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  • From left, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., and Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., take part in a news conference on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Senate OKs new debt limit, raised by $1.9T

    The all-Democrat vote will boost the U.S. government's borrowing power to a staggering $14.3 trillion, coming a day after Obama called on Congress to freeze much non-defense spending.

  • *** FILE *** In this Dec. 7, 2009, file photo Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is introduced before speaking at the The Economic Club of Washington. President Barack Obama phoned Senate allies Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, as two key senators, Chris Dodd of Conneciticut and Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, predicted that embattled Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will be confirmed for a second term. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

    Bernanke awaits Senate confirmation vote

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, a lightning rod for anger over Wall Street bailouts, is expected to overcome Senate opposition and win a second term as head of the nation's central bank.

  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi

    Dems vow to revive health-care bill

    Giving up on the health-care overhaul is not an option, the top House Democrat said Wednesday as lawmakers looked to President Obama for guidance in his State of the Union address on how to revive the stalled legislation.

  • BLANKLEY: To re-empower our states

    As I was preparing to write a column on the ludicrous maligning of the Tea Party movement by liberals, Democrats and the mainstream media (which I hope to write next week instead) I started thinking about one of the key objectives of the Tea Party people - the strict enforcement of the 10th Amendment ("The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.").

  • FAMILY BUSINESS: Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden will not run for his father's former Senate seat in Delaware. (Associated Press)

    Biden's son adds to Democrats' woes

    The political environment got worse for Democrats on Monday when Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s son said he'll pass on seeking his dad's former Senate seat in Delaware — the latest in a bad month for the struggling majority party.

  • Beau Biden (AP Photo)

    Biden's son won't run for Senate

    Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., announced Monday morning he will not run for the Senate seat his father used to hold, greatly increasing the odds that Republicans will capture the seat this fall.

  • FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2010, file photo House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, seen with House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., left, and House Education and Labor Chairman Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., right, speaks to media outside the West Wing of the White House. Several officials said Pelosi and other senior Democrats told Obama in recent meetings they want the legislation to strip the insurance industry of a longstanding exemption from federal antitrust laws, a provision that is in the House-passed measure, but was omitted from the Senate bill cleared before Christmas. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

    Pelosi: Senate health bill can't pass House

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she doesn't have the votes to pass the Senate's health reform bill as written and is not rushing to come up with an alternative.

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE This Jan. 19, 2010 file photo shows Massachusetts State Sen. Scott Brown, R-Wrentham, celebrating in Boston with daughter Arianna, left, wife Gail, second from left hugging daughter Ayla, after winning a special election held to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty,File)

    'Scott Brown' candidates rising up

    As Washington struggled to discern a meaning from Massachusetts' special election, candidates outside the Beltway said one message is clear: Outsider, grass-roots campaigns that tap voters' anger at Washington arrogance will win in 2010.

  • **FILE** Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican (The Washington Times)

    GOP: Obama's Afghan policies confusing

    Republican lawmakers just back from Afghanistan say the Obama administration's approach to the war has befuddled U.S. troops, leaving them "dangerously" preoccupied with worrying about captured enemy fighters' rights.

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