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  • ** FILE ** Maryland Delegate Patrick L. McDonough. (The Washington Times)

    Maryland Delegate McDonough to run for Congress

    Maryland Delegate Pat L. McDonough, a Baltimore County Republican who helped lead a successful petition drive against the state's Dream Act, announced Thursday he will run for Congress or Senate next year.

  • House Speaker John A. Boehner discusses the debt bill on Capitol Hill on Thursday. House Republicans' plan would cut future spending by $915 billion while instantly raising the government's borrowing authority by $900 billion. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

    House doesn't vote on GOP debt bill

    Lacking enough support to pass their debt-limit bill, House Republican leaders postponed a scheduled vote Thursday and were working feverishly behind closed doors to try to round up votes, though the delay further complicates matters as all sides struggle to beat an Aug. 2 deadline.

  • Rep. John Garamendi, California Democrat (left) talks with Del. Donna Christensen, Virgin Islands Democrat, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, July 28, 2011. (AP Photo File/Harry Hamburg)

    Unions, left rally for hiking taxes on rich

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has long abandoned hopes of including any tax increases in ongoing debt-ceiling negotiations, but that didn't stop labor unions and left-leaning groups from calling for a final plan that raises taxes on the wealthy and doesn't cut any entitlement programs.

  • **FILE** President Obama (Associated Press)

    Obama on the outside looking in at Capitol Hill debt debate

    After House Speaker John A. Boehner cut him out of debt talks last week, President Obama has found himself relegated to an outside role, using his considerable public image to try to frame the debate going on 16 blocks down Pennsylvania Avenue.

  • After unprecedented delay, justice for Va court

    The House and Senate return in special session Friday to fill two vacancies on the seven-member state Supreme Court, including the first black woman ever to sit on the state's highest court.

  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada speaks with reporters about the conflicting plans to deal with the debt crisis, Tuesday, July 26, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    CBO: Democrats' debt bill tops GOP's in spending cuts

    The Senate Democratic debt-limit bill would cut future spending by $2.2 trillion over 10 years — much deeper than the House GOP alternative, according to figures Congress' chief scorekeeper released early Wednesday.

  • **FILE** Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan Republican (Associated Press)

    Camp: Debt fight holding up big trade deals

    The House Republican point man on taxes and trade said Wednesday it is unlikely that three long-stalled free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama will be passed anytime soon, because the same lawmakers that are pushing the pacts are preoccupied with the fight over raising the federal debt limit.

  • Led by Freshman Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., speaking at right, Freshmen GOP lawmakers voice their support for the House debt bill, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C., Thursday, July 28, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

    GOP scrubs bill for $65 billion in new cuts

    After finding $65 billion in new spending cuts Wednesday, House Republican leaders braced for a floor showdown Thursday on their bill to raise the government's borrowing limit by $900 billion while cutting even more than that from future spending.

  • Inside Politics

    The Senate has voted unanimously to extend the term of FBI Director Robert Mueller, who took over the agency just days before the Sept. 11 attacks.

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