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Senate fails to curb EPA's climate authority

President Obama got an implicit green light Wednesday to go ahead with writing new environmental rules to limit greenhouse gases, after the Senate failed to pass any one of four separate proposals designed to tie the administration's hands. Published April 6, 2011

BLUEPRINT: House Speaker John A. Boehner, flanked by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (left) and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy talks with reporters after the 2012 budget outline. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Red tape cut in health care law

Congress on Tuesday revoked the first significant parts of President Obama's health care initiative when the Senate voted overwhelmingly to eliminate a burdensome tax paperwork requirement the law imposes on businesses. Published April 5, 2011

House GOP offers last-minute shutdown reprieve

Seeking to buy more time for spending negotiations to bear fruit, House Republican leaders announced another one-week stop-gap spending bill late Monday night that would cut $12 billion more from 2010 spending levels. Published April 5, 2011

Left seeks foe for Obama in primary

With President Obama officially running for re-election, the call from the left for a primary challenge was gaining steam - though no challenger so far is stepping forward. Published April 4, 2011

GOP vows to stand ground on next major fiscal debates

Congress hasn't even settled the 2011 spending fight and many lawmakers already are looking ahead to the next big battles over raising the country's debt ceiling and the 2012 budget — with top Republicans beginning to draw lines in the sand. Published April 3, 2011


Republicans ask for troops to remain at border

Stepping up the immigration enforcement bidding war, House Republicans last week asked President Obama to extend the deployment of 1,200 National Guard troops on the U.S.-Mexico border past June 30, when their mission is slated to end. Published April 3, 2011

** FILE ** President Barack Obama talks briefly about taxes and his meeting the day before with Republican and Democratic Congressional leaders on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, in the Oval Office at the White in Washington. The president was in a meeting with former Secretary of State Colin Powell, not shown. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Obama rejoins spending fight

Wading directly into the spending negotiations on Capitol Hill for the first time in weeks, President Obama on Saturday afternoon called the top Republican and top Democrat in Congress, telling them he supports a deal cutting another $23 billion from last year's spending levels. Published April 2, 2011

DHS: Illegal immigrant students not a target for deportation

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Friday that illegal immigrant students and young adults who meet the criteria in last year's failed legalization bill in Congress are not a "priority" for her department's law enforcement efforts. Published April 1, 2011

Activists fight immigrant roundups

With deportations up under President Obama, immigration rights advocates on Thursday called on him to use executive authority to reduce the number of illegal immigrants being deported, and vowed a city-by-city campaign to press the issue. Published March 31, 2011

Boehner denies spending deal is done

House Speaker John A. Boehner told reporters Thursday that there is no final deal on a spending-cuts number, countering claims by Democrats that all sides have settled on about $33 billion in cuts. Published March 31, 2011

Feds' praise for medical pot goes up in smoke

For a brief time earlier this month the National Cancer Institute, a branch of the federal government's National Institutes of Health, had posted a webpage touting the possible benefits of marijuana in fighting cancer tumors. But less than two weeks after it went up, the webpage was altered and the approving words stricken. Published March 30, 2011

Spending fight in Senate turns to GOP riders

Democrats said Tuesday that in an effort to find a spending compromise that would keep the government from shutting down April 8, they are willing to look at some of the legislative add-ons House Republicans tacked onto their spending-cuts bill. Published March 29, 2011

White House: 'No mercy' is not a doctrine

As President Obama addressed the country Monday to explain his decision 10 days ago to attack Libya, the White House insisted there are no broader axioms to draw from it, and his top advisers said it is not a precedent for what he might do in Syria, Sudan or other situations. Published March 28, 2011

Obama rules out back-door legalization of immigrants

President Obama said Monday that he does not have the power to suspend deportations, putting the nail in a plan some administration officials had explored that could have granted de-facto legal status to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants. Published March 28, 2011

Little progress as shutdown deadline looms

Congress gave itself a three-week reprieve on a government shutdown, then spent the first 10 days on vacation. Now, lawmakers return with the shutdown deadline once again looming, and a deal seemingly as far away as ever. Published March 27, 2011

POWERED DOWN: The alternate engine for the F-35 jet has been halted by a 90-day stop-work order. (Associated Press)

Obama wins F-35 engine battle with Congress

The F-35 fighter jet's alternate engine has survived White House veto threats and knock-down congressional budget battles, but on Thursday the Pentagon finally said it is halting spending — delivering a major, albeit short-term, victory to President Obama. Published March 24, 2011

Boehner seeks clarification of goals for Libya mission

With some members of Congress already staging a minor rebellion against President Obama's decision to attack Libya, House Speaker John A. Boehner on Wednesday blasted the administration for "contradictory" statements and told the president to lay out concrete goals for U.S. action. Published March 23, 2011

A woman walks through a deserted hallway of the U.S. Capitol on Monday. Despite the fact that the United States began attacking Libya a few days ago, lawmakers have been away for 10 days. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Capitol Hill falls silent as Libya war rages

The world is at war, but Washington is eerily empty, devoid of all the power players who normally foster a soul-searching debate when the country goes on the attack. Published March 21, 2011

CBO: Obama's budget doesn't reach primary balance

Congress' chief scorekeeper says President Obama's budget never achieves primary balance, the key measure the White House said would show the country is living within its means. Published March 18, 2011

Hill extends temporary funding, OKs a vacation

Congress on Thursday pushed a government shutdown back another three weeks then approved taking a vacation next week, leaving the hard work of striking a long-term deal for another day. Published March 17, 2011