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  • Sen. Claire McCaskill and her husband agreed Monday to pay more than $287,000 in overdue property taxes on a private airplane she used for official business. She had used the aircraft for a political trip. "Millionaire Claire McCaskill wants to simply write yet another big check and hope people won't ask any more questions," said Republican Party official Rob Jesmer. (Associated Press)

    McCaskill hits more political turbulence

    Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill was a top target of Republicans in 2012 even before a messy scandal expanded this week over her use of a private airplane.


  • Goodwin Liu, 39, is President Obama's nominee for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. (Associated Press)

    EDITORIAL: Obama's injudicious nominees

    President Obama's push to stack the federal bench with left-wing ideologues is picking up steam. A questionable candidate approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee last month now faces a final confirmation vote in the full Senate. Susan L. Carney was tapped for a spot on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, despite having little courtroom experience.


  • Comey

    2 ex-Bush hands considered for director of the FBI

    Two officials who worked for President George W. Bush, including one who threatened to resign to block legally questionable terror-surveillance programs, may soon be President Obama's choice to head the FBI, according to people familiar with the search.


  • Illustration: Suzan Johnson Cook

    CHOWNING: Confirm Cook as advocate for free worship

    A n important position within the United States State Department remains vacant 26 months into the administration of President Obama. The post of ambassador at large for international reli-


  • Wisconson Secretary of State Douglas La Follette, right, confers with assistant attorneys general Maria Lazar, foreground, and Steven Kilpatrick, center, after a judge issued a temporary restraining order Friday, March 18, 2011, barring the publication of a controversial new law that would sharply curtail collective bargaining for public employees during a hearing in Dane County Court in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Pool, Mark Hoffman)

    Judge blocks contentious Wisconsin union law

    A Wisconsin judge issued a temporary restraining order Friday blocking the state's new and contentious collective bargaining law from taking effect, raising the possibility that the Legislature may have to vote again to pass the bill.


  • House votes to cut off federal funds for NPR

    The House on Thursday voted to end federal funding to National Public Radio. Republican supporters said it made good fiscal sense, and Democratic opponents called it an ideological attack that would deprive local stations of access to programs such as "Car Talk" and "All Things Considered."


  • House votes to cut off federal funds for NPR

    The House on Thursday voted to end federal funding to National Public Radio. Republican supporters said it made good fiscal sense, and Democratic opponents called it an ideological attack that would deprive local stations of access to programs such as "Car Talk" and "All Things Considered."


  • **FILE** Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, Hawaii Democrat (Associated Press)

    Congress passes second bill to avert shutdown

    Congress on Thursday pushed a government shutdown back another three weeks then approved taking a vacation next week, leaving the hard work of striking a long-term deal for another day.


  • House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    House votes to strip funding for NPR

    The Republican-dominated House on Thursday voted to block taxpayer funding for National Public Radio programming, dealing another blow to the broadcasting network that already is reeling from a yearlong series of missteps.


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