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President Obama speaks about the so-called "Buffett Rule" on April 11, 2012, at the White House. (Associated Press)

Obama's push for Buffett millionaires' tax falls short

Republicans on Monday banded together in the Senate to block President Obama's "Buffett Rule" tax, halting one of his chief legislative goals but leaving him with what the White House believes is a potent political weapon heading into November's elections. Published April 16, 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at the National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis, Friday, April 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Romney team ducks women's pay discrimination bill

Mitt Romney's campaign stumbled last week when it couldn't immediately say whether he supports a 2009 law that grants women more chances to sue over pay discrimination — and his staff still cannot say whether he would sign the follow-up legislation, the Paycheck Fairness Act, which is currently pending in Congress. Published April 15, 2012

**FILE** Demonstrators outside the White House march in November with a replica of a pipeline during a protest of the planned Keystone XL pipeline that would bring tar sands oil from Canada to Texas. (Associated Press)

House GOP to tie oil pipeline to highway bill

Seeking to a stronger negotiating position, House Republicans said Friday they will demand any eventual long-term federal highway funding bill also include approval of the massive Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline project. Published April 13, 2012

**FILE** Cheri White Owl, founder of Horse Feathers Equine Rescue, is pictured with one of the 33 horses for which she cares in Guthrie, Okla., on Nov. 29, 2011. Ms. White Owl said she's seen more horse neglect during the recession, which coincided with the end of horse slaughtering in the U.S. (Associated Press)

New Mexico firm applies for first horse meat slaughterhouse

A New Mexico slaughterhouse has petitioned the federal government to become the first business to offer horses for slaughter since an effective ban on the practice ended last year, according to state officials and animal welfare groups. Published April 13, 2012

White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington on Thursday, April 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Romney tags Obama for N. Korean defiance

The White House late Thursday criticized North Korea's failed missile launch, saying it jeopardizes the region's security — but President Obama's likely Republican opponent in the election said the current administration is to blame for the situation getting this far. Published April 12, 2012

Court buries tax-shelter deal on 'sham' cemeteries

A federal court on Thursday officially barred a Northern Virginia man from promoting tax shelters - the final chapter in a case federal investigators said involved selling fraudulent shares in "sham" cemeteries to help customers claim tax deductions from investment losses or charitable donations. Published April 12, 2012

Mitt Romney argues in Hartford, Conn., on Wednesday that he is the better candidate for women. "The real war on women is being waged by the president's failed economic policies," he said. President Obama won 56 percent of the female vote in 2008. (Associated Press)

Romney's wooing of female vote hits early snag

With the general election campaign unofficially under way, Mitt Romney's effort to win back female voters got off to a rocky start Wednesday when his campaign was stumped temporarily over whether he supports the 3-year-old Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Published April 11, 2012

Rick Santorum turns to his wife, Karen, on Tuesday after announcing in Gettysburg, Pa., that he is suspending his run for president. Front-runner Mitt Romney said in Delaware that he will now start seriously pondering a list of vice-presidential prospects. (Associated Press)

Santorum's exit shifts GOP race

Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania put his presidential campaign on ice Tuesday, removing the final major hurdle for Mitt Romney to win the Republican nomination and turn his full attention to a general-election bid against President Obama. Published April 10, 2012

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, surrounded by his family, announces on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, in Gettysburg, Pa., that he is suspending his GOP presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Santorum suspends campaign for GOP presidential nomination

Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania suspended his presidential campaign Tuesday, removing the final major hurdle for Mitt Romney to win the Republican nomination and marking the unofficial beginning of the general election battle with President Obama. Published April 10, 2012

Sen. Marco Rubio

Eagerness seen as a vice in presidential veepstakes

While Mitt Romney finally looks to have the Republican nomination within his grasp, the jockeying among the wannabes for the No. 2 spot on the GOP ticket is only now ramping up. Published April 8, 2012

Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas W. Elmendorf (Associated Press)

Government records 40th straight deficit month in March

The federal government ran a $777 billion deficit for the first six months of fiscal year 2012, the Congressional Budget Office estimated on Friday, including a $196 billion hole in March, marking the 40th straight month of deficits. Published April 6, 2012

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney takes his turn speaking to the American Society of News Editors on Wednesday, a day after President Obama told his side of the story. (Associated Press)

Romney tells press to uncover Obama's secrets

Mitt Romney urged the country's news editors on Wednesday to delve more deeply into what he said were President Obama's secret second-term plans, telling them they have a duty to "do the seeking" to expose what the White House has in store. Published April 4, 2012

**FILE** Rep. Doc Hastings, Washington Republican (Associated Press)

House subpoenas Obama administration on Gulf oil drilling

A House committee issued subpoenas Tuesday demanding the Obama administration turn over documents Republicans say will show the backroom negotiations that led to President Obama's Gulf of Mexico drilling moratorium in 2010. Published April 3, 2012

Congress puts Obama recess power to the test

Congress is taking its first real recess in nearly a year after the House and Senate agreed on Friday to a two-week adjournment for Easter - and a test of whether President Obama will abide by an agreement not to make any recess appointments while lawmakers are gone. Published April 1, 2012

**FILE** House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican, speaks Jan. 31, 2012, during a news conference on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

Massachusetts militia scores another victory over Virginia

Lawmakers from Massachusetts managed to outflank their Virginia counterparts on the House floor last week, powering through a bill that officially designates Salem as the birthplace of the U.S. National Guard — based on the town's claim to having the country's first militia starting in 1629. Published April 1, 2012

**FILE** House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, California Republican (Associated Press)

Congressional recess tests White House deal

Congress is taking its first real recess in nearly a year after the House and Senate agreed on Friday to a two-week adjournment for Easter — and a test of whether President Obama will abide by an agreement not to make any recess appointments while lawmakers are gone. Published March 30, 2012

Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican (Associated Press)

House rejects Bowles-Simpson, Obama budgets

The Bowles-Simpson deficit-reduction plan went down to a crushing defeat in the House late Wednesday night in a vote that damages the one bipartisan proposal that just a few months ago had seemed like a possible solution to the country's debt woes. Published March 28, 2012