benghazi

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Three State Department officials resigned under pressure Wednesday, less than a day after a damning report blamed management failures for a lack of security at the U.S. …


  • Florida Sen. Nelson: GOP disenfranchised voters

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats and Republicans are sparring over whether voter ID laws and restricted early voting are attempts to disenfranchise African-American and Hispanic voters. Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, …


  • Senators say State failed on Benghazi security

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators of both parties expressed frustration Wednesday at the findings of an independent panel that blamed systemic failures in the State Department leadership for “grossly inadequate” security …


  • White House threatens veto of GOP budget plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House threatened Wednesday to veto House Speaker John Boehner’s backup plan for averting the “fiscal cliff,” saying it was time for Republicans to stop political …


  • Obama to press for policy changes after shooting

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is launching an administration-wide effort to curb gun violence, underscoring the growing political consensus over tightening gun restrictions following the horrific massacre at a …


  • Benghazi review slams State Department on security

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The leaders of an independent panel that blamed systematic State Department management and leadership failures for gross security lapses in the deadly Sept. 11 attack on a …


  • Obama Social Security offer at odds with top Dems

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s offer to limit the growth of Social Security benefits would cost the average retiree less than $50 in the first year. But the cuts …


  • Benghazi review finds systematic security faults

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An independent panel charged with investigating the deadly Sept. 11 attack in Libya that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans has concluded that systematic management …


  • House, Senate reach agreement on defense bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate negotiators reached agreement Tuesday on a $633 billion defense bill that would tighten sanctions on Iran, increase security at diplomatic missions worldwide after the …


  • Cliff talks hit a lull with Boehner’s ‘Plan B’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Just two weeks from an economy-threatening deadline, fiscal cliff talks hit a lull Tuesday as House Speaker John Boehner announced that Republicans would also march ahead with …


  • Gun advocates conflicted on changes after massacre

    KITTERY, Maine (AP) — In a region where gun ownership is a cherished right, holiday shoppers snake through rows of shotguns, pistols and semi-automatic assault rifles at the Kittery Trading …


  • Inouye’s death leaves hole in HI political clout

    HONOLULU (AP) — The death of U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii leaves open a seat in the Senate to be filled by a Democrat, with U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa …


  • APNewsBreak: $1 coin backers give to Harkin center

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A South Korean businessman and his Iowa metals company gave $500,000 to a university institute honoring U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, who is pushing for a …


  • Fiscal cliff efforts ongoing, Boehner offers plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner pushed ahead on negotiating a broad deal to avert the “fiscal cliff,” even as the GOP leader readied a …


  • Some Republicans say gun control should be debated

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Republicans now say they’re willing to discuss the politically treacherous issue of gun control along with mental health issues and violent video games, while formerly pro-gun …


  • Leahy sworn in as president pro tempore of Senate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont was sworn in Tuesday as president pro tempore of the Senate. As the longest serving Democrat now in the Senate, Leahy …


  • Boehner to pursue backup bill to avert tax hikes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday that he is readying a backup bill aimed at averting the “fiscal cliff” because President Barack Obama has yet to offer …

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