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Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (left) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry share a moment on stage at the Republican Governors Association meeting Wednesday in San Diego. Mr. Barbour is the outgoing chairman of the association and Mr. Perry is the incoming chairman.

    GOP governors keep voter wants in mind

    Republican governors are a bit edgy about their party's future despite having redone the electoral map in red on Nov. 2.

  • President Barack Obama about the New START pact (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty), Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington. Seated from left are: former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, Vice President Joe Biden, Obama, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman Marine Gen. James Cartwright, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft, and former Defense Secretary William Perry. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    U.S.-Russian 'reset' in trouble as nuke pact stalls

    Is the reset on the rocks? Rumblings in Washington by the resurgent Republican Party against Senate ratification of the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty raise doubts about a fragile U.S.-Russian rapprochement — the "reset" that has been a centerpiece of President Obama's diplomacy.

  • ** FILE ** A group supporting Arizona's immigration law, which opponents say fuels a climate of racism, shout at a coalition of immigrant groups and their supporters calling for a full repeal of the law on Thursday, July 29, 2010, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    STEIN: No lame-duck DREAM Act

    Normally, when someone has been fired from a job, he or she is required to pack up all belongings and vacate the premises by the end of the day. That person is no longer accountable and may no longer act in the best interests of the employer.

  • Deal reached to postpone doctors' Medicare cut

    The Senate late Thursday voted to postpone a massive cut in Medicare pay for doctors, agreeing to pay doctors at current levels through Dec. 31.

  • Political Scene

    Millions of jobless Americans could see unemployment benefits run out in coming weeks after an effort to extend them failed in the House on Thursday.

  • ** FILE ** Sen. Joseph Lieberman. (Associated Press)

    Democrats call for vote on gays in military

    Sen. Joseph Lieberman said party leaders are the last remaining obstacles to a vote that would likely lead to the repeal the policy barring open gays from serving in the military.

  • President Obama speaks in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, where he dropped by a meeting on the the New START pact (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty). From left are, former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Mr. Obama. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Obama calls ratifying START treaty U.S. imperative

    President Obama sternly proclaimed ratification of the U.S.-Russia nuclear arms treaty "a national security imperative" Thursday, saying the Senate must act before Congress goes home for the year.

  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican

    McConnell blasts Obama handling of terror trial

    The Senate's top Republican Thursday sharply attacked the Obama administration's handling of the trial against Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Ghailani, a day after a New York City jury acquitted the Tanzanian native of all but one of some 280-plus charges related to the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Asia.

  • President Obama talks about progress on the New START pact. On hand are former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (center), and Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman Marine Gen. James Cartwright (right). (Associated Press)

    Intel: No arms treaty means U.S. may divert satellites to cover Russia

    In the absence of a U.S.-Russian arms control treaty, the U.S. intelligence community is telling Congress it will need to focus more spy satellites over Russia that could be used to peer on other sites, such as Iraq and Afghanistan, to support the military.

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