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  • "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.


  • President Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on Feb. 5, 2013. The president asked Congress to come up with tens of billions of dollars in short-term spending cuts and tax revenue to put off the automatic across the board cuts that are scheduled to kick in March 1. (Associated Press)

    Obama ramps up pressure to resolve sequester

    Warning of serious repercussions for the economy and the military if Congress fails to halt the next round of $85 billion in budget cuts next month, President Obama on Tuesday called for replacing the automatic spending "sequesters" with a vague mix of smaller cuts and more tax increases.


  • **FILE** Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, at the Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, July 20, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    High-dollar Dems, tea party unite against Mitch McConnell

    Big Democratic donors, local liberal activists and a left-leaning super PAC in Kentucky are throwing their support behind the tea party against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.


  • Rep. Paul Ryan (AP Photo)

    At retreat, GOP advances debt-limit strategies

    The chairman of the House Budget Committee on Thursday said the House GOP is considering a short-term extension of the nation's debt limit to buy Democrats and Republicans some additional time to hash out a long-term deficit-reduction deal, and to force a national conversation over the size and scope of the federal budget.


  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says nothing is off the table when it comes to options to increase revenue, except a tax increase on the middle-class. (The Washington Times)

    More taxes: ‘Behind us’ or ‘on the table’?

    Democrats are bubbling over with ideas for raking in additional federal revenue even as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell declared Sunday that "the tax issue is behind us."


  • House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, arrives Dec. 12, 2012, for a closed-door meeting with the GOP caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boehner and the other House Republican leaders are calling for President Obama to come up with plan they can accept for spending cuts and tax revenue to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" of automatic tax hikes and budget reductions. (Associated Press)

    Boehner: 'Serious differences' remain in talks

    House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday that "serious differences" remain between him and President Barack Obama in negotiations on averting automatic spending cuts and tax increases that economists fear could send the U.S. economy over a "fiscal cliff."


  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California gestures as she speaks to reporters at Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    House Democrats petition for a vote on tax-cut extension

    Looking to break the "fiscal cliff" gridlock, House Democrats are attempting to use a "discharge petition," a little-known procedural move, to get around Speaker John A. Boehner and force a House vote on extending the Bush-era tax cuts for everyone except individuals making $200,000 and more and couples making $250,000.


  • Are parties hurtling toward 'fiscal cliff'?

    With little tangible headway being made in Washington on averting the looming federal taxes-and-spending crisis, a key observer said Wednesday that he puts the chances of Congress reaching a deal before the Jan. 1 "fiscal cliff" deadline at less than 1 in 3.


  • **FILE** President Obama (left) and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney walk past each other onstage Oct. 22, 2012, at the end of the final presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. (Associated Press)

    YOUNG: Skewed polls not telling the full Romney story

    The latest skewed presidential poll recalls Reagan's admonition: "There you go again." Once more, Republicans are being under-polled, and a close race is actually even closer than it already appears. The result could be that instead of an "October Surprise," this year's election might offer a November one -- on election night.


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