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  • President Obama will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican as part of a European trip scheduled for March. The White House says Mr. Obama "looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality" during their March 27 meeting. (Associated Press)

    Obama to meet with Pope Francis, a pontiff that even Democrats can embrace

    Since Francis denounced "trickle-down economics" and income inequality in November, Mr. Obama and top congressional Democrats have used those words as ammunition in their push for a minimum-wage hike, an unconditional extension of long-term jobless aid and other goals that Republicans have resisted.

  • SD lawmakers hope to avoid partisan fights in 2014

    When South Dakota's legislative leaders unveiled a new economic development program near the end of last year's session, Republicans and Democrats went out of their way to brag that they had cooperated to avoid the kind of partisan fighting that caused gridlock in Congress.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie faces a federal probe over whether he violated the law by spending $25 million in Hurricane Sandy emergency money on tourism ads featuring his family. Mr. Christie's office denied any wrongdoing.

    Christie faces federal probe over tourism ads funded by Sandy aid

    Already reeling from the "Bridgegate" scandal, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie faced new political trouble Monday as federal investigators questioned whether he violated the law by spending $25 million in Hurricane Sandy emergency money on tourism ads featuring his family.

  • Inside the Beltway: Americans anticipate another government shutdown in 49 days

    A disconcerting reminder: The federal government is only funded for the next 49 days. The money runs out exactly seven weeks from Wednesday, on Jan. 15 to be exact. But no one is thinking about this as holiday time bustles in — or are they?

  • "You're going to create endless confusion in this country in the insurance market," says Rep. Jim McDermott, Washington Democrat, of the Republican-led House bill that allows insurance plans with limited protections to be extended and take on new enrollees in the coming year. The House passed the bill Friday 261-157 despite a veto threat from President Obama. (Associated Press)

    States take up the fight against Obama's changes to health care law

    The tumultuous Beltway fight over Americans who lost their health plans because of Obamacare is shifting to the states, where regulators will decide whether to heed President Obama's proposal to let Americans renew their plans — or rebuff him to preserve the core mission of his signature law.

  • ** FILE ** Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire Democrat. (Associated Press)

    Under pressure, 10 Senate Democrats push for Obamacare extension

    Pressure is mounting on Senate Democrats, notably those up for re-election in Republican-leaning states next year, to deal with Obamacare's flawed rollout when they get back to work Monday.

  • Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, leaves the floor of the Senate after skirmishing with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., over the Affordable Care Act, popularly know as "Obamacare," at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Sen. Ted Cruz's talkathon mostly a spectacle

    Republican leaders said Tuesday that a filibuster attempt to prevent a spending bill from reaching the Senate floor was a losing tactic in the fight against Obamacare, and instead began to ramp up pressure on a handful of Democrats, saying the real battle will be an end-of-week vote specifically on whether to keep funding the health care law.

  • Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    ABBOTT: Obama's scheme to take over Texas

    The Obama administration's interference in Texas' redistricting and voter-ID litigation does not protect voting rights. It protects the Democratic Party. Recall that just a few months ago, high-ranking Obama operatives launched a campaign to "turn Texas blue."

  • "For years now we've been hearing about dysfunction in the Congress. We've all suffered in our public opinion polling and what people think of this place, and I think this process we've gone through in the last couple of days, last couple of weeks, are a real antidote to that," said Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona. (Associated Press)

    Bipartisanship breaks through gridlock on Hill, but divisive battles on spending loom

    After four years of crippling partisan gridlock, which intensified in 2011 when the GOP took control of the House and the Senate remained in Democratic hands, both parties have finally found areas of common ground in Congress.

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