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  • Rep. Jack Kingston, Georgia Republican

    MILLER: No time for recess

    August recess is the sacrosanct break in the congressional schedule that allows members to spend time with their constituents and take a vacation - whether deserved or not. With the downgrade in the U.S. credit rating and the stock market in turmoil, some rank-and-file members think it makes sense to break with tradition and bring Congress back.

  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, has until Tuesday to make her three selections to fill out the 12-person supercommittee that must find $1.5 trillion in tax increases or budget cuts. (Associated Press)

    GOP picks 6 for deficit panel with tilt to spending cuts

    Republican leaders Wednesday tapped six lawmakers with strong spending-cuts credentials to represent the party on the deficit supercommittee tasked with recommending $1.5 trillion in tax increases or spending cuts, sending a signal that the committee will focus heavily on trimming government.

  • Republican Wisconsin state Sen. Alberta Darling celebrates with supporters at Shully's restaurant in Thiensville Tuesday after turning back a recall election challenge. Four Republican senators survived recall votes while two were defeated by Democrats. Turnout was strong, in some areas as heavy as in the last gubernatorial race. (Associated Press)

    GOP keeps Senate control in Wisconsin recall

    Union forces in Wisconsin and beyond were dealt a blow Tuesday night after Republicans held onto four of the six state Senate seats in recall races and kept majority control of the chamber.

  • ** 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.

  • Maryland state Sen. Allan H. Kittleman (The Washington Times)

    GOP's Kittleman all alone supporting gay marriage

    Maryland Sen. Allan H. Kittleman has spent seven years honing his reputation as a fiscal conservative and Republican leader in the General Assembly, but he made waves this year by standing apart from party colleagues on one of the state's most controversial social issues — same-sex marriage.

  • Dmitry Rogozin, Russia's ambassador to NATO, speaks during a news conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels. The blunt-spoken ambassador, laid out Russia's position: While the U.S. still has nuclear weapons abroad, "We have already withdrawn all the tactical nuclear weapons of Russia back home," from the territories of former East European allies and ex-Soviet republics. (Associated Press)

    COHEN: Russian 'reset' malfunction

    The recent Russian threats to cease crucial cooperation with the United States and statements by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Rogozin, Russia's special representative for missile defense cooperation with NATO, raised hackles in Washington. Mr. Putin called the United States a "parasite" on the body of the global economy, while Mr. Rogozin claimed that U.S. senators told him U.S. missile defense is aimed at his country.

  • **FILE** House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican (Associated Press)

    Senators seek help on aviation funding

    A group of Senate Democrats has urged House Speaker John A. Boehner to begin negotiations on a long-term aviation funding package well ahead of a mid-September deadline in order to avoid another disruption of airport projects.

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