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44: December 5, 2010 - December 11, 2010

Sen. Bernie Sanders takes 8.5-hour stand against Obama's tax-cut package

In one of the Senate's rarer spectacles, Vermont's Bernie Sanders (I) delivered Friday delivered a day-long speech from the floor, railing against the tax-cut deal President Obama struck with congressional Republicans.

By Felicia Sonmez  | December 10, 2010; 8:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Bill Clinton, back in the White House briefing room

Former president Bill Clinton came to the White House on Friday afternoon for a meeting with President Obama.

By Perry Bacon Jr. and Anne E. Kornblut  | December 10, 2010; 6:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (168)
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Earmark opponent Flake gets spot on House Appropriations

Arizona Republican Rep. Jeff Flake, a strident foe of Congress' earmarking process, has won a spot on the House Appropriations Committee.

By Felicia Sonmez  | December 10, 2010; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Congressional Black Caucus opposes Obama on tax-cut package

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Friday announced that they are overwhelmingly opposed to the deal President Obama has struck with Republicans on extending the Bush-era tax cuts and are proposing their own alternative that essentially hews to a plan House Democrats passed earlier this month.

By Felicia Sonmez  | December 10, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Tax-cuts deal will withstand Democrats' anger, Obama predicts (Updated)

President Obama made clear Thursday in an interview with NPR that he did not believe disgruntled Democrats would stop a deal on tax cuts from moving forward.

By Emi Kolawole  | December 9, 2010; 7:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
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Ron Paul to chair monetary policy subcommittee overseeing Fed

Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul is poised to chair the House Domestic Monetary Policy Subcommittee, putting the gavel of the panel overseeing the Federal Reserve into the hands of one of the Fed's most outspoken critics.

By Felicia Sonmez  | December 9, 2010; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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House Democrats confirm Levin, reject Neal for House Ways and Means top spot

In a generational shift, Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Richard Neal has won the support of House Democrats' Steering and Policy Committee for the coveted ranking member spot on the House Ways and Means Committee.

By Felicia Sonmez  | December 9, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Palin says Web site and credit card information came under cyberattack by WikiLeaks sympathizers

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's personal information, including credit card information, were cyber attacked today by Wikileaks supporters, according to an e-mail Palin sent to ABC News' Jake Tapper.

By Emi Kolawole  | December 8, 2010; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
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Senate vote on tax-cut extensions may come by the weekend

The Senate may vote on an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts by this weekend, according to top Senate Democrats and Republicans.

By Felicia Sonmez  | December 8, 2010; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Larry Summers says tax cut deal must pass soon to avoid 'double dip'

Top White House economic adviser Larry Summers warned of a "double-dip recession" if Congress doesn't pass President Obama's tax cut agreement soon.

By Perry Bacon  | December 8, 2010; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
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Palin: 'I'm the biggest klutz in the world' (video)

Host Barbara Walters asks former Alaska governor Sarah Palin whether she will appear on "Dancing with the Stars," assuming she doesn't run for president.

By Emi Kolawole  | December 8, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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House GOP unveils changes to legislative calendar

House members will be spending more time in their home districts and using their time in Washington more effectively, according to a new calendar for the 112th Congress unveiled Wednesday by House Majority Leader-designate Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

By Felicia Sonmez  | December 8, 2010; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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White House touts Democratic supporters of tax deal

When a Republican backs an Obama administration initiative, the White House often e-mails reporters to note this, trying to demonstrate the wide appeal of whatever the proposal is. But two days after the president reached an agreement with Republicans on taxes and other economic issues, the White House is doing something highly unusual: blasting out the support of fellow Democrats

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | December 8, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Rogers, Upton tapped to chair House committees

The House Republican Steering Committee selected Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) on Tuesday as the next chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, while Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) will be the next chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

By Felicia Sonmez  | December 7, 2010; 6:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Retiring Sen. George Voinovich to oppose any extension of Bush-era tax cuts

Ohio Republican Sen. George Voinovich is planning to oppose legislation that extends any of the Bush-era tax cuts, becoming the first senator to state his opposition to any extension even as the White House and congressional leaders are expected to reach a deal on the issue this week.

By Felicia Sonmez  | December 6, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
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Obama warns of new 'Sputnik moment' for United States

President Obama warned of another "Sputnik moment" in the United States, saying the country must invest in innovation and technology as it did in the 1950's and 60's to match the Soviet Union, which launched Sputnik, the first satellite that orbited the earth .

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | December 6, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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McConnell: Dems will cave on tax cuts

Sunday Rundown: A quick wrap-up of the Sunday talk shows.

By Matt DeLong and Felicia Sonmez  | December 5, 2010; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
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Charlie Rangel: Censure was 'embarrassing and painful experience'

In his first national television interview since being censured by the House last week, New York Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel acknowledged that he made some missteps throughout his forty-year career in Congress but maintained that he did not deserve the punishment meted out to him by his peers.

By Felicia Sonmez  | December 5, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Gingrich: I'm 'more inclined to run' in 2012

During an appearance on "Fox News Sunday" former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said that he is "much more inclined to run" for president in 2012 than not run.

By Matt DeLong  | December 5, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (109)
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