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  • 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

    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?

    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....
  • Should a 20% mortgage down payment be standard?

     
    Key U.S. financial regulators have agreed to require a minimum 20% down payment on home mortgages that would be exempt from so-called risk-retention standards for banks, according to two reports Tuesday. The upshot is that home buyers with less than......
  • 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,...
  • Dems Keep Senate Majority, GOP Grabs 5 Seats

    Dems Keep Senate Majority, GOP Grabs 5 Seats
    Democrats retained their Senate majority Tuesday, losing five seats but winning key races in West Virginia and California. Republicans scored big gains, taking Senate seats from Democrats in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arkansas, North Dakota and Indiana....
  • 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......
  • Arne Duncan inspires Republican lovefest

     
    by Frank James Arne Duncan's confirmation hearing to be the incoming Obama Administration's Education Secretary could have easily been confused for a lovefest. Or the peaceable kingdom with the lion laying down with the lamb. Because the atmosphere was...