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  • Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, viewed as a key Senate arms-control specialist, is opposed to a hasty Senate vote on the New START treaty with Russia. (Associated Press)

    Senate GOP divided on treaty vote during lame-duck session

    Senate Republicans are at odds over whether to postpone a vote on ratification of the New START arms treaty, or bow to White House pressure and vote by the end of the year.

  • ** FILE ** Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, a Republican, filed the lawsuit to strike down the federal health-care law in defense of a new state law that prohibits the government from forcing state residents to buy health insurance. (The Washington Times)

    Dems' sales pitch derails health-care law

    When Congress was writing the health-care bill, lawmakers insisted the individual mandate that consumers buy insurance was backed up by a penalty, not a tax. On Monday, that decision came back to bite them.

  • Sen. Max Baucus, Montana Democrat (left), talks Monday with Sen. Sherrod Brown, Ohio Democrat, before going to vote on a procedural motion on the tax cut legislation on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

    Tax-cut deal clears big hurdle in Senate

    In an overwhelming bipartisan vote the Senate on Monday cleared a path for the tax-cut deal President Obama struck with Republicans last week, with even former staunch opponents of the Bush-era tax cuts voting for their extension.

  • ** 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.

  • **FILE** President Obama speaks at a news conference in Washington. (Associated Press)

    Obama, GOP wrote deal in red ink

    Republicans wanted more tax cuts. Democrats wanted more spending. They got both in the tax-cut deal President Obama struck with the GOP, and it's the federal budget that will take the hit.

  • ** FILE ** Senior White House adviser David Axelrod speaks during a television interview in the press briefing room at the White House in Washington on Friday, May 29, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Obama adviser predicts passage of tax-cut bill

    A senior White House adviser predicted Sunday that President Obama's tax-cut deal with Republicans will pass by year's end, and a Democratic leader said the House won't "hold this up" despite anger over some parts.

  • 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 ** 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.

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