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  • Poll: Public loves George but isn't crazy about his holiday

    By Sean Lengell | Published February 21, 2011 Comments

    Americans have an overwhelmingly favorable view of George Washington, but very few consider the first president's birthday as a very important holiday, a new polls shows.

  • Democrats say 'Obamacare' is an insult

    by Stephen Dinan | Published February 18, 2011 Comments

    The House spending debate has turned to a discussion of whether to defund Democrats' new health care law, and several Republicans have called it "Obamacare" in their House speeches. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat, says that's insulting, and a violation of the House rules.

  • Gregg: Obama not leading on deficits and debt

    by Seth McLaughlin | Published February 16, 2011 Comments

    A member of President Obama's high-profile deficit commission said Wednesday that the White House missed an opportunity to lead the country back onto the path of long-term fiscal health when it rolled out a 2012 budget that did not tackle the popular entitlement programs that are the biggest drivers of federal spending.

  • Florida Gov. Rick Scott announces his new budget during a tea party event in Eustis, Fla., on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

    Lawmakers blast Florida governor's rejection of rail money

    by Sean Lengell | Published February 16, 2011 Comments

    Florida's newly minted Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday said he will return $2.4 billion in federal funds for a high-speed rail link between Tampa and Orlando — a move that kills the project and has set off a cacophony of bipartisan complaints from Capitol Hill lawmakers from the Sunshine State.

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, on the upcoming vote on the Defense Authorization bill.

    Senators want tobacco out of baseball

    by Sean Lengell | Published February 15, 2011 Comments

    Two Democratic senators have asked Major League Baseball and its players union to ban tobacco products on the field, in the dugout and in the locker rooms at MLB venues.

  • Sen. Kirk is in candy land

    by Sean Lengell | Published February 14, 2011 Comments

    Sen. Mark Kirk's new seating assignment in the Senate chamber is sweet— literally.

  • Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, a perennial favorite at CPAC, addresses the gathering in Washington on Friday. (AP Photo)

    Ron Paul on Trump: How many elections has he won?

    by David Eldridge | Published February 14, 2011 Comments

    Rep. Ron Paul, appearing on CNN Monday morning, defended himself against comments made over the weekend at the Conservative Political Action Conference by real estate magnate Donald Trump, who is considering a run for the 2012 GOP Republican presidential nomination. "I've won 11 times ... I don't know whether he has earned the right to criticize somebody for not winning an election when I don't know how many elections he's won himself."

  • Biden undercuts Senate Democrats' waste message

    by Stephen Dinan | Published February 11, 2011 Comments

    Senate Democrats have argued that Congress should focus on cutting waste and removing tax breaks for oil companies rather than tackle major spending cuts, but Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Friday said cuts will have to go deeper than just waste.

  • ** FILE ** Douglas Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office. (AP Photo)

    Health care law pushes people out of work

    by Stephen Dinan | Published February 11, 2011 Comments

    Republicans were handed a giant gift this week when the director of the Congressional Budget Office testified to Congress that the health care law will actually lead to fewer people working -- presumably meaning that repeal would boost jobs.

  • Watchdog wants investigation of Capitol sleepovers

    by Sean Lengell | Published February 10, 2011 Comments

    A government watchdog group has asked the the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether members of Congress who sleep in their offices are violating House rules.

  • Trump

    Trump: Ron Paul has 'zero chance'

    by David Eldridge | Published February 10, 2011 Comments

    Donald Trump angered fans of Rep. Ron Paul at the Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday when he said the Texas congressman, who is mulling another presidential run, "really has no chance."

  • "Many kinds of violent motivations threaten our security," said Janet Napolitano, defending her department's actions to Republicans on the House Committee on Homeland Security during a hearing Wednesday. (Associated Press)

    Napolitano's Arizona poll numbers not exactly impressive

    by David Eldridge | Published February 10, 2011 Comments

    The news that Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl will step down at the end of his third term next year, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's name immediately shot to the top of the list of potential Democrats who could challenge for the open seat.

  • In this image provided by the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Christopher Lee, R-N.Y., is seen in Washington. Lee is abruptly resigning his seat, saying he regrets actions that have hurt his family and others after a gossip web site reported Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, that Lee, a married two-term Republican lawmaker, had sent a shirtless photo of himself to a woman he met on Craigslist. (AP Photo/House of Representatives)

    Boehner: Lee quit on his own

    by Sean Lengell | Published February 10, 2011 Comments

    House Speaker John A. Boehner says he didn't force former Rep. Christopher Lee to resign after the married New Yorker was caught flirting via the Internet with a young single women. "Congressman Lee made his own decision that he thought was in his best interest and the interest of his family," said the Ohio Republican Thursday during his weekly Capitol briefing with reporters.

  • Sen. Orrin G. Hatch says lawmakers should end special individual and corporate tax breaks but not to put money back into the federal government. (Associated Press)

    Hatch ranked among most conservative

    by Stephen Dinan | Published February 9, 2011 Comments

    Facing a possible tough primary battle in Utah for his seat, Sen. Orrin G. Hatch received a boost Wednesday when he was rated one of the top conservatives in the Senate last year by the American Conservative Union.

  • Employers face possible tax hikes under Obama plan

    by Sean Lengell | Published February 8, 2011 Comments

    Businesses could face higher taxes under a new Obama administration proposal designed to help cash-strapped states replenish their unemployment insurance pools.

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