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    Inouye’s death ends Senate’s 50-year club

    Sen. Daniel K. Inouye's death last week ended the more than 50-year reign of the Senate "lions" — a select group of iconic, long-serving members whose presence connected the chamber to some of the most important events of the past half-century.

  • Former President George W. Bush (AP photo)

    Democrats recall Bush more than GOP did

    While Republicans rarely brought up former President George W. Bush at their convention last week, Democrats gleefully have paraded him through theirs, saying he left President Obama a mess he's still working to clean up.

  • ** FILE ** Rep. Charlie Rangel, New York Democrat (Associated Press)

    Small office has big job as monitor of ethics in the House

    To many Washington outsiders, congressional ethics is an oxymoron or fodder for late-night comedians, but watchdogs and longtime Washington observers point to one hopeful sign — an office they believe is helping members take ethics rules more seriously.

  • ** FILE ** In this Nov. 22, 2011 file photo, President Barack Obama gestures while speaking at Central High School in Manchester, N.H. The failure of Congress' supercommittee adds a new dimension to the 2012 political contests by drawing political battle lines around broad tax increases and massive spending cuts that are now scheduled to begin automatically in 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

    Obama steers clear of deficit panel failure

    President Obama has distanced himself from the congressional supercommittee — politically and geographically — in a strategy aimed at avoiding political risk rather than putting his leadership on the line for a long-shot deal, analysts say.

  • The North Carolina congressional district of Rep. Heath Shuler, a Democrat, is viewed as being on the "chopping block" as redistricting takes hold. (Associated Press)

    GOP scores early gains as redistricting plans emerge

    Republicans stand to be the political winners coming out of the 2010 national census, as congressional redistricting will likely make the "average" lawmakers slightly more conservative while cementing GOP control of the House of Representatives, a panel of electoral experts predicted Monday.

  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Mr. McConnell said President Obama failed to explain what is the "desired outcome" of the mission in Libya in his nationally televised address the night before. (Associated Press)

    Senators' deal helps clear logjam for judiciary

    Three months after Senate leaders reached a gentlemen's agreement aimed in part at clearing a backlog of judicial nominations, the chamber is on pace to confirm more nominees in 2011 than in several years.

  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talks on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, about his legislative agenda in his office at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis. (Associated Press)

    Social issues top GOP state agendas

    Newly minted Republican lawmakers who stormed state legislatures with vows of fixing the economy and controlling spending also are tackling social issues, such as gun laws and immigration, with minimal Democratic resistance.

  • Like it or loathe it, 111th Congress has been prolific

    The public panned it. Republicans obstructed it. Many Democrats fled from it. Even so, the session of Congress now drawing to a close was the most productive in nearly a half-century.

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