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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson gives an interview to The Associated Press at the agency's headquarters in Washington on Tuesday, April 17, 2012. (Associated Press)

Secret EPA email spurs further investigation

The House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter Thursday to the Environmental Protection Agency demanding to know whether Administrator Lisa Jackson used a secret email address to communicate within the agency.

**FILE** President Obama speaks to workers about the economy during a visit to Daimler Detroit Diesel in Redford, Mich., on Dec. 10, 2012. (Associated Press)

With 'fiscal cliff' talks in limbo, Obama lobbies on TV

While there are no negotiations scheduled with congressional leaders on the so-called "fiscal cliff," President Obama is conducting interviews Thursday with four television stations around the country to make his case for higher taxes on top earners.

** FILE ** Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Kansas Republican. (Associated Press)

Boehner: No voting 'scorecard' used on ousted lawmakers

House Speaker John A. Boehner told three Republican members who were recently removed from their committees that there was no voting "scorecard" used to determine their assignments, as has been alleged by the congressmen claiming they were booted for bucking leadership on key votes.

**FILE** Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, Hawaii Democrat (Associated Press)

Sen. Inouye hospitalized

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye has been hospitalized while doctors regulate his oxygen intake, said his office Monday.

Stephen Colbert

Comedian Colbert tops S.C. Senate poll

Stephen Colbert for Senate? If South Carolinians had their way, the political satirist, South Carolina native and host of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" would be the Palmetto State's next U.S. senator, a new poll shows.

**FILE** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, speaks Nov. 27, 2012, with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

'Hairy' Reid envy

A foggy Monday in Washington left Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in an introspective mood Monday, as he opened the chamber's week by praising retiring Sen. Ben Nelson's hair.