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Attacks from right take toll on Obama’s tax plan

WASHINGTON — A growing chorus of conservative criticism is prompting some House members to rethink the $850 billion package of tax cuts and extended jobless benefits that President Barack Obama negotiated with top Republicans in Congress. The attacks are unlikely ...

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Pennsylvania mayor who pushed immigrant law heads to DC

HAZLETON, Pa. — A Pennsylvania mayor whose get-tough policies on illegal immigrants attracted national attention has resigned after 11 years in office and will head to Congress. Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta was elected to the U.S. House last month, defeating ...

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House to vote on repeal of don’t ask, don’t tell

WASHINGTON — In a new showdown, the House this week will take up a bill that would overturn the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays, Democratic leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday. The move would put pressure on the ...

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House Democrats’ bill freezes most agency budgets

WASHINGTON — Democrats controlling the House are promising to freeze the budgets of most Cabinet departments while wrapping Congress’ unfinished annual spending bills into a single catchall measure. The 423-page measure, released in the wee hours Wednesday, would cap the ...

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Obama facing tough sell in own party on tax deal

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Wednesday rejected claims that he betrayed Democrats by cutting a deal with Republicans on Bush-era tax cuts and implored his party to back the compromise, arguing it could jump-start the economy. Speaking to reporters ...

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House Democrats keep Nancy Pelosi as their leader

WASHINGTON — House Democrats elected Nancy Pelosi to remain as their leader Wednesday despite massive party losses in this month’s congressional elections that prompted some lawmakers to call for new leadership. Pelosi, the nation’s first female House speaker, will become ...

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House ethics panel deliberates Rangel case

WASHINGTON— Shortly after veteran Rep. Charles Rangel of New York walked out of his ethics trial in protest, a House panel began closed-door deliberations Monday on 13 counts of alleged financial and fundraising misconduct that could bring formal condemnation. Only ...

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Steele may face challengers for GOP chairmanship

WASHINGTON — Republicans are aggressively recruiting a challenger to Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, whose tenure as party chief has been marked by ill-chosen comments and questions about finances. The RNC must decide in January whether to keep Steele. ...

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Fraser Smith: Images of upheaval for Democrats

On the eve of an election that would prove disastrous for Democrats, one of the party’s highest-ranking leaders found himself within spitting distance of a furious constituent. All the emotions that colored the 2010 campaign — anger, fear, disgust with ...

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