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  • Democrats key for passage of spending bill

    Facing a rebellion among their conservative members, House Republicans had to turn to Democrats on Tuesday to pass a short-term spending bill that will delay a government shutdown by three weeks.

  • Political Scene

    Potential presidential candidate Newt Gingrich quietly lined up $150,000 to help defeat Iowa justices who threw out a ban on same-sex marriage, routing the money to conservative groups through an aide's political committee.

  • **FILE** House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, puts up a chart on Feb. 14 while delivering the GOP response to President Obama's budget submission for fiscal 2012 on Capitol Hill. The nation faces a possible government shutdown if Democrats and Republicans have not agreed by March 4 on an extension for funding the federal government. (Associated Press)

    LAMBRO: No quiters in game of budgetary chicken

    Getting a law passed in Congress is a very difficult thing to do because our Founding Fathers designed it that way, fearing that bad legislation would rob the people of their rights and freedoms.

  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, gives two thumbs up while addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Obama pressed on trade pacts

    The Obama administration is under growing pressure from both parties on Capitol Hill to wrap up work on a package of long-delayed, Bush-era trade pacts, with lawmakers saying the United States continues to lose market share to China, Canada and others without the deals.

  • MAKING CUTS: "There is a growing group of resisters in the House saying, 'I'm not going to bite this every two weeks,'" said Rep. Steve King. (Associated Press)

    Cutting budget tougher as fiscal year's funds dwindle

    Republicans are finding that the logistics of cutting spending becomes trickier as the fiscal year winds down and more money gets spent.

  • Obama urged to tap strategic oil reserves

    Amid concerns that rising gas prices could derail the economic recovery, Democrats are calling on President Obama to tap the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

  • **FILE** Supporters of gay marriage rally Friday, March 11, 2011, in Annapolis, Md., before a vote by the Maryland House of Delegates on whether to give same-sex couples in Maryland the same marriage rights as heterosexuals. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

    Same-sex marriage bill ends in Maryland assembly

    The Maryland General Assembly effectively killed a same-sex marriage bill Friday when House leaders, unsure whether they had enough support to pass a final vote, returned the legislation to the chamber's Judiciary Committee.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Seeking responsible government

    Tea Party conservatives like Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul are often vilified as lunatics, conspiracy theorists, ignoramuses and worse. In "The Tea Party Goes to Washington," Mr. Paul - with the help of columnist and radio host Jack Hunter - counters this hateful caricature with a book that is fact-filled, economically literate and frequently charming.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Only Democrats allowed to stymie bills

    Wisconsin Democrat Bob Jauch recently said Republicans "chose to ram this bill [revising public employees' bargaining power] through. ..." ("Wisconsin Senate OKs anti-union measure," Politics, Thursday). Yet, when the Democrats in Congress did this, Republicans didn't flee Capitol Hill.

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