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  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, talks to the media Tuesday on Capitol Hill after a Republican policy luncheon as Sen. John Barrasso, Wyoming Republican, looks on at left. (Associated Press)

    House passes bill to cut federal spending

    The House passed emergency short-term legislation Tuesday to cut federal spending by $4 billion and avert a government shutdown.

  • Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat (Associated Press)

    1961 file says Ted Kennedy rented Chile brothel

    An FBI file contends that a young Edward M. Kennedy arranged to rent a brothel for a night while visiting Chile in 1961, a year before he was elected to the Senate.

  • Illustration: Spending cuts by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    ISSA: Harry Reid and Obama plot government shutdown

    If Congress can pass the two-week measure now proposed by House Speaker John Boehner, the federal government will not shut down when current funding runs out on March 4. The time will allow bicameral negotiations for a longer-term funding resolution to proceed, but not if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, continues to block the kind of deep spending cuts that the American people voted for last November.

  • The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office building in Alexandria, Va., has a contemporary look, but Senators trying to update the patent system say it's stuck in the 1950s and needs to catch up with 21st-century technology. A bipartisan bill to reform the system is headed for Senate debate. (Associated Press)

    Patent reform pending in Senate debate

    The nation's patent system hasn't changed much since 1952, when Sony was coming out with the first pocket-sized transistor radio and bar codes and Mr. Potato Head were among the inventions patented. Now, after years of trying, Congress may be about to do something about that.

  • "Honestly, I think this two-week business is not the way to go. I think there should be a longer-term agreement, hopefully through the end of the year," said Sen. Kent Conrad, North Dakota Democrat. (Associated Press)

    Short-term spending measure likely to be passed

    Congress is nearing passage of a short-term spending bill to keep the government from shutting down at the end of this week, but the deal does little to resolve the long-term fight over spending for the rest of 2011 and beyond.

  • Tea party activists vow to hold GOP feet to fire

    Antsy for results, tea party supporters gathered for a weekend strategy summit say they're intent on making sure the Republicans they helped return to power last fall live up to promises to dramatically change course in Washington.

  • Sam Gehler talks to police at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011., on his way to deliver about 10,000 petitions in opposition of the governor's proposed budget. Opponents to the governor's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers are in their 10th day of protests. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

    Wis. Assembly passes bill taking away union rights

    Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly took the first significant action on their plan to strip collective bargaining rights from most public workers, abruptly passing the measure early Friday morning before sleep-deprived Democrats realized what was happening.

  • FILE - In this Dec. 21, 1995, file photo Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, dumps out coal, his so-called Christmas gift to President Clinton, during a news conference on the federal budget on Capitol Hill. The White House and Congressional Republicans tried to restart balanced budget talks after the sixth day of a partial government shutdown. Then, as now in 2011, a Democratic president clashed over spending priorities with a recently installed Republican House majority. (AP Photo/Denis Paquin, File)

    Government shutdown solution appears near

    Congress appeared to be closing in Friday on a short-term spending bill to prevent a government shutdown next week, with House Republicans proposing a two-week extension that would cut $4 billion from last year's spending levels.

  • Shutdown skedaddle: Congress deserted as deadline looms

    With the clock ticking to a March 4 government shutdown, you might imagine the Capitol would be buzzing with lawmakers seeking to cut deals, make impassioned speeches and do everything they could to strike a deal on spending. You'd be wrong.

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