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    Va.'s Webb won't seek second Senate term

    Virginia Sen. Jim Webb said Wednesday that he will not seek re-election, increasing the chances that Republicans will be able to take the seat back from Democrats in the 2012 election.

  • Illustration: Federal bloodsucker by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

    BACON: Leeches of the world, unite!

    Successful parasites like leeches and tapeworms have evolved to live with their hosts, not kill them. The reason is obvious: Once the host perishes, the parasite loses its source of nutrition, and it dies, too. It is a lesson that the lobbyists, the special pleaders and the other bloodsuckers in Washington have yet to learn. Rather than work with Republicans to reduce spending and deficits, the Senate and the Obama administration are mobilizing to halt GOP-proposed budget cuts that would keep the federal government alive at least a few years longer.

  • Anwar al-Awlaki is hiding in Yemen under the protection of his tribe. The cleric, who communicated with Fort Hood shooting suspect Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, has denied he pressured the soldier to harm Americans. He also has been linked to would-be plane bombing suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. (Associated Press)

    EDITORIAL: Obama’s jihadist coverup

    A Senate investigation has found that the November 2009 Fort Hood massacre was predictable and avoidable, something that was obvious to anyone except members of the Obama administration. Worse, the White House still refuses to admit that a jihadist terror attack took place on the Army base.

  • ** FILE ** Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, with his wife, Patti, talks to members of the media in Chicago on Aug. 17, 2010, after a federal jury found him guilty of one count of lying to FBI agents. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

    Blagojevich claims conversation record 'missing'

    Attorneys for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich filed a pretrial motion Tuesday seeking what they claimed was missing evidence in the impeached politician's corruption trial, including records of a phone call between a Blagojevich aide and then White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

  • Travelers walk through the terminal at Washington's Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, as they holiday travel season began. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    National Airport limits debate pits East vs. West

    The Senate debate to ease decades-old restrictions on long-haul flights at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport has divided lawmakers along geographical lines instead of the usual party ones.

  • Sen. Ben Nelson, Nebraska Democrat, under Republican fire for supporting the health care initiative in 2009, now says he doesn't want to scrap the entire law but would consider tweaking it or even repealing some of its provisions. (AP Photo)

    GOP takes aim at 'Obama agenda' backers for 2012

    When Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat, voted last week to block a Republican attempt to repeal the 2010 health care law, his action on some levels was routine. The vote was straight along party lines, and the GOP effort was viewed largely as a symbolic gesture with little chance of success.

  • Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, is being targeted for defeat in the 2012 elections. The Republican Party is portraying her as a free spender and one of President Obama's most reliable allies. (Associated Press)

    Democrat McCaskill in tight spot

    Already a top target for Republicans in 2012, Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill has tried to walk a political tightrope in recent days that has instead served to alienate members of both parties.

  • ** FILE ** U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan is pictured at the Bell County Jail in Belton, Texas, in April 2010. (AP Photo/Bell County Sheriff's Department)

    Senate report on Fort Hood critical of FBI, Army

    A Senate report on the Fort Hood shooting is sharply critical of the FBI, saying that top leaders must exercise more control over local field offices that failed to recognize warning signs that suggested the shooter was a threat.

  • Republicans wary of EU code for space activity

    Republican opposition in the Senate could scuttle the Obama administration's plans to sign on to the European Union's Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities, an agreement that critics say could limit U.S. development and deployment of anti-satellite weapons.

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