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CHASTENED: The report by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on deep-water oil drilling, including his call for a six-month moratorium, was panned Tuesday by a federal judge as "misleading."

Judge lifts deep-water oil-drilling moratorium

A federal judge halted President Obama's deep-water oil drilling moratorium on Tuesday, telling the government its justification for the ban was "rather overbearing" and misled the public in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Published June 22, 2010

** FILE ** Vessels operate near the Q4000 drilling rig at the site of the Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, June 13, 2010. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Judge halts Obama's oil-drilling ban

A federal judge in New Orleans halted President Obama's deepwater drilling moratorium on Tuesday, saying the government never justified the ban and appeared to mislead the public in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Published June 22, 2010

Top Dem says Congress shouldn't pass budget

Congress will not produce a budget this year, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer said Tuesday, though he said Congress should take steps to impose one-year spending limits on itself and begin to lay the groundwork for long-term restraint. Published June 22, 2010

TEUTONIC TIP: German Chancellor Angela Merkel discusses global finance after a meeting with advisers at the Chancellery in Berlin on Monday ahead of the Group of 20 summit. (Associated Press)

Germany urges U.S. to focus on debt cuts

The congressional battle over adding more government stimulus spending versus deficit reduction spilled overseas Monday as the German government rebuked the Obama administration over its red ink and said countries now must focus on controlling debt. Published June 21, 2010

Rich got richer, paid more taxes under Bush

The rich did indeed get richer under President George W. Bush, but they also paid an ever-larger share of the federal tax burden, according to new numbers from Congress' chief scorekeeper. Published June 20, 2010

President Obama delivers remarks at the groundbreaking of a road project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Friday, June 18, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

White House, Congress clash over stimulus

The White House has begun a summerlong effort to rehabilitate the damaged image of the $862 billion Recovery Act, arguing that Americans are finally beginning to see the effects - even as the administration is struggling to get Congress to agree to another round of stimulus spending. Published June 17, 2010

Senate rejects more stimulus funding

The Senate on Wednesday rejected a $140 billion taxes and spending package in a resounding defeat for President Obama and Democratic leaders that signaled the era of freewheeling stimulus spending is giving way to greater concern for deficits. Published June 16, 2010

BP CEO Tony Hayward, left, talks with Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 17, 2010, prior to testifying before the House Oversight and Investigations subcommittee hearing on "the role of BP in the Deepwater Horizon Explosion and oil spill. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Science on drill ban questioned

The White House says the six-month moratorium it placed on deep-water drilling is a policy decision, not a science decision -- drawing criticism from Republicans who say Obama is violating a campaign vow. Published June 16, 2010

Democrats lose key test on spending

The Senate on Wednesday rejected a $140 billion tax cuts and spending package in a resounding defeat for President Obama and Democratic leaders, sending a signal deficits are starting to take priority over new stimulus spending on Capitol Hill. Published June 16, 2010

GOP bid to trim health law fails

A first attempt by congressional Republicans to repeal part of President Obama's new health care law failed Tuesday as the House overwhelmingly rejected an effort to cut out the individual mandate that requires all Americans to have coverage. Published June 15, 2010

Obama, Hill poised for clash on cuts

Neither the Bush nor Obama administration has wanted to build a second engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and it's one of the biggest spending cuts on the list President Obama submitted to Congress this year -- a list Republicans have been begging Democrats to allow votes. Published June 14, 2010

**FILE** In this Nov. 24, 2009 photo, President Obama's aunt, Zeituni Onyango, poses in her home in Boston with a framed photograph of herself and Obama when he was an Illinois state senator. (Associated Press)

Congressman wants Obama's aunt to testify on asylum

A Republican lawmaker wants to call President Obama's aunt to testify to Congress about whether she was given preferential treatment when she was granted asylum — but her lawyers say she won't appear. Published June 14, 2010

'Stimulus' or not, Obama seeks new spending

Though he didn't call it a second stimulus, President Obama this weekend asked Congress to pass legislation that amounts to much the same thing: extending some of the first stimulus bill's programs and adding some of the White House's new priorities. Published June 13, 2010

Senate hands climate backers first win

Environmentalists scored their first major Senate victory Thursday as Democrats gave a green light to the EPA to impose strict new rules on greenhouse gas emissions. Published June 10, 2010

Administration seeks immigration-fees hike

The Obama administration on Wednesday proposed raising immigration fees by an average of 10 percent - a boost that surprised congressional offices and began anew the debate over how legal immigration is funded. Published June 9, 2010

White House budget chief Peter R. Orszag waits to speak at the liberal Center for American Progress in Washington on Tuesday. He said federal agencies were asked to produce a list of potential cuts totaling 5 percent of their budgets. (Bloomberg)

Obama calls for cuts to spend on own policies

The White House said Tuesday it will continue to try to freeze non-security spending in next year's budget as President Obama seeks to counter the flood of red ink that has swept the federal budget over the last decade. Published June 8, 2010

**FILE** Marco Rubio (Associated Press)

Political parties lose control as Internet aids challengers

The Internet has become the great political equalizer, giving life this year to insurgent candidates who would never have been able to break through the near-complete control that political parties used to exercise over their nominations. Published June 8, 2010

Say when: Congress fills up on stimulus

Prodded by last week's disappointing job-creation numbers, Democrats and Republicans alike are calling for Congress to tackle yet another "jobs bill" — but after 2½ years of stimulus, and well more than $1 trillion committed, the appetite for stimulus spending has dropped. Published June 6, 2010

Arizona governor, Obama face off

Inside the Oval Office, the two went head-to-head as Jan Brewer demanded Obama take more steps to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, and they failed to make headway on the state's tough new immigration law. Published June 3, 2010