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  • 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.



  • ** FILE ** In this April 1, 2011, file photo, David Buerger, an elections specialist with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, inspects recall petitions filed against Sen. Dan Kapanke, R-LaCrosse, in his Madison, Wis., office. Tuesday's election targeting Buerger and five other Republicans could swing majority control of the state Senate to the Democrats, giving them the power to block the GOP agenda. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart, File)

    Recall elections to determine Wis. Senate control

    Wisconsin Democrats, fueled by millions of dollars in spending by national unions and other outside groups, are hoping to wrest control of the state Senate away from Republicans through six recall elections Tuesday that stemmed from anger over Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining proposal.


  • **FILE** Rep. Jeff Landry (left), Louisiana Republican, talks with an aide outside of the Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill on July 29, 2011. (Associated Press)

    House GOP prevents recess appointments

    To C-SPAN viewers, Tuesday's House session opened just like any other. But expand the camera angle a bit, and the scene is anything but business as usual.


  • 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blunt-spoken ambassador, laid out Russia's position: While the U.S. still has nuclear weapons abroad, "We have already withdrawn all the tactical nuclear weapons of Russia back home," from the territories of former East European allies and ex-Soviet republics.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.


  • Illustration: FAA by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    KEENE: Debt spin more powerful than debt reality

    Just about everyone who lives and works in Washington knows it is all about spin. Substance matters to a few serious-minded wonks in Congress and perhaps even in the White House, but they are outnumbered by those who realize that in politics, perception almost always trumps reality. This knowledge has Democrats telling everyone they can find that the Standard & Poor's decision to downgrade the nation's bond rating is directly traceable to the presence and outlandish extremism of Tea Party Republicans.


  • ** FILE ** In this April 1, 2011 file photo, David Buerger, an elections specialist with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, inspects recall petitions filed against Sen. Dan Kapanke, LaCrosse Republican. Tuesday's election targeting Kapanke and five other Republicans could swing majority control of the state Senate to the Democrats, giving them the power to block the GOP agenda. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart, File)

    6 Republican senators face recall in Wisconsin

    Six Wisconsin senators fought Tuesday to keep their jobs in a recall election, trying to beat back Democratic challengers who stoked a political backlash against Republican Gov. Scott Walker for his efforts to strip public employees of most union rights.


  • ** 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.


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