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McConnell optimistic on budget deal

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said Sunday the impasse over federal spending between the two major political parties is an "opportunity," not a crisis.

Wisc. Democratic Sen. Kohl calls it quits

Four-term Sen. Herb Kohl said Friday he will not seek re-election next year, leaving his Wisconsin seat wide open and giving Democrats yet another spot they'll have to defend in order to hold onto the upper chamber.

Heller sworn in as senator

Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada was sworn into office Monday afternoon, replacing fellow Republican John Ensign, who resigned last week amid an ongoing ethics investigation.

House members want U.S. out of Afghanistan

A bipartisan group of House members has urged President Obama to end the war in Afghanistan, saying the U.S. should "recalibrate" its anti-terrorism policy in the wake of the successful special forces raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Boehner tabs Oregon priest to be next House chaplain

House Speaker John A. Boehner announced Friday he will nominate the Rev. Patrick J. Conroy to serve as the chamber's 60th chaplain. Father Conroy, a Catholic priest of the Jesuit order, would succeed the Rev. Daniel P. Coughlin, who retired last month after more than 11 years of service.