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  • 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. …


  • Some Dems: drive over ‘fiscal cliff,’ then bargain

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Democrats are pushing an unorthodox idea for coping with the “fiscal cliff”: Let the government go over, temporarily at least, to give their party more bargaining …


  • Deficit talks will test the GOP focus on tax rates

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders say the government can raise tax “revenues” without raising tax “rates.” But they have yet to detail how they would pursue it. The distinction might …


  • Congress faces agenda of unfinished business

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress returns Tuesday to a crowded agenda of unfinished business overshadowed by the urgent need for President Barack Obama and lawmakers to avert the economic double hit …


  • 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” …


  • Fiscal cliff: Impasse on tax rates is big hurdle

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans’ hard line against higher tax rates for upper-income earners leaves re-elected President Barack Obama with a tough, core decision: Does he pick a fight and …


  • Republicans renew House control for 2 more years

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans recaptured control of the House early Wednesday, besting Democrats in a billion-dollar battle and ensuring that the chamber will be dominated by their conservative agenda. Reacting …


  • Republicans renew their control of House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans recaptured control of the House early Wednesday, besting Democrats in a billion-dollar battle and ensuring that the chamber will be dominated by their conservative agenda. Reacting …


  • 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 …


  • Republicans ready to grasp renewed House control

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans had renewed control of the House within their grasp early Wednesday as the two parties traded gains from the Eastern seaboard to the Southwest. Shortly past …


  • 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 …


  • GOP’s Mourdock stands by rape, abortion remark

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock refused to apologize Wednesday for saying that when pregnancy results from rape then that is “something God intended.” State Republicans and …


  • Clinton takes Benghazi responsibility; GOP unmoved

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s pre-election bid to shoulder blame over the deadly terror attack in Libya failed to silence GOP criticism that President Barack Obama …


  • 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 …


  • Longtime GOP Senate moderate Arlen Specter dies

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — For most of his 30 years as Pennsylvania’s longest-serving U.S. senator and prominent moderate in Congress, Arlen Specter was a Republican, though often at odds with …


  • 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 …


  • Republicans hammer State witnesses on Libya attack

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Four weeks before the election, Republicans used a politically charged House hearing to confront State Department officials about security at the U.S. Consulate in Libya and assail …


  • 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 …


  • Biden to play ‘hardball’ in VP debate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Four years ago, Joe Biden was careful not to appear overly aggressive in his vice presidential debate with Sarah Palin, then a newcomer to the national stage. …


  • 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 …

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