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  • In this April 16, 2010, file photo Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, listens on Capitol Hill in Washington. On Friday, July 2, Mr. Hatch said he will vote against the confirmation of President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

    Hatch says he'll vote against Kagan's nomination

    Republican Sen. Orrin G. Hatch of Utah says he'll oppose Solicitor General Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court.


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Rep. Maxine Waters, California Democrat, lied on national TV when she said she didn't receive campaign cash from Fannie Mae, a Wall Street Journal columnist says.

    EDITORIAL: Welfare for reckless lenders

    When the Senate returns from the July 4 recess to begin the final debate on the 2,323-page financial regulation bill, it should drop the pretense that the bill's enactment would bring the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to an early end. The conference report terminates none of the unpopular bailout schemes. Instead, it serves as a showcase of the typical Washington budgetary shenanigans that end up fleecing taxpayers in the end.


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A military honor guard guides Sen. Robert C. Byrd's flag-draped casket through the Senate Reception Room after his body lay in repose in the Senate Chamber on Thursday. The West Virginia lawmaker was famous as the chief upholder of Senate rules and traditions. He was the longest-serving senator in U.S. history.

    Byrd lies in repose in U.S. Senate

    Sen. Robert C. Byrd made one final visit Thursday to the institution he served and loved for more than half a century, as his body lay in repose in the Senate chamber while lawmakers, friends and admirers paid their last respects.


  • The casket the of late Sen. Robert Byrd, West Virginia Democrat, is carried through the reception room into the Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday July 1, 2010, by a Military District of Washington honor guard. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)

    Byrd lies in repose in the Senate

    The Senate opened its doors for a final time Thursday for Robert C. Byrd, the West Virginian of humble origins who became a Senate fixture for nearly a quarter of the nation's history.


  • Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 30, 2010, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on her nomination. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    NRA comes out against Kagan

    The National Rifle Association on Thursday publicly opposed the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, telling senators their votes could impact whether the powerful gun rights' lobby endorses them for re-election.


  • Illustration: Kagan the Conqueror by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times (Note to Daily Kos, Media Matters, Raw Story, etc. this photograph has been altered)

    KUHNER: Kagan the conqueror

    The Republicans have failed - once again. The Senate confirmation hearings on Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court have been a farce. Republican senators refused to challenge thoroughly and aggressively Ms. Kagan's transnational, leftist agenda. Instead, they hardly laid a glove on her.


  • NRA fires at Kagan's high court nomination

    The National Rifle Association on Thursday announced it will oppose the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, telling senators their votes could affect whether the powerful gun rights' lobby endorses them for re-election.


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Rep. John Yarmuth, seen in November 2008, said he would vote against funding the surge because "there isn't a clearly defined mission."

    Paying for surge entangled in antiwar views, social goals

    With their ranks infused with antiwar sentiment, Democrats controlling the House were struggling Thursday for a way to finance President Obama's Afghanistan troop surge and also salvage their dwindling jobs agenda.


  •  In this June 15, 2010 file photo, U.S. Central Commander Gen. David Petraeus testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Armed Services Committee. The Senate unanimously confirmed Gen. Petraeus to succeed Gen. Stanley McChrystal as top war commander in Afghanistan on Wednesday, June 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

    Senate confirms Petraeus as Afghan war chief

    The Senate on Wednesday unanimously confirmed Gen. David Petraeus as the new commander of the Afghanistan war, and President Obama swiftly issued a statement saying Petraeus had his "full confidence."


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