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  • President Obama delivers remarks on the economy in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, July 23, 2010.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Obama praises wins, says businesses need help

    President Obama on Friday proclaimed a week of "enormous progress" in fixing economic problems and cracking down on Wall Street, prodding the Senate to do even more by passing tax credits for small businesses.

  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (center), discusses global warming on Capitol Hill after Senate Democrats abandoned plans to pass an energy bill. Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, and White House energy adviser Carol Browner look on. (Associated Press)

    Senate Democrats abandon climate measure

    Senate Democrats on Thursday admitted defeat in their drive to pass an ambitious global-warming bill this year that caps greenhouse gases, abandoning a priority of President Obama's.

Tribal police officers (above) raid a home for drugs last month in the Oneida Indian Nation in a joint operation with Wisconsin state authorities. The Wisconsin Justice Department has quietly coaxed tribes to band together against rising crime on reservations. An Oneida police officer (below) arrests a suspect on drug charges.

    NOLAN: Reform means fairness

    The House of Representatives may have an opportunity to address the unfairness of the current 100-to-1 disparity between crack- and powder-cocaine sentencing. I hope the House joins the Senate in passing S. 1789, which would dramatically reduce the disparity in punishments between crack- and powder-cocaine offenses.

  • Associated Press
Industrialist John Raese, seen here in April 2006 in a prior bid for office, is again seeking a Senate seat in West Virginia.

    Hopefuls flock to Byrd-seat primary

    A crowded field of 10 Republicans filed paperwork Thursday to challenge West Virginia's popular Democratic governor in November for the Senate seat long held by the now-deceased Robert C. Byrd, a day after the GOP's top prospect passed on the race.

Former Ilinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich acknowledges reporters and onlookers as he leaves the federal court building in Chicago after telling the judge in his corruption trial he will not testify.

    Blagojevich decides against testifying

    Rod R. Blagojevich stood up in court Wednesday and told the judge the opposite of what he has been saying for months.

  • Political Scene

    A fiscally conservative Democrat who chairs the Senate Budget Committee said he supports extending all of the tax cuts that expire this year, including for wealthier people

  • President Obama gives credit to two Democrats, Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, and Rep. Barney Frank (hand raised), after signing the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act on Wednesday. The two lawmakers chair key finance committees. At left is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. (Associated Press)

    Historic Wall Street reform signed

    President Obama and congressional Democrats on Wednesday marked another major legislative milestone as he signed into law a sweeping overhaul of the nation's financial regulatory system.

  • Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich poses for a picture with Mohammed Ahmed of Wood Dale, Ill., upon his arrival at the Federal Court building, Wednesday, July 21, 2010, in Chicago. The impeached governor's attorneys dropped a bombshell at the end of the day Tuesday when they said they could rest their case without calling a single witness. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Blagojevich: 'It is my decision' not to testify

  • Rep. Shelley Moore Capito

    Capito will not seek Byrd's seat

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. | The top Republican prospect for the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd's seat said Wednesday she won't run, leaving the state's Democratic governor the clear favorite as his party looks to keep its Senate majority in November.

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