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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, after a bipartisan budget compromise cleared a procedural hurdle in the Senate, advancing past a filibuster threshold on a 67-33 vote that ensures the measure will pass the Democratic-led chamber no later than Wednesday and head to the White House to be signed into law. When enacted, the measure would ease for two years some of the harshest cuts to agency budgets required under automatic spending curbs commonly known as sequestration. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

90 percent of Americans say Congress 'acts like they don't have a boss'

Inquiring minds want to know: who do the nation's esteemed lawmakers work for? It looks like the freewheeling group works for nobody. The vast majority of Americans — 90 percent — say elected officials in Washington behave "like they don’t have a boss." So says a Fox New poll released Thursday. Only 7 percent overall say the lawmakers behave as if they were "employees of the American public."

Radio host Armstrong Williams has a solution to the hubbub over full-body scans and pat-downs at airports: "Everybody should just go to the airport nude." (Graham Williams Group via Associated Press)

A media-intense holiday moment with Armstrong Williams

It's was an event at the very nexus of politics, media, broadcast, tenacity and holiday spirit. That would a gathering Thursday evening hosted by conservative columnist, commentator and entrepreneur Armstrong Williams at the Monocle, the historic eatery not two blocks from the U.S. Capitol.

Radio host Michael Savage

Michael Savage's battle of Britain and the 'undesirables' continues

Michael Savage's four-year-old battle with Britain continues. The popular talk radio host has wrangled with the British government for quite a while - seeking to have his name removed from a list of 16 "undesirables" banned from the country on May 5, 2009. Now, he has received an invitation from Britain's Oxford Union to participate in a debate. Will he go?

** FILE ** House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., listen to a question after announcing a tentative agreement between Republican and Democratic negotiators on a government spending plan, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

No kumbaya: Fiscal conservatives snarl at Patty and Paul's budget deal

Despite all the kumbaya talk about compromise and optimism afoot on Capitol Hill, not everyone is happy with Sen. Patty Murray, Washington Democrat, and Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican - who have carefully maneuvered their federal budget deal through the political landscape. Grassroots fiscal conservatives will have none of it. Period.