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**FILE** Gen. John Allen (left), and Army Gen. David Petraeus (center), top U.S. commander in Afghanistan and incoming CIA Director, greet former CIA Director and new U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta as he lands in Kabul, Afghanistan, on July 9, 2011. (Associated Press)

Petraeus scandal derails another general's promotion

The Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday said it is putting off a hearing on the nomination of Gen. John Allen to be NATO's Supreme Allied Commander after his name popped up in the same investigation that toppled CIA Director David Petraeus.

** FILE ** President Obama speaks Nov. 9, 2012, in the East Room of the White House in Washington about the economy and the deficit. (Associated Press)

Obama huddles with labor leaders, liberal activists

President Obama is hosting a closed-door White House meeting Tuesday morning with labor leaders and liberal activists to discuss his stance in negotiations with House Republicans on the looming budgetary fiscal cliff.

**FILE** Sen. Lindsey Graham (left), South Carolina Republican, confers Oct. 3, 2011, with Sen. Chuck Schumer, New York Democrat, following a vote that clears the way for debate on a bill that would impose tariffs on Chinese imports as a penalty for currency manipulation on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

Schumer, Graham resurrect bipartisan immigration reform

Sens. Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham, co-authors of a stalled bipartisan comprehensive immigration plan that includes a "path to citizenship" for the country's estimated 12 million illegals, said Sunday that Tuesday's election results have created a new impetus for reforms.

**FILE** Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick speaks Dec. 22, 2009, during an interview in his office at the Statehouse in Boston. (Associated Press)

Patrick to dine with Obama amid attorney general talk

The White House confirmed Friday that Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is flying to Washington to have dinner with the president and first lady Michelle Obama, amid reports that he's being considered to replace Eric H. Holder Jr. as the president's attorney general in his second term.

**FILE** David Plouffe, former White House senior adviser. (Associated Press)

Obama ground game won't transfer to 2016, aide says

The Democratic Party's nominee for president in 2016 won't be able to count on the President Obama's vaunted ground organization, which analysts say was one key to his re-election victory Tuesday night, a key adviser to the president said Thursday.

**FILE** Ron Paul speaks Aug. 26, 2012, during the "We Are the Future Rally" at the Sun Dome at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Ron Paul: Election shows U.S. 'far gone'

Rep. Ron Paul, whose maverick presidential bids shook the GOP, said in the wake of this week's elections that the country has already veered over the fiscal cliff and he sees no chance of righting ship in a country where too many people are dependent on government.

Reid moves to limit GOP filibusters

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that he will try to push through a change to Senate rules that would limit the GOP's ability to filibuster bills.

Tim Kaine, Democrat and former Virginia governor, arrives Nov. 6, 2012, to a cheering audience at his election night party at the Richmond Marriott in Richmond, Va., after defeating George Allen in the race for the U.S. Senate seat of the retiring Jim Webb. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Kaine: Looking forward to Scarborough mustache

Democrat Tim Kaine, who narrowly won a bruising marathon of a campaign against Republican George Allen for U.S. Senate in Virginia Tuesday, said Wednesday he's looking forward to seeing a little extra facial hair on MSNBC host Joe Scarborough — the would-be result of a rather odd bet Mr. Scarborough made recently with Obama senior adviser David Axelrod.