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    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates says he has no doubt that the nation's war strategy in Afghanistan is sound.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is "very strongly considering" a bid for mayor.

    Blagojevich looms large in Chicago mayor race

    Rod R. Blagojevich's name won't be on the ballot when Chicago votes for a new mayor early next year. But as Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. was reminded this week, the disgraced governor's shadow still could play a role in the race.

  • Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat

    Senate Democrats to revive campaign-finance bill

    Senate Democratic leaders vowed Wednesday to revive a failed bill that calls for strict disclosure requirements on political campaign donations for ads paid for by corporations, unions and other organizations.

  • President Barack Obama signs the New START treaty with Russian president Dmitry Medvedev at the Prague Castle in Prague Thursday, April 8, 2010. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    SCOWCROFT & GARN: Ratify New START now

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has just approved the new U.S.-Russian nuclear arms treaty (New START) and sent it to the Senate floor. We are writing to urge that the Senate move promptly to ratify it. The arguments that have been advanced in favor of the treaty are strong and compelling.

Joe Miller is seen in his Fairbanks, Alaska, law office on Thursday. Sen. Lisa Murkowski conceded the GOP primary to him in late August.

    GOP cash fills coffers of 'tea party' hopefuls

    Eager to present a unified front before the midterm elections, the GOP's congressional campaign committees say they are rallying their financial and political muscle behind "tea party" candidates who knocked off some of their hand-picked Republicans in the primaries.

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    Woodward book: Aides doubt Obama Afghan strategy

Sen. John McCain (center) leads a news conference on Capitol Hill on Tuesday prior to the Senate vote on the defense authorization bill. From left: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Lamar Alexander, Sen. John Cornyn, Sen. John Thune and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl.

    Republicans block moves on gays, immigration

    Congressional Democrats' last-ditch, pre-election effort to pass gay rights and immigration legislation fell victim to a Republican-led filibuster Tuesday, dealing a setback to those trying to lift the ban on openly gay troops serving in the U.S. military.

  • Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican, planned to vote against advancing the bill that would have repealed "don't ask, don't tell" unless Democrats agreed to extend debate so that her colleagues could weigh in on other issues. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Senate GOP blocks bill to lift military gay ban

    Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked an effort to repeal the law banning gays from serving openly in the military.

  • Recording artist Lady Gaga speaks at a rally in support of repealing the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gay service members, in Portland, Maine, on Monday, Sept. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)

    Military gay ban becomes election-year hot button

    It's John McCain versus Lady Gaga on Tuesday as the Senate takes up the emotional issue of repealing the ban on gays serving openly in the military.

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