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Susan Crabtree was a reporter for The Washington Times.

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** FILE ** Rep. Bob Livingston (left), followed by outgoing House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his wife, Marianne, walks down the steps of the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1998. The men were going to a meeting at which Republicans were to choose their leadership for the 106th Congress. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Ex-lawmaker says he, Gingrich have grown since impeachment days

Bob Livingston, a successful D.C. lobbyist who served in Congress under then-Speaker Newt Gingrich and is one of the biggest boosters of his presidential campaign, said he and Mr. Gingrich have grown since their days in the House, when both of them were accused of marital infidelity. Published December 7, 2011

** FILE ** Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks in West Des Moines, Iowa, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Gingrich struggles with state deadlines for filing

Newt Gingrich is surging in the presidential polls, but his campaign organization has not caught up — making it possible he'll miss Wednesday's deadline to file enough signatures to even appear on Ohio's primary ballot. Published December 6, 2011

** FILE ** Sen. Carl Levin (left), Michigan Democrat, chats with Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

White House reiterates threat to veto defense bill

The White House said Friday it was standing firm on President Obama's threat to veto a sweeping defense policy bill approved by the Senate over language dealing with the treatment and prosecution of terrorism suspects. Published December 2, 2011

President Barack Obama greets U2 front man Bono, center, and Muhtar Kent, chairman of the Board and chief executive officer of The Coca-Cola Company, right, after speaking during a World AIDS Day event at George Washington University in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama, Bush, Clinton unite in fight against HIV and AIDS

In a rare display of bipartisan solidarity, President Obama joined with former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton on Thursday to push for more support for fighting HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and around the world. Published December 1, 2011

President Obama speaks at Scranton High School in Scranton, Pa., on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama pushes for extension of payroll-tax cut

President Obama on Wednesday issued an urgent appeal to Congress to pass an extension of a cut in the payroll-tax when it comes for a vote in the Senate late this week or face the consequences of “a massive blow to the economy.” Published November 30, 2011

U.S. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. (left) and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki hold a joint news conference in Baghdad on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

In Iraq, Biden sees 'new path' after U.S. pullout

With just a month to go to complete a full U.S. troop pullout from Iraq, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. sat down with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad on Wednesday to help forge a new relationship between the two countries. Published November 30, 2011

President Obama listens as European Council President Herman Van Rompuy speaks with the media on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

White House: No U.S. bailout for Europe

The White House said U.S. taxpayers should not bear the burden of helping stabilize Europe's economy as President Obama and European leaders met Monday afternoon amid deepening concerns over the future of the euro. Published November 28, 2011

President Obama speaks Nov. 22, 2011, about jobs at Manchester High School Central in Manchester, N.H. (Associated Press)

Obama urges GOP to break vow, raise taxes

One day after the deficit super committee conceded failure and left Washington for Thanksgiving without reaching a deal, President Obama thrust himself into GOP primary territory, urging Republicans in Congress to expand the payroll tax extension when they return from their break and back off their no new tax increases pledge. Published November 22, 2011

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has no plans to curtail his trips to Monterey, Calif. "That's where his family lives, after all," a senior aide said. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

Panetta gets VIP flights at coach cost

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta commutes home to Monterey, Calif., nearly every weekend on a government jet and reimburses just a fraction of the cost to taxpayers — an arrangement that is coming under scrutiny during Washington's tough budget times. Published November 21, 2011

** FILE ** Sen. Carl Levin (left), Michigan Democrat, chats with Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

Detainee deal could get Obama's veto

President Obama's senior advisers are recommending he veto a massive defense-policy bill over language governing the treatment and prosecution of terrorism suspects. Published November 17, 2011

In a letter anticipating the announcement, a largely Democratic group of 109 members, including Rep. John D. Dingell, the dean of the delegation who represents Detroit, commended the president. (Associated Press)

New fuel standards unveiled

As part of a push to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, the Obama administration Wednesday unveiled new fuel efficiency standards for cars, SUVs and pickups that will nearly double the required vehicle miles per gallon by 2025. Published November 16, 2011

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Senators strike deal on interrogations of terrorism suspects

The top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee broke with President Obama Tuesday and struck a deal with Republicans on the contentious issue of handling and prosecuting terrorism-suspect detainees, clearing the way for the defense-policy bill to be voted on next week. Published November 15, 2011

President Obama speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House campus in Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, during an unscheduled visit to the African American Policy in Action Leadership Conference. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama calls for belt-tightening on eve of Asian tour

President Obama wants the federal government to do some belt-tightening during tough economic times. On Tuesday he signed an executive order directing agencies to cut back on everything from travel to cellphones, printing, and even promotional or commemorative items such as T-shirts, plaques and mugs. Published November 9, 2011

** FILE ** President Obama visits a classroom at Yeadon Regional Head Start Center in Yeadon, Pa., on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama again sidesteps Congress with Head Start order

President Obama unveiled the latest installment of his "we can't wait" campaign against Congress Tuesday, this time issuing new rules governing the early childhood education program Head Start. Published November 8, 2011