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Senate breaks rule, OKs jobs bill

Opponents of the $15 billion job-creation bill - mostly Republicans - said it doesn't do enough, shuts out other Republican ideas and violates the recently passed "pay-go" spending rules. Published February 25, 2010

Senate skirts new rules to pass jobs bill

It took less than two weeks for lawmakers to vote to break new rules requiring that new spending be offset elsewhere in the budget, waiving the requirement just minutes before a strong bipartisan majority passed a $15 billion job-creation bill in the Senate on Wednesday. Published February 24, 2010

Stimulus created jobs, but no real optimism

A new government analysis says the stimulus act funded between 1 million and 2.1 million jobs as of December and kept the economy humming at a faster rate than it would otherwise, but consumer confidence has tumbled anyway - potentially hindering the continued recovery. Published February 24, 2010

CBO sees big job boost from stimulus

The stimulus act added at least 1 million new jobs and possibly as many as 2.1 million jobs in the final three months of last year, and lowered the unemployment rate by at least a half a percentage point, according to a new analysis from Congress's official scorekeeper. Published February 23, 2010

Jobs bill advances with help from Brown

Bipartisanship broke out in the Senate on Monday, aided by newly minted Sen. Scott Brown, as senators rewarded the hardball tactics of Democratic leaders and avoided a filibuster by voting to move forward with a $15 billion jobs bill. Published February 23, 2010

Parks open to holders of concealed guns

U.S. national parks will open Monday to holders of concealed firearms as a hard-fought law passed last year takes effect, but both sides expect more battles over exactly what the legislation means in practice. Published February 22, 2010

'Tea party' activists change dynamic at CPAC

On the opening day of the biggest-ever annual gathering of conservatives, the tenuous relationship among conservatives, tea party activists and the Republican Party establishment was repeatedly on display. Published February 19, 2010

Cheney in surprise CPAC visit: Obama is 'one-term'

Fresh off his back-and-forth with the Obama administration, former Vice President Dick Cheney took his fight to the heart of the political right, making a surprise visit Thursday to the Conservative Political Action Conference. Published February 18, 2010

GOP 'tsunami' predicted for exurbia, South, Mountain States

Former Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, the architect of previous Republican campaign successes, says outer-suburban voters eager to place a check on President Obama and Democrats are swinging back to the GOP and will power a Republican resurgence in New England, while aiding GOP "tsunamis" in Virginia, Colorado and Iowa. Published February 18, 2010

Conservative manifesto is call to action, say signers

Leaders of major conservative groups on Wednesday signed a manifesto vowing to push the country to return to constitutional principles, saying they've grown tired of having to accept government expansion at the hands of liberals. Published February 18, 2010

One year later, stimulus has mixed record

A year after it became law, the stimulus package costs more than promised, has failed to keep down the unemployment rate and has faced charges of waste and abuse. Published February 17, 2010

Bayh retirement plan fuels GOP hope

Sen. Evan Bayh, Indiana Democrat, said Monday that he will not seek re-election this year, shocking his party and giving Republicans a good chance to win the seat. Published February 16, 2010

Indiana's Bayh announces retirement from Senate

Sen. Evan Bayh, Indiana Democrat, stunned the political world Monday by announcing he will not seek re-election this year, leaving open a seat Republicans will have a good chance of winning. Published February 15, 2010

Biden, Cheney spar on terror-war strategy

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said Sunday that the Obama administration is successfully following the same recipe the Bush administration used in fighting the war on terror as he and former Vice President Dick Cheney traded shots in a long-distance, time-lag debate on the Sunday political talk shows over how to fight al Qaeda and win the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Published February 15, 2010

Biden, Cheney trade barbs over terror war

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and former Vice President Dick Cheney traded verbal barbs over how to fight al Qaeda and win the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Published February 14, 2010

Dems air plans for curbing political ads

Top Democrats said Thursday they will try to undercut last month's Supreme Court campaign-finance ruling by forcing corporations and unions that want to run political ads to register separate spending accounts, make them disclose how they got money for the ads and guarantee politicians low rates to respond with their own broadcast ads. Published February 12, 2010

GOP sees chance to topple incumbents in House

House Republicans are so confident of making major electoral gains this year that they're now daring some senior Democrats not to retire and instead face defeat at the ballot box. Published February 11, 2010

1 million fewer illegals in U.S., study says

The number of illegal immigrants in the United States dropped by nearly 1 million from 2007 to 2009 as the Bush administration ramped up enforcement efforts just as the economy took a dive, according to new figures the Homeland Security Department released Tuesday. Published February 10, 2010

Dems seek quick fix on campaign finance

Buoyed by polls showing the public is fed up with money influencing politics, Democrats are beginning to settle on options for curbing the Supreme Court's recent ruling that freed corporations and unions to enter the political fray with unlimited ads. Published February 10, 2010