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  • Rubio dines with political adversary Obama

      U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, one of President Obama’s most persistent critics, joined him for dinner at the White House on Wednesday night to talk immigration, the budget and a wide range of other topics.  Not big breakthroughs emerged from the...
  • Newtown Families Make Their Case In Washington

    Newtown Families Make Their Case In Washington
    WASHINGTON — At the end of an emotional day of deeply personal meetings with senators Wednesday, families of victims of the Newtown school massacre sat down for a public conversation with Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat who had just...
  • Negotiations spark hope for end to government shutdown

    Negotiations spark hope for end to government shutdown
    WASHINGTON — The impasse over government spending gave way Friday to a steady stream of negotiations, as White House officials and Republicans in Congress wrestled over the details of an agreement that would reopen government agencies and avoid a...
  • Senate advances bipartisan budget agreement

    Senate advances bipartisan budget agreement
    A bipartisan budget deal aimed at calming debates over U.S. fiscal policy for the next two years cleared a key vote Tuesday in the Senate, reducing the risks of another government shutdown and spending cuts that would have had an outsized impact in...
  • Budget deal clears Senate hurdle

    Budget deal clears Senate hurdle
    WASHINGTON — A rare bipartisan budget deal aimed at averting another government shutdown cleared its biggest remaining political hurdle Tuesday, ending the best chance opponents had of killing the compromise and worsening tensions between the...
  • The conservative contempt for the working person shows through

    The conservative contempt for the working person shows through
    At a hearing Wednesday of the Senate Finance Commmittee's Subcommittee on Social Security, conservative scholar Andrew G. Biggs made the following remark in defense of the idea that retirement ages can safely be raised: "Go back to 1950, when we had a...
  • A 'do-nothing Congress' for the record books?

    A 'do-nothing Congress' for the record books?
    WASHINGTON — By the numbers, this Congress is on track to make the infamous "do-nothing Congress" of the late 1940s look downright prolific. Before the Senate adjourned Friday for an extended holiday break, the two bodies of the 113th Congress...
  • Rubio has dinner at the White House

     
    By William E. Gibson, Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, one of President Obama’s most persistent critics, joined him for dinner at the White House on Wednesday night to talk immigration, the budget and a wide range of other...
  • Sound and fury

     
    Well, yes, the senators were angry. Listen to them justify getting rid of the filibuster for judicial nominees: 1. “Every judge nominated by this president or any president deserves an up-or-down vote. It’s the responsibility of the Senate....
  • Home buyer tax credit might be extended for service members

    Home buyer tax credit might be extended for service members
    Will Congress extend the wildly popular $8,000 home buyer tax credit beyond its Dec. 1 expiration date? That's a question generating huge pressure on Capitol Hill from would-be buyers who haven't found the right house as well as from realty agents,...
  • Senate 'gang's' new energy plan

     
    by Frank James In the Senate, it nowadays apparently takes a self-appointed, biparitsan "gang" of senators to get past the partisan gridlock. For instance, there was the Gang of 14 group of senators who helped the Senate get beyond an......