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  • Rick Berg, the Republican Senate candidate in North Dakota, speaks in Bismarck, N.D., during a debate with Democratic candidate Heidi Heitkamp. Ms. Heitkamp and Mr. Berg are running for the seat being left open by the departure of incumbent Democrat Kent Conrad, and Mr. Berg is seen as crucial to GOP hopes of capturing control of the Senate. (Associated Press)

    Tight Senate race a rarity in North Dakota

    Hustling to finish his wheat harvest, farmer Mark Nesheim was repairing his combine recently when his cellphone rang. The caller wanted to know if Mr. Nesheim would support Republican candidates in November, particularly the North Dakota GOP's Senate hopeful.

  • Illustration Home Money by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

    FITTON: Crony capitalism, Countrywide and Congress

    "Crony capitalism" has become a popular buzz phrase when speaking of the bailouts as American taxpayers struggle to make sense of the corrupt relationships that led to the financial crisis.

  • **FILE** The Countrywide Financial Corp. office in Beverly Hills, Calif., is seen here June 25, 2008. (Associated Press)

    Countrywide's loans bought clout on Hill

    Countrywide Financial Corp., the former mortgage lending giant whose subprime loans helped spark the country's foreclosure crisis, bought influence on Capitol Hill by giving discounted loans to lawmakers and key policymakers, according to a nearly four-year House-led investigation that wrapped up this week.

  • "I know this is sort of geeky stuff, but the hard reality is that the amount of time it takes to put together these plans is really daunting. This takes weeks and weeks and months and months of effort, and that's why I think it's important to begin."
- Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad,  North Dakota Democrat

    Democrats punt on Senate budget bill for third year

    In a stunning backtrack that virtually guarantees Congress for the third year will be unable to produce a budget, Senate Democrats' top budget writer Tuesday canceled this week's expected votes on a 2013 fiscal blueprint.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Democrats' budget solution: No budget

    In the midst of an already heated general election campaign, the remarks of Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, North Dakota Democrat, on "Fox News Sunday" last weekend may not have gotten the attention (and scorn) they deserved.

  • ** FILE ** In this July 27, 2011, file photo, Sen. Patty Murray, Washington Democrat, speaks as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid listens at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Reid announced Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, he's naming Murray to co-chair a powerful "super committee" charged with finding more than $1 trillion in deficit cuts this fall. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Reid names Murray to be debt panel co-chair

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Tuesday he's naming Sen. Patty Murray to co-chair a powerful "super committee" charged with finding more than $1 trillion in deficit cuts this fall.

  • **FILE** Sen. Kent Conrad

    Senate budget chairman: Short-term extension is best answer

    The chairman of the Senate Budget Committee said Wednesday it's impossible to enact spending cuts, a tax code overhaul and changes in benefit programs in the less than two weeks left before an Aug. 2 government default deadline.

  • "I don't think it's ever too late until the fat lady sings. What's needed for the country is at least a $4 trillion package," said Sen. Kent Conrad, North Dakota Democrat and Senate Budget Committee chairman, regarding his budget proposal. (Associated Press)

    Conrad offers own $4 trillion debt reduction plan

    As congressional leaders and President Obama met behind closed doors Monday afternoon to discuss ways to tackle the nation's ballooning debt, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad released basic details of his 2012 budget that calls for lowering the nation's debt by $4 trillion over the next decade.

  • Democrats' big budget lie

    The demonstrably false party line being peddled by President Obama and the Democrats in the budget battle is that tax increases must be a large part of the deal because corporations and the rich don't pay their fair share.

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad

    LAMBRO: Game time for Democrats

    Senate Democrats were expected to bring up the House Republicans' 2012 budget plan for a vote this week, but not their own plan, which remains under lock and key.

 Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, North Dakota Democrat, is preparing a fiscal plan that calls for a complete overhaul of the tax code but would leave Social Security untouched.

    Senate budget chief readies response to GOP outline

    The top Democrat in the Senate on budget matters said Tuesday that he's preparing a fiscal blueprint to slash the deficit by $4 trillion over the upcoming decade - a plan built on the bipartisan findings of President Obama's deficit commission.

  • Sen. Kent Conrad, North Dakota Democrat, is chairman of the Senate Budget Committee.

    Senate budget chief cool on Ryan plan

    The fate of the GOP House Budget plan that easily passed the chamber last week grows far murkier as budget talks proceed to the Senate, where the controlling Democrats have little enthusiasm for the bill's aim to cut government spending by almost $6 trillion during the next decade.

  • U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut independent, accompanied by his wife, Hadassah, addresses a gathering Wednesday in Stamford, Conn. He has announced that he will not seek a fifth term in 2012. (Associated Press)

    Lieberman's exit sparks Senate conjecture

    The retirement of independent Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman marks the third such announcement in recent days and has sparked widespread speculation on which other senators might also bow out in the face of tough 2012 re-elections bids.

  • Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman

    Conrad, Lieberman to forgo re-election; Lugar eyes 7th term

    Republicans may have two prime pickup opportunities in the 2012 struggle for control of the Senate after Kent Conrad announced he will not seek re-election and Joe Lieberman scheduled a Wednesday press conference in Stamford, Conn., on his future.

  • Mark Zandi, of Moody's Analytics, has members of both parties reciting his financial forecasts on Capitol Hill. But he has his detractors, too. (Associated Press)

    Hill economist gets hosannas and hoots

    Mark Zandi, Moody's Analytics chief economist, has become an oracle of sorts on Capitol Hill, where members of both parties have recited his financial forecasts in an attempt to seize the high ground in battles over stimulus packages, deficit reduction plans and the tax cuts enacted during the George W. Bush administration.

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