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  • Senate Dems divided over cuts to benefit programs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are deeply divided over whether cuts to popular benefit programs like Medicare and Medicaid should be part of a plan to address the nation’s financial …


  • House Republicans: Rice unfit to head State Dept.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of 97 House Republicans sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Monday, saying that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice misled the nation about the attack …


  • GOP senator outlines $68 billion in defense cuts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense spending could be slashed by $68 billion over 10 years if the military stopped spending millions on running grocery stores, operating its own schools and even …


  • House GOP picks woman for a top leadership post

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Stinging from double-digit election losses among female voters, House Republicans elected a woman to their top leadership team Wednesday in a tense test of gender politics and …


  • Obama defends Rice in face of GOP opposition

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is defending U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice in the aftermath of the deadly Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Libya and calling …


  • Pelosi decides to run again for House leader post

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former House speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday she will run to keep her job as the Democratic leader in the House after a pair of elections that …


  • Maine’s Angus King to caucus with Senate Democrats

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Independent Senator-elect Angus King of Maine said Wednesday he has decided to caucus with Democrats, which will add to the party’s voting edge. His decision ends months …


  • Official: Pelosi to remain as leader of House Dems

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional official said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told her party caucus Wednesday that she will remain as minority leader in the new session of Congress. …


  • Condoleezza Rice: GOP sent ‘mixed messages’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the Republican Party must adapt better to rapidly changing demographics in the United States, saying the GOP sent “mixed messages” …


  • Aging drivers present new transportation challenge

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Baby boomers started driving at a young age and became more mobile than any generation before or since. They practically invented the two-car family and escalated traffic …


  • Gay marriage, marijuana backed in historic votes

    Altering the course of U.S social policy, Maine and Maryland became the first states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote, while Washington state and Colorado set up a showdown …


  • Democrats gain 2 more seats in Northeast

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have picked up a couple more seats from Republicans in the Northeast as Carol Shea-Porter in New Hampshire and Sean Patrick Maloney in New York defeated …


  • Democrats maintain control of Senate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats handily secured a majority in the Senate on Tuesday, snatching Republican-held seats in Massachusetts and Indiana and turning back fierce, expensive challenges in Virginia, Ohio, Wisconsin …


  • Democrats hold narrow majority in Senate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats held their narrow majority in the Senate on Tuesday, grabbing GOP seats in Massachusetts and Indiana and turning aside Republican challenges in Virginia and Ohio. Republicans …


  • GOP marches toward control of House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans drove toward recapturing control of the House for two more years on Tuesday as the two parties traded gains from the Eastern seaboard to the Southwest. …


  • Kaine win gives Democrats 50 seats in Senate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Tim Kaine has won the Virginia Senate race, holding off a challenge from Republican George Allen. His win gives Democrats 50 seats and puts them on …


  • Dems win GOP seats in Indiana, Massachusetts.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats closed in on keeping their majority in the Senate, swiping Republican-held Senate seats in Indiana and Massachusetts on Tuesday and keeping a once vulnerable seat in …


  • King wins Maine seat in party fight for Senate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Independent Angus King captured a Republican-held Senate seat in Maine on Tuesday, adding a dose of uncertainty to the fight between majority Democrats and the GOP for …


  • Boehner wins as Republicans fight to keep House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker John Boehner won unopposed re-election Tuesday to his Ohio congressional seat and other incumbents in the East and South were cruising to easy wins as Republicans …


  • Dems fight for continued Senate control

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Majority Democrats fought Republicans for control of the Senate on Tuesday after a bitter campaign marked by roughly $1 billion in outside spending in competitive races from …


  • GOP protecting its House majority from Democrats

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans remain in position to continue controlling the House for the next two years by about the same 50-seat margin as they do today, despite the deep …


  • Democrats fight for continued Senate control

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Majority Democrats fought Republicans for control of the Senate on Tuesday after a bitter campaign marked by roughly $1 billion in outside spending in competitive races from …


  • Obama warns GOP not to undo Wall Street law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is warning congressional Republicans not to undo financial regulations he signed two years ago, taking specific note of the work of a consumer agency …


  • Democrats criticize legal spending to defend DOMA

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House’s top two Democrats are criticizing Republicans for spending nearly $1.5 million over the past 15 months on outside lawyers to defend the Defense of Marriage …


  • AP Impact: Feds muff kid jewelry cadmium crackdown

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal regulators failed to pursue recalls after they found cadmium-tainted jewelry on store shelves, despite their vow to keep the toxic trinkets out of children’s hands, …


  • Calif. House race with veteran Dems turns physical

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An increasingly bitter California congressional race between two House Democrats turned physical Thursday when one aggressively seized the shoulder of his opponent during a debate, yanked …


  • DeLay attorneys: Ex-GOP star didn’t launder money

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for convicted former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay have told an appeals court that the one-time GOP heavyweight never committed money laundering. Prosecutors say …


  • State Dept. description of attack in sync with GOP

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department now says it never believed the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was a film protest gone awry, giving congressional …


  • Amtrak ridership hits record high amid GOP attacks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Amtrak trains carried 31.2 million passengers in the fiscal year ending in September, the highest annual ridership since the railroad was formed in 1971, the nation’s intercity …


  • Ark. GOP calls candidates’ statements ‘offensive’

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Republicans tried to distance themselves Saturday from a Republican state representative’s assertion that slavery was a “blessing in disguise” and a Republican state House …

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