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  • 'PUSHED' FAR ENOUGH: Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, said further domestic spending cuts would put "more kids out of school." (Associated Press)

    $6 billion budget cut: A 'limit' for Democrats, a nick for Republicans

    A top Senate Democrat said Sunday that the $6 billion in additional spending cuts that his party offered is the limit Democrats can accept — drawing a line well short of Republicans' goal with less than two weeks to go before a government shutdown if the two sides can't agree.

  • ** FILE ** Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pa., is seen during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this Feb. 3, 2011, file photo. The Senate passed a resolution this week urging an international probe into war crimes allegations. Casey, who introduced the Senate resolution, said that a "state of denial" exists in the Sri Lankan government that is "not helpful" in achieving accountability for the bloodshed. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    U.S. ups pressure on Sri Lanka over slain civilians

    The United States is increasing pressure on Sri Lanka to investigate the deaths of thousands of civilians at the end of its civil war. Human rights groups contend a Sri Lankan government commission has demonstrated no intent of doing it.

  • Protesters celebrate inside of the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Thursday, March 3, 2011, after a judge ordered the Department of Administration to open the Capitol to normal business hours starting Monday, March 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

    Wis. governor warns of layoffs, talks to Democrats

    Thousands of Wisconsin state workers were bracing for layoff notices Friday as Republican Gov. Scott Walker and absent Democrats remained in a standoff over a budget balancing bill that would also strip public workers of their collective bargaining rights.

  • Harry Reid

    Senate Democrats offer $6 billion in spending cuts

    Senate Democrats introduced a bill Friday calling for an additional $6 billion in spending cuts this year, putting meat to the bones of President Obama's opening offer this week to come to the table and negotiate with House Republicans.

  • Rep. Dan Lungren, California Republican

    House moves to end unpopular new business tax rule

    An unpopular tax-filing requirement for businesses that was included in the new health care law would be repealed under a bill headed for a vote in the House on Thursday.

  • A man drinks coffee outside of the state Capitol on Thursday in Madison, Wis., as campers wake up after spending the night. Demonstrators are in their 16th day of protests. (Associated Press)

    GOP targets missing Wisconsin Democrats

    Wisconsin's Senate Republicans voted Thursday to find their AWOL Democratic colleagues guilty of contempt and disorderly conduct, and order police to bring them back to work by force, if the missing senators did not return by late afternoon.

  • Political Scene

    A federal judge who declared President Obama's health care overhaul unconstitutional ruled Thursday that states must continue implementing it while the case makes its way through the appeals process.

  • White House antes up $6 billion in cuts

    The White House offered its ante in the great spending-cuts debate, saying Thursday it's willing to cut at least another $6 billion in spending this year — which stacks up against House Republicans' $57 billion in cuts.

  • **FILE** Sen. Daniel K. Akaka, Hawaii Democrat (Bloomberg News)

    Akaka retirement opens door for GOP

    The retirement of four-term Sen. Daniel K. Akaka is likely to force Democrats, already facing a slew of tough races next year, to gear up for another battle in a state where they haven't lost a Senate race in more than 30 years — deep-blue Hawaii.

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