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  • Obama, GOP reach deal to extend tax cuts

    Brushing past Democratic opposition, President Barack Obama announced agreement with Republicans tonight on a plan to extend expiring income tax cuts for all Americans, renew jobless benefits for the long-term …


  • Senate shuns push for elimination of pet projects

    The Senate today rejected a GOP bid to ban the practice of larding spending bills with earmarks — those pet projects that lawmakers love to send home to their states.


  • Lawmakers return to Capitol to clean up leftovers

    Congress resumes its lame-duck session work today with the two parties sharply divided over how to deal with the George W. Bush-era tax cuts due to expire at year’s end.


  • Early clues: What to watch in Tuesday’s elections

    How early will America know if it’s a Republican romp or if Democrats somehow minimized their damage? There should be plenty of clues Tuesday evening — and long before bedtime.


  • Editorial: On balance, Murray is better choice for Senate

    Washington state’s U.S. Senate race, one of the tightest and most keenly watched in the nation, is no simple question of partisan loyalty. We would love to see a U.S. …


  • Senate confirms Ormsby for U.S. attorney post

    The U.S. Senate has confirmed Spokane attorney Mike Ormsby as the next U.S. attorney for Eastern Washington. Ormsby will replace James McDevitt, who has held the post since he was …


  • Airport control tower naming closer

    Spokane International Airport’s control tower would be named for one of the facility’s former controllers, World War II veteran Ray Daves, under a bill that passed the House of Representatives …


  • Republicans block bill to lift military gay ban

    Senate Republicans today blocked an effort by Democrats and the White House to lift the ban on gays from serving openly in the military, voting unanimously against advancing a major …


  • Risch, Crapo to introduce bill to delist ID, MT wolves

    Idaho’s U.S. senators introduced a measure to lift Endangered Species Act protections from wolves in Idaho and Montana, as well as portions of Washington, Oregon and Utah.


  • David S. Broder: McConnell sees wise Senate

    It was an odd but intriguing experience to sit at a press breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor last week and listen as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell strongly …


  • Kagan gains Senate backing

    WASHINGTON – Solicitor General Elena Kagan won Senate confirmation Thursday to the U.S. Supreme Court, where President Barack Obama’s second nominee will make history as three women will serve at …


  • Senate confirms Kagan as 112th justice

    The Senate has confirmed Elena Kagan as the 112th justice and fourth woman to serve on the Supreme Court.


  • Rossi still disputes job-saving measure

    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dino Rossi, in Vancouver to speak to the local Tea Party organization, said he still opposes a $26 billion bill pushed toward passage by his Democratic …


  • Senate OK for Kagan all but sure

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s elevation to the Supreme Court appeared virtually assured Wednesday as a majority of senators declared their support for her nomination as the debate …


  • Senate lacks leaders of old

    Earlier this week, as the United States Senate went through the motions of debating Elena Kagan’s nomination to a Supreme Court seat that almost certainly will be hers, readers of …


  • House, senate races draw a crowd

    OLYMPIA – Last week, Eastern Washington Democrats were scrambling to find one candidate to challenge Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers for her fourth term. This week, they have four – …


  • Benton drops out of Senate race, backs Rossi

    Just a week after saying he was sticking in the U.S. Senate race, State Sen. Don Benton dropped out and endorsed the man he labeled the “establishment” candidate, Dino Rossi.


  • Jobs bill passes 68-29 in U.S. Senate

    Companies that hire unemployed workers will get a temporary payroll tax holiday under a bill that easily won final congressional approval Wednesday.


  • Kathleen Parker: Win changes game for GOP, too

    There will be much harrumphing and punditry in the next few days about the meaning of Scott Brown’s victory and his phenomenal campaign for Ted Kennedy’s U.S. Senate seat. How, …


  • In upset, GOP’s Brown wins Mass. Senate race

    In an epic upset in liberal Massachusetts, Republican Scott Brown rode a wave of voter anger to defeat Democrat Martha Coakley in a U.S. Senate election Tuesday that left President …


  • Senate Democrats pass landmark health care bill

    Senate Democrats passed a landmark health care bill in a climactic Christmas Eve vote that could define President Barack Obama’s legacy and usher in near-universal medical coverage for the first …


  • Historic health care bill nears key Senate vote

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a show of unity, Senate Democrats sealed a 60-vote majority needed to advance health care legislation Saturday ahead of an evening showdown with Republicans eager to …


  • Hearing set on replacing Kennedy

    BOSTON – The push to name a successor to the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy gained momentum Monday, with state lawmakers scheduling a hearing on whether to allow an appointee …


  • Colleagues, friends mourn ‘Patriarch’ of the Senate

    Friends and colleagues of the late Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., on Wednesday mourned the loss of the Senate’s “patriarch,” whose outsized personality and legislative and political skills continued to impact …


  • Burris expected to forgo election

    CHICAGO – Illinois Democratic U.S. Sen. Roland Burris, his political prospects and personal legacy weakened by controversy, is expected to announce today he will not seek election to the seat …


  • Burris discussed Senate seat with Blagojevich’s brother

    CHICAGO – Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., can be heard on an FBI audio recording promising to make a campaign contribution to then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich at the same time he …


  • Specter says he’s switching from GOP to Dems

    WASHINGTON — Veteran Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania disclosed plans Tuesday to switch parties, a move intended to boost his chances of winning re-election next year that also will …


  • Bernanke tells Senate panel recovery possible next year

    WASHINGTON – The nation’s top economic policymaker Tuesday offered a sliver of optimism in a time of gloom, saying in carefully hedged comments that growth could return next year if …


  • Democrats back away from Burris

    CHICAGO – U.S. Sen. Roland Burris’ failure to fully disclose his ties to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has put his future in the Senate “in question,” U.S. Sen. Dick …


  • Burris admits new Blagojevich link

    CHICAGO – In the latest in a series of shifting accounts of his conduct, Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., told reporters that he tried to raise money for former Gov. Rod …