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Last Build Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2010 07:33:40 GMT

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Panel Seeks Social Security Cuts and Tax Increases

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 07:30:01 GMT

President Obama’s bipartisan commission on reducing the national debt outlined a politically provocative and economically ambitious package.

One Battle Won, Many Others Face Reid in Senate

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 05:30:31 GMT

Harry Reid won one big battle on Election Day, when he kept his seat, but more lie ahead.

Obama Nears a Deal to Reduce Trade Imbalance

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 06:59:51 GMT

A compromise agreement could ease conflict among the major world economies over trade, currency and monetary policies.

Obama Says Trade Pact With S. Korea Still Not Set

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 07:00:01 GMT

Despite a face-to-face meeting, President Obama and President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea said Thursday that they had not yet reached a trade agreement.

U.S. Tweaks Message on Troops in Afghanistan

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 06:48:02 GMT

The Obama administration is emphasizing the idea that the United States will have forces in Afghanistan until at least the end of 2014, which is a change in tone.

The Onion Strikes Comic Gold With Biden Spoofs

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 05:30:31 GMT

Stories that play off an incongruous caricature of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. are immensely popular.

Robert Lipshutz, Carter Aide, Dies at 88

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 07:20:30 GMT

Mr. Lipshutz had an important behind-the-scenes role in the Camp David peace accords.

U.S. Struggles to Restore Middle East Talks

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 06:59:43 GMT

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Egyptian officials, trying to overcome an impasse.

Obama Warns North Korea in Speech

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 07:17:49 GMT

President Obama said North Korea faces further isolation unless it gives up nuclear weapons.

Free-Trade Pact With South Korea Still Not Finished

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 06:59:43 GMT

As President Obama and President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea prepared for a face-to-face meeting, negotiators were working to resolve disputes over beef and autos.

F.D.A. Unveils Proposed Graphic Warning Labels for Cigarette Packs

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 06:13:32 GMT

Designed to cover half the surface area of a pack, new proposed labels are meant to vividly remind smokers of tobacco’s dangers.

White House Memo: Washington Worries About New Power Couple

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 17:08:17 GMT

President Obama and John A. Boehner, the House speaker in waiting, must bridge a gulf in background, temperament and philosophy as they try to work together.

Democratic Strategists Say Damage Control Prevented More Election Losses

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 07:48:02 GMT

Democratic officials said the difficult decision to cut off campaign spending on Democrats whose races had slipped out of reach and then spend the money elsewhere ultimately saved 15 to 20 seats.

Republicans Maneuver to Oust Their Leader

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 07:40:21 GMT

Some senior Republicans are trying to pressure Michael Steele not to seek re-election as chairman of the party.

After a Personal Scandal, a Small Political Upswing

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 13:40:18 GMT

Mark Sanford, who confessed last year to having an affair with an Argentine woman, has grappled since to save his political career and earn the public’s forgiveness.

Challenges Await U.S. at Group of 20 Meeting

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 23:01:12 GMT

With China leading the critics of American economic policy, officials acknowledge that President Obama is going to have a difficult time winning any kind of consensus strategy.

Obama Pledges Expanded Ties With Muslim Nations

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 22:56:09 GMT

Speaking in Indonesia, the president renewed his call for better relations between the United States and the Muslim world.

News Analysis: Obama and China Play Rival Suitors to Indonesia

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 07:20:26 GMT

Beijing’s plan to invest $6.6 billion in Indonesia’s infrastructure intensifies China’s rivalry with the United States for the region’s affection.

Supreme Court Weighs Class-Action Suits

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 06:16:30 GMT

The case of a $30 charge for a “free” phone could change contracts that require disputes be settled via arbitration.

Health Rules Are Waived More Often

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 06:19:01 GMT

Federal officials are issuing more waivers to try to prevent some insurers and employers from dropping coverage.

The Caucus: $25 Billion in Cuts, if the Math Worked

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 08:00:56 GMT

Note to the incoming Republican majority in the House: Eliminating government programs that do not exist does not save money.

Confusion Over Program to Spot Illegal Immigrants

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 20:21:14 GMT

A program to identify immigrants with fingerprints collected by the police has confused many local officials.

Ex-Glaxo Executive Is Charged in Drug Fraud

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 06:16:41 GMT

The federal government is beginning to crack down on company officials, hoping the threat of jail time can compel compliance.

The TV Watch: A New Bush, a Lot Like the Old One

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 23:57:27 GMT

There was something jarring about suddenly seeing George W. Bush on screen again, and it wasn’t déjà vu.

Political Memo: Tax Cut Timing Is Proving Problematic for Democrats

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 21:47:08 GMT

With the Bush tax cuts due to expire Dec. 31, the much-delayed debate on what to do about them finally begins next week in a lame-duck session.

No. 2 House Democrat Will Try to Retain Post

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 08:30:02 GMT

Representative Steny H. Hoyer’s decision to run for minority whip might set up a battle with another high-profile leader, Representative James E. Clyburn.

Justices Hear Case on Taxing of Students

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 08:10:04 GMT

Medical residency programs are seeking refunds of Social Security taxes.

Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Faces Struggle in Congress

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 17:16:21 GMT

The repeal of the policy faces new uncertainties as time runs out for the Senate and objections remain among Republicans and the senior ranks of the military.

Gay Couples to Sue Over U.S. Marriage Law

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 16:09:45 GMT

Two new lawsuits are part of an effort to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 law that prohibits the federal government from recognizing marriages of same-sex couples.

F.D.A. Urges Two Steps for Safer CT Scans

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 21:45:16 GMT

The Food and Drug Administration says manufacturers must do a better job of training operators, including issuance of warnings about high radiation.

Countering China, Obama Backs India for U.N. Council

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 17:12:46 GMT

Analysts say that China has been cool to the idea of permanent membership on the U.N. Security Council for rival Asian powers.

Friendship Parallels a Strategic Partnership

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 06:55:03 GMT

Historical forces have shaped the relationship between India and the United States; their leaders have played a role, too.

First Lady’s Dance Moves Woo Indian Crowds

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 21:36:33 GMT

The Indian public and news media have become exuberant Michelle Obama fans, in large part because of her dancing talent and hugs.

Obama Presses to Complete Free-Trade Deal With South Korea

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 06:30:28 GMT

New terms for Korean imports of autos and beef are sought to help its passage through Congress early next year.

U.S. Report Faults Christie, as Prosecutor, on Hotel Stays

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 23:33:27 GMT

When he was a top federal prosecutor, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey often exceeded guidelines on taxpayer-financed travel expenses, the Justice Department inspector general reported.

Thrust Into the Glare by a Race She Wasn’t Running In

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 08:01:09 GMT

Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz of Connecticut has been criticized for problems surrounding the tightly contested governor’s race in her state.

Political Times: Alaska May Offer a View to Future Elections

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 05:33:36 GMT

The last undecided Senate race could be weird politics or it could be an indicator of the rise of the independent voter.

The Caucus: Bachmann Drops Leadership Bid

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 02:53:05 GMT

The Minnesota Republican, a Tea Party favorite, is now supporting Jeb Hensarling of Texas for the No. 4 Republican job in the House.

The Caucus: Nurkowski? Makowski? Murckoski? Counting the Write-In Votes in Alaska

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 03:49:14 GMT

A long fight still seemed possible after the first fraction of write-in ballots in the Alaska Senate race were tabulated.

The Caucus: Boehner: I'll Fly Commercial as Speaker

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 20:31:26 GMT

John A. Boehner, the House speaker-to-be, pledged today that he would continue to fly commercial airlines to and from his home district in Ohio.

The Caucus: Growing List of House Democrats Oppose Pelosi as Leader

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 19:26:52 GMT

More than 15 House Democrats have publicly raised concerns over Nancy Pelosi's hanging on as her party's minority leader.

FiveThirtyEight: Are Parents Just Saying No to Marijuana Legalization?

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 15:17:48 GMT

The relationships between age, parenthood and views on marijuana.