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President Obama speaks on the economy at the Milwaukee Laborfest in Milwaukee on Monday, Sept. 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama says raise revenue; Boehner says lower spending

Countering President Obama's call for tax rates to return to their past levels, House Minority Leader John A. Boehner said Wednesday morning that Congress should strike a bipartisan deal to lower spending to what it was in 2008. Published September 8, 2010

Obama hits bump in road spending

President Obama is not finding many allies in his latest call for bipartisan cooperation on new infrastructure spending and tax breaks, and even Democrats say nothing will get done in the two months before congressional elections. Published September 7, 2010

Political stars born of Arizona law

Despite being waylaid by the courts, Arizona's immigration law is still growing as a powerful political force, shaping elections across the country and creating a new generation of campaign stars in and out of the state. Published September 6, 2010

Draft alien-detention rules could run afoul of the law, senators say

The Obama administration could be breaking the law if it follows through on guidance that would mean the government detains fewer illegal immigrants, two top Republican senators said in a warning letter to the Department of Homeland Security this week. Published September 2, 2010

Conviction overturned for leaving water for illegals

In a test case with border-wide implications, a federal appeals court on Thursday reversed the littering conviction of a man who left gallon jugs of water on a national wildlife refuge to help illegal immigrants cross the remote federal land safely. Published September 2, 2010

Survey charts 'sharp decline' in illegals

Illegal immigration has been in a "sharp decline" over the past two years, the Pew Hispanic Center said in a report released Wednesday, and the Obama administration immediately touted the data as proof that it has made progress on securing the nation's borders. Published September 1, 2010

Does Bush deserve more credit for Iraq?

President Obama made brief mention of his predecessor Tuesday night, but the end of combat operations in Iraq has some wondering whether former President George W. Bush deserves more acclaim for having left in place the framework Mr. Obama is following to wind down the war. Published August 31, 2010

President Obama makes a statement Monday on the economy in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Associated Press)

Back in Washington, Obama hits Republicans on small business bill

Fresh off a vacation in Martha's Vineyard, President Obama jumped right back into the political fray Monday, saying he wants to act on boosting the economy but blaming Senate Republicans for holding a key small-business lending bill "hostage." Published August 30, 2010

Ariz. governor appeals ruling on illegals law

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said Thursday she has asked a federal appeals court to lift a lower court's injunction and let the state's tough immigration law to go fully into effect. Published August 26, 2010

Senate tax duel centers on small business

With the economy sputtering, Democrats have signaled they will turn a September Senate showdown on a small-business lending bill into a key test of who is working to boost jobs. But Republicans instead are focusing attention on the impending expiration of Bush tax cuts, which they say would hurt those small businesses. Published August 25, 2010

House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, speaks on jobs and the economy at the City Club of Cleveland on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Republican leader tells Obama to fire economic team

The top House Republican said Tuesday it's "time to put grown-ups in charge" as he called on President Obama to fire his whole economic team, but the White House shot back that Republicans haven't offered any better solutions to lead the country out of its slump. Published August 24, 2010

**FILE** President Barack Obama (Associated Press)

Stimulus cost drops by nearly $50 billion

Congress's scorekeeping agency now says President Obama's stimulus spending program will cost only $814 billion over 10 years, or nearly $50 billion less than predicted in January. Published August 24, 2010

House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, speaks on jobs and the economy at the City Club of Cleveland on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Boehner calls for Obama to fire entire economic team

Saying Washington is hampered by "endless spending sprees, entangled tax structures and bureaucracy run amok," the top House Republican on Tuesday demanded President Obama fire his entire economic team and immediately submit a plan to cut spending to pre-stimulus 2008 levels. Published August 24, 2010

Senate candidate Joe Miller has been campaigning door to door in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Miller has the support of the "tea party" movement and the backing of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. (Associated Press)

3 primaries pose key test for 'tea party'

Tuesday marks the final major test of "tea party" power in the primaries, as challengers try to capitalize on anti-incumbent sentiment in Alaska, Arizona and Florida, and incumbents hope to avoid becoming the latest victims in what's been a rough year for officeholders. Published August 23, 2010

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar takes a closer look Thursday in an area that was open water two years ago before a wetlands restoration project in the Delta National Wildlife Refuge off Louisiana. He and other federal officials led an inspection tour of the refuge in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill.

Gulf dearth of visitors blamed on media

Tourism officials say there can never be enough positive press coverage to undo the worst-case scenarios that were bandied about during the months-long barrage of bad news about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Published August 19, 2010

As job losses rise, rebound from recession called 'anemic'

New jobless benefits claims jumped last week to their highest rate since November, and Congress' chief scorekeeper said Thursday that the ongoing recovery has been "anemic" compared with past rebounds from deep recessions. Published August 19, 2010

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

CBO: U.S. faces slow recovery, near-record deficit

With the sluggish economy holding down revenues and the federal government still spending lavishly, the national deficit will hit $1.3 trillion this year — second only to last year's record, Congress's chief scorekeeper said Thursday. Published August 19, 2010

White House touts success of stimulus

The Obama administration says the stimulus worked by creating millions of jobs and staving off a depression - doing so with great transparency. It should be a crowning achievement as Democrats prepare for November's congressional elections. Published August 17, 2010

Bush drug plan beats cost mark

Four years into full operation, President George W. Bush's Medicare prescription drug program is coming in well below its projected cost, giving hope to backers of the new health insurance law that it, too, could beat budget expectations. Published August 16, 2010