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  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, poses in his office on Capitol Hill on Thursday. The midterm elections, which gave the GOP more seats in the Senate, strengthened Mr. McConnell's hand in dealing with the president. (Associated Press)

    McConnell a poker-faced pragmatist

    Nearly 200 cartoons hang on Sen. Mitch McConnell's office wall, each lampooning him for backing big-money politics, vexing his foes and getting slammed through a basketball hoop by an airborne President Obama.

  • ** FILE ** Senior White House adviser David Axelrod

    Axelrod optimistic about fate of nuke treaty

    Senior White House adviser David Axelrod said Sunday that he thinks the Senate will vote on a nuclear treaty with Russia before the end of the year and that there is support to ratify the arms pact.

  • Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat (The Washington Times)

    House Democrats falling in line on tax-cut deal, Van Hollen says

    Congressional Democrats' resistance to the tax-cut deal President Obama struck with congressional Republicans weakened Sunday, as leaders in both chambers said a vote likely would happen this week and a key House leadership member said his caucus would not torpedo the bill.

  • A security officer checks Joe Miller as he enters the Dimond Courthouse in Juneau, Alaska, on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, for his court case against the State of Alaska in the U.S. Senate race with Sen. Lisa Murkowski. (AP Photo/The Juneau Empire, Michael Penn)

    Judge rules against Miller in Alaska Senate race

    A judge on Friday ruled against Republican Joe Miller's lawsuit challenging how Alaska counted write-in votes for rival Lisa Murkowski in their Senate race, delivering another setback to the tea party-backed candidate in his longshot legal fight.

  • ** FILE ** President Barack Obama talks briefly about taxes and his meeting the day before with Republican and Democratic Congressional leaders on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, in the Oval Office at the White in Washington. The president was in a meeting with former Secretary of State Colin Powell, not shown. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Obama predicts tax bill passage, possible changes

    President Barack Obama is predicting congressional approval of the tax-cutting compromise he has reached with Republican leaders, but he's not ruling out that unhappy Democrats will make some changes in the mammoth legislation.

  • Illustration: Rainbow gavel by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    KNIGHT: Ruling elites wage war on morality

    As the nation lurches back toward well-founded suspicion of big government, the ruling elites are putting the pedal to the metal against the moral foundations.

  • President Barack Obama looks on as former President Bill Clinton speaks in the briefing room of the White House in Washington on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    With Obama, Clinton urges Dems to back tax deal

    Bill Clinton implored Democrats to back the tax-cut deal that President Barack Obama negotiated with Republicans as the former president made a surprise appearance with Obama in the White House briefing room Friday — and later took over the podium.

  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, speaks Wednesday during a news conference on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

    Senate vote eyed for tax-cut deal

    The lame-duck Congress careened Thursday toward a conclusion after lawmakers cleared the nice-but-not-essential bills out of the way and settled down to the serious work on the must-pass tax-cut legislation.

  • Sen. Joe Lieberman and Sen. Susan Collins appear at a news conference after the defeat of a cloture motion of the Defense Authorization Bill containing repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" provision on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

    GOP stops attempt to overturn 'don't ask'

    Republicans effectively ended the Democrats' last chance to overturn the military's ban on gay troops Thursday in a procedural vote that likely puts the issue beyond Congress' reach for the foreseeable future.

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