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  • **ADVANCE FOR DEC. 9-10 ** FILE**Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-NC, speaks during an immigration hearing in Gastonia, N.C., Aug. 25, 2006. The 31-year-old McHenry represents a safe GOP district and is ready to become a leading voice of attack against the new Democratic leadership. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Territories snared in wage debate

    Just three years after a Democrat-led Congress imposed the federal minimum wage on two U.S. territories in the Pacific, lawmakers last month halted the program in its tracks, acknowledging the move had sapped thousands of jobs from American Samoa and the commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

  • Political Scene

    Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias describes himself as someone with the judgment and guts to make his own decisions, but he sometimes passes the buck on political liabilities.

  • HELP WANTED: President Obama greets supporters Sunday on his arrival in Cleveland, the first stop of the day in tandem campaigning with first lady Michelle Obama for Democratic candidates in Ohio, a key state for his party. (Associated Press)

    Obama campaign trail shuns hostile areas

    Two years after painting the electoral map blue and winning such conservative strongholds as Indiana and Virginia, President Obama has found his campaign travel efforts are confined mostly to the pre-Obama map that kept Democrats contained in the Northeast, Midwest and West Coast.

  • Activists dressed as polar bears stage a protest at the U.N. Climate Summit in Copenhagen on Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, on behalf of humans who are being hit hard by climate change. (AP Photo/Heribert Proepper)

    BEISNER: Renewable-energy standards are climate policy in disguise

    Just when you thought you were safe from economy-crushing climate legislation with the death of "cap-and-trade" in the Senate, a new threat looms. It's climate legislation in disguise: renewable-energy standards.

  • Political Scene

    A Republican production firm was behind a casting call that sought actors who looked like hicks to portray West Virginians in a U.S. Senate race ad, an e-mail released Thursday shows.

  • China warned that Congress may enact currency penalty

    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus warned a Beijing audience Thursday that the Senate is ready to move on legislation after the midterm elections that would penalize China for manipulating its currency to gain an advantage in trade.

  • Obama stumps to encourage blacks voters to go to the polls

    On the corner of Collington Road and Route 301 in this close-in Maryland suburb of Washington, a bright blue poster screams the Democratic Party's wishful thinking at passing cars: "We've got your back, President Obama."

SPEAKING HIS MIND: John Raese sounds off  on a variety of issues in West Virginia.

    Raese won't hide conservative views

    John Raese would have filibustered both of President Obama's Supreme Court nominees, not only opposes the minimum wage but thinks it may be unconstitutional, and won't say whether Social Security and Medicare are constitutional but allows that they are here to stay.

  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Wednesday that repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy would have "enormous consequences for our troops." (Associated Press)

    Military gay ban best left to Congress, Gates says

    The Obama administration distanced itself Wednesday from a federal judge's injunction banning enforcement of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military, with officials saying that the policy should be properly addressed by Congress and not the courts.

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