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Rep. Paul Ryan (AP Photo)

GOP's Ryan floats short-term budget ceiling deal

The chairman of the House Budget Committee said Thursday that Republicans are considering a short-term increase in the nation's borrowing limit if it can pave the way for serious deficit-reduction discussions with President Obama and Senate Democrats.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, applauds after handing the gavel to House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, who was re-elected as House Speaker of the 113th Congress, on Jan. 3, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

House leaders keep ethics watchdog up and running

House leaders reappointed the board of directors for a Congressional ethics panel Wednesday, officially allowing the House-funded investigative unit to remain up and running.

** FILE ** Then-Rep. Allen B. West, Florida Republican, speaks on Feb. 10, 2012, at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. (Associated Press)

Allen West lands new conservative media gig

Former Republican Rep. Allen West, an outspoken tea party firebrand who lost re-election in November after one term, has been hired by the conservative PJ Media as director of "next generation programming."

** FILE ** A formation of police motorcycles leads the dress rehearsal of the inauguration parade in 2009. (Michael Connor / The Washington Times)

D.C. banner lobbies for vote on Obama parade route

One day after President Obama agreed to use license plates that call attention to the D.C. resident's lack of voting rights in Congress, city leaders unveiled a large banner at city hall that will highlight their constituents' plight during Mr. Obama's inauguration parade.

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat (Associated Press)

Leahy on guns: Treat children better than deer

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday that he supports closing the gun-show loophole and limiting high-capacity ammunition magazines, and said he'll convene the first hearings surrounding the Sandy Hook school shooting.

A church attendant closes her eyes in prayer as Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, celebrates the Solemn Mass of Christmas Day at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Obama proclaims Religious Freedom Day

On the same day he is proposing to place restrictions on the Second Amendment right to bear arms, President Obama issued a proclamation celebrating the First Amendment by declaring Wednesday as Religious Freedom Day.

White House press secretary Jay Carney pauses to listen to a question a during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

White House: NRA ad 'repugnant,' 'cowardly'

The White House hit back strongly Wednesday against a new ad from the National Rifle Association that invokes President Obama's daughters and criticizes him for not fully backing more armed guards in schools, labeling such an attack "repugnant and cowardly."