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RESOLUTE: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell puts Democrats on notice Thursday that Republicans in the Senate will keep trying to repeal the Obama health care law. (Associated Press)

New split on Hill resets old divides

So much for cooperation. Two days after voters split control of Congress, Republicans and Democrats already were fighting over the direction they'll take when they come back to Washington. Published November 4, 2010

McConnell: Obama must 'move in our direction'

The Senate Republican leader said Thursday his party can't "reverse the damage Democrats have done" as long as President Obama still holds the veto, but said if the president wants to get anything done over the next two years he will have "to move in our direction." Published November 4, 2010

376 years of Democratic experience tossed

Neither rookies nor seasoned veterans were spared in Tuesday's House Democratic bloodbath, which saw Republicans defeat three major committee chairmen and at least seven lawmakers who had 20 years' seniority or more in Congress. Published November 3, 2010

Democrats lose centuries of seniority in House

Neither rookies nor seasoned veterans were spared in Tuesday's House Democratic bloodbath, which saw Republicans defeat three major committee chairmen and at least seven lawmakers who claimed 20 years' seniority or more in Congress. Published November 3, 2010

House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio celebrates Tuesday during an election night gathering hosted by the National Republican Congressional Committee at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Washington. The GOP's victory changes the balance of power in Congress and will likely elevate Boehner to speaker of the House. (Associated Press)

'Humbled' Boehner pledges drive to curb spending

The man likely to lead House Republicans when they take control of Congress next year said Wednesday that his party is "humbled" by winning the 60-plus seats that have delivered the chamber to the GOP, and said the House's first order of business under Republican control will be to reduce spending. Published November 3, 2010

'Tea party' helps Rubio break Beltway

If the "tea party" is the story of 2010, then Marco Rubio's rise from anti-establishment challenger to senator-elect is the story of the insurgent movement itself. Published November 2, 2010

U.S. Rep. John Boehner, Ohio Republican, waves as he arrives at his voting location, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in West Chester, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

Independents desert Democrats

Independent voters who powered President Obama to victory in 2008 have deserted his party this year, all but guaranteeing that Republicans will win control of the House in Tuesday's elections, though analysts said self-inflicted wounds likely will keep the GOP from winning the Senate. Published November 1, 2010

"The Vietnamese and the Republicans are, with an intensity, [trying] to take this seat, this seat [from which] we have done so much for our community," Rep. Loretta Sanchez said. The Vietnamese community didn't take offense. (AP Photo)

Diverse district pits 2 minorities

In any other race, it could have been doomsday. But when Rep. Loretta Sanchez told Univision in September that Vietnamese voters in her California congressional district were trying to steal her seat from Hispanics, it had only a moderate effect among the district's large Vietnamese population. Published November 1, 2010

Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell speaks to a Tea Party Express rally Sunday in Wilmington, Del. (Associated Press)

Rhetoric heats up in homestretch

President Obama desperately sought to reignite the coalition that pushed him to power in 2008, while Sarah Palin blamed "corrupt bastards" for trying to hinder Senate candidate Joe Miller of Alaska, and in North Carolina, a federal judge ordered steps to prevent voting-machine problems. Published October 31, 2010

**FILE** Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican (Associated Press)

Study digs up $1B in federal benefits to dead

The federal government has paid out more than $1 billion in checks to dead people over a decade, according to a new report by the top Republican on the Senate's investigative panel. Published October 31, 2010

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Reid promises vote on aliens

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid over the weekend promised to force the Senate to vote on an immigration bill, the Dream Act, in a lame-duck session of Congress this month. Published October 31, 2010

Reid vows immigration vote in lame-duck Congress

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this weekend promised to force the Senate to vote on an immigration bill, the Dream Act, in a lame-duck session of Congress next month. Published October 31, 2010

$1 billion paid to dead people, senator reports

The federal government has paid out more than $1 billion in checks to dead people over a decade, according to a new report by the top Republican on the Senate's investigative panel. Published October 29, 2010

Poll: Anti-Latino bias not up, fear of it is

Hispanic-Americans increasingly see illegal immigration as a problem for their own community, according to a new report that found a significant number of Latinos who say it's causing them to suffer discrimination. Published October 28, 2010

TUNNEL VISION: Gov. Chris Christie says New Jersey "simply no longer can afford" a major public works project. (Associated Press)

Christie kicks off austerity fights in U.S.

In the first of what could be a nationwide spate of austerity-prompted spending cuts, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday canceled an over-budget $9-billion-plus commuter train tunnel between his state and Manhattan — shrugging off the Obama administration's efforts to save it. Published October 27, 2010

Irish bookie pays off bets on Republicans

Saying there's no way Democrats can keep control of the House, Ireland's largest bookie on Wednesday said it has already paid off all bettors who wagered the GOP would capture the chamber. Published October 27, 2010

Bookie says GOP can't lose House, pays bets early

Saying there's no way Democrats can keep control of the House, Ireland's largest bookie on Wednesday said it has already paid off all bettors who wagered the GOP would capture the chamber. Published October 27, 2010

**FILE** Rep. Joe Sestak

Odds on GOP winning House, not Senate

It's official: A week before the midterm elections, odds are that Republicans will win control of the House but Democrats will keep control of the Senate, according to the overseas bookmakers taking bets on this sort of thing. Published October 24, 2010

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Cantor targets funding for NPR

A top House Republican says the party will ask Americans whether to cut off funding for NPR after the radio network fired commentator Juan Williams this week for his comments about Muslims. Published October 24, 2010

 Juan Williams appearing on the "Fox & Friends" television program in 2010. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

GOP puts NPR on chopping block

A top House Republican said Friday the party will ask Americans whether to cut off funding for NPR after the radio network fired commentator Juan Williams this week for his comments about Muslims. Published October 22, 2010