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  • Sen. Ben Nelson, Nebraska Democrat, under Republican fire for supporting the health care initiative in 2009, now says he doesn't want to scrap the entire law but would consider tweaking it or even repealing some of its provisions. (AP Photo)

    Senators call for penalties for misuse of airport body scans

    By Sean Lengell | Published February 8, 2011 Comments

    Two Democratic senators on Tuesday proposed legislation that would make it a federal crime to misuse images recorded from full-body scanners used at airport security checkpoints.

  • In this photo provided by NBC television, Rep. Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican, speaks Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" in Washington. The new House Majority leader said he believes Obama is a citizen and that most Americans are beyond that question. He refused to call people who question Obama's citizenship "crazy," saying it's not nice to call anyone crazy. (Associated Press/NBC, William B. Plowman)

    Cantor: GOP committed to budget cuts

    by Sean Lengell | Published February 8, 2011 Comments

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Tuesday pushed back at criticisms Republicans were using fuzzy math to justify a pledge to scale back spending to 2008 levels and to cut $100 billion from the nation's budget. But with the 2011 fiscal year already more than four months old, don't expect all of those cuts and savings this year.

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul answers questions after voting in Bowling Green, Ky., Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010.

    Tea party group to host town-hall meeting

    by Sean Lengell | Published February 8, 2011 Comments

    The Tea Party Express is set to hold a town hall-style meeting with several members of Congress in Washington Tuesday evening.

  • Government spending spree tails off

    by Stephen Dinan | Published February 7, 2011 Comments

    After years of major increases, federal spending has held fairly steady in the first four months of fiscal 2011, with a $10 billion drop in unemployment claims and expiring bailout spending helping keep the bottom line in check.

  • ** FILE ** Then Florida Gov.-elect Rick Scott, center, attends a luncheon with White House administration officials, before President Barack Obama arrives, on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010,  at the Blair House across from the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Governor gives tea party crowd first look at budget

    by Sean Lengell | Published February 7, 2011 Comments

    Newly minted Florida Gov. Rick Scott is presenting his proposed state budget Monday afternoon before a very interested audience. No, it's not the state Legislature, or even a roomful of reporters at the governor's mansion. Instead, he's outlining his plan at a tea party rally in rural central Florida.

  • ** FILE ** Then Florida Gov.-elect Rick Scott, center, attends a luncheon with White House administration officials, before President Barack Obama arrives, on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010,  at the Blair House across from the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Florida governor to unveil budget at tea party rally

    by Sean Lengell | Published February 7, 2011 Comments

    Newly minted Florida Gov. Rick Scott is presenting his proposed state budget Monday afternoon before a very interested audience. No, it's not the state Legislature, or even a roomful of reporters at the governor's mansion. Instead, he's outlining his plan at a tea party rally in rural central Florida.

  • Voters say government encourages illegal immigration, poll says

    by Sean Lengell | Published February 7, 2011 Comments

    Most voters continue to believe federal policies encourage illegal immigration, but voters are almost evenly divided on whether it's better to let the federal government or individual states enforce immigration laws, a new polls says.

  • Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican (AP Photo)

    McCain: Obama 'much more centrist'

    by David Eldridge | Published February 4, 2011 Comments

    Sen. John McCain praised a "much more centrist" President Obama on Thursday after a private White House meeting a day earlier. The former GOP presidential nominee, speaking to Bloomberg Television, said: "I think it's pretty clear that the president has really pivoted to a much more centrist position, which I think makes it much more for us easier to work with him."

  • "Americans are skeptical of both political parties, and that skepticism is justified — especially when it comes to spending. So hold us accountable," said Rep. Paul D. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, in prepared remarks released before President Obama addressed lawmakers Tuesday evening. (Associated Press)

    Paul Ryan shrugs off talk of higher office

    by Sean Lengell | Published February 4, 2011 Comments

    Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, a dapper young rising star in the GOP, said Thursday he won't run for president in 2012 and shrugged off a question about a possible vice-presidential bid. "Who knows?” he said during an appearance at the Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee when asked about rumors he would make a perfect veep candidate, according to WisPolitics.com. "That is such a hypothetical situation."

  • Senator says no to laser pointer restrictions

    by Sean Lengell | Published February 3, 2011 Comments

    A Senate measure that calls for banning the potentially deadly practice of aiming laser pointers at airplanes breezed though the Senate Thursday with unusually widespread bipartisan support — with one exception.

  • George LeMieux, left, former chief of staff to Gov. Charlie Crist, right, answers questions from the media after being named to replace U. S. Senator Mel Martinez, Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Coale)

    In Florida, LeMieux may seek Nelson's Senate seat

    by Sean Lengell | Published February 3, 2011 Comments

    George LeMieux part deux? Maybe, says the former Republican senator from Florida, who told a gathering of Republicans in Tallahassee Wednesday that — after stepping down from office last month — he is considering another go in the Senate.

  • George LeMieux, left, former chief of staff to Gov. Charlie Crist, right, answers questions from the media after being named to replace U. S. Senator Mel Martinez, Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Coale)

    LeMieux may seek Nelson's Florida Senate seat

    by Sean Lengell | Published February 3, 2011 Comments

    George LeMieux part deux? Maybe, says the former Republican senator from Florida, who told a gathering of Republicans in Tallahassee Wednesday that — after stepping down from office last month — he is considering another go in the Senate.

  • A Corvallis police vehicle sits in front of the Salman Al-Farisi Islamic Center following the fire set by an alleged arsonist in the early morning hours of Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010 in Corvallis, Ore.  Anger on Sunday over a Somali-born teen's failed plan to blow up a van full of explosives during Portland's Christmas tree lighting ceremony apparently erupted in arson on Sunday when a fire damaged the Islamic center once frequented by the suspect. Police don't know who started the blaze or exactly why, but they believe the mosque was targeted because terror suspect Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, occasionally worshipped there. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

    U.S. doing better in 'war on terror', poll says

    by Sean Lengell | Published February 3, 2011 Comments

    The number of Americans who say terrorists are winning the "war on terror" has fallen to its lowest level in a year-and-a-half, a new national survey shows. Results of a Rasmussen Reports national survey released Thursday shows that 19 percent of Americans say the terrorists are winning the war — down 11 percentage points from early January and the lowest level measured since July 2009.

  • LIBERALS' FOE: "I'm on dartboards all over the country," Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II says. (Associated Press)

    Virginia wants Supreme Court ruling on health care challenge

    by Seth McLaughlin | Published February 3, 2011 Comments

    Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II said this morning that he wants to put the state's constitutional challenge to the president's health care overhaul on the fast track by asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the lawsuit now instead of waiting for the case to be decided by the court of appeals.

  • President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attend the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Obama says his faith is 'sustaining force'

    by Kara Rowland | Published February 3, 2011 Comments

    Saying his Christian faith has been a "sustaining force" over the past two years, President Obama on Thursday prayed for the Egyptian people as bloody clashes continue in Cairo. "We pray that the violence in Egypt will end and that the rights and aspirations of the Egyptian people will be realized, and that a better day will dawn over Egypt and throughout the world," Mr. Obama said at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.

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