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Job stimulus bill reaches Congress

President Obama released his jobs-stimulus bill Monday afternoon: a 155-page document that totals $447 billion in new spending and tax cuts, paid for with $467 billion in new tax increases.

Lawmakers question key part of health overhaul

Accountable Care Organizations — a key component of President Obama's new health care overhaul — might be all the rage in the world of health care, but members of Congress focused Friday morning on whether the new integrated-care networks could end up reducing competition and raising prices.

Obama invites GE's Immelt to jobs speech

The White House's invited guests who will hear President Obama speak to Congress tonight about creating jobs for the common man include a CEO under fire for moving jobs to China and a mayor who recently built a six-foot wall around his mansion.

Death penalty draws applause

The audience at Wednesday night's GOP presidential debate applauded when moderator Brian Williams asked about the 234 death row inmates that have been executed in Texas during Gov. Rick Perry's decade-long tenure, prompting Mr. Williams to wonder what that meant.

Memories of Libya past

Just outside the building at the Reagan Presidential Library where Wednesday's Republican debate is being held stands an F-14A fighter jet — a reminder of the times during Ronald Reagan's time in office that the U.S. clashed with the rogue nation.

Government shutdown unlikely, House leaders say

While Congress has failed to send any appropriations bills to the White House ahead of the upcoming new fiscal year, party leaders said Wednesday they are confident a temporary spending measure will pass this month in order to avoid a government shutdown.

GOP uses labor attack to raise cash

Republicans on Wednesday sought to turn a union leader's Labor Day call for war against the GOP into an opportunity to raise money after the National Republican Senatorial Committee sent a fundraising letter saying the remarks were out-of-bounds, and President Obama must condemn them.

Romney goes sans teleprompter

LAS VEGAS — In a pointed aside in his jobs speech in Nevada on Tuesday, Mitt Romney told his audience he was speaking from notes, but that was it — and that meant no teleprompter.

GOP to Obama: Let's meet

House Republican leaders are asking President Obama to convene a bipartisan meeting at the White House ahead of his Thursday address on job creation.