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44: December 12, 2010 - December 18, 2010

Dreams deferred, fulfilled as Senate takes up two historic votes

Supporters of the 17-year-long effort to repeal "don't ask, don't tell" were as jubilant as longtime DREAM Act proponents were dejected. And in both cases, the impact was deeply personal -- even among members of the Senate.

By Felicia Sonmez  | December 18, 2010; 9:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Joe Manchin absent for two major Senate votes

When the Senate took two of its most highly-anticipated votes of the lame-duck session on Saturday, West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin was nowhere to be found.

By Felicia Sonmez  | December 18, 2010; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Senate defeats DREAM Act

On a 55-to-41 vote, the Senate on Saturday failed to proceed on a bill that would have provided a path to citizenship for young people who were brought to the country illegally as children.

By Felicia Sonmez  | December 18, 2010; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Senate's full plate: DADT, START, DREAM Act

As the lame-duck session enters its final days, the Senate is convening for the second Saturday this month, with key votes slated on a trio of hotly debated and highly politicized measures.

By Felicia Sonmez  | December 18, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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President Obama: Home alone, while family vacations

President Obama will be home alone starting Saturday. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Friday...

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | December 17, 2010; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Liberals still seething after passage of tax-cut deal

Liberal Democrats were fuming following the House's late Thursday night passage of the sweeping tax-cut package negotiated between President Obama and congressional Republicans, with some still smarting both at the end product and at a process that they said had left House Democrats out of the loop.

By Felicia Sonmez  | December 17, 2010; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (152)
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Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden diagnosed with prostate cancer

Sen. Ron Wyden has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo surgery Monday, the Oregon Democrat's office announced Thursday.

By Felicia Sonmez  | December 16, 2010; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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House resumes debate on tax-cut bill after liberal uprising

Hours after liberal Democrats unexpectedly forced the measure off the floor, the House on Thursday night resumed debate on the tax-cut deal negotiated between President Obama and congressional Republicans, setting the stage for a final vote within hours.

By Felicia Sonmez  | December 16, 2010; 6:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Elijah Cummings wins top Democratic slot on House government oversight committee

Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings has won the race to serve as the top Democrat on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the next Congress, a victory that will enable him to be the Obama administration's chief defender against an expected onslaught of Republican-led investigations.

By Ben Pershing  | December 16, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gates pushes for omnibus spending bill despite earmarks

The Obama administration is urging Congress to adopt a $1.2 trillion spending bill that includes more than 6,700 earmarks, despite the president's strong criticism of such projects since Election Day.

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | December 16, 2010; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Bachmann snub angers tea party leader

Jenny Beth Martin, a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, said Wednesday that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) should have gotten a spot on the House Ways and Means Committee from Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner (Ohio).

By Emi Kolawole  | December 15, 2010; 7:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Senate votes to open debate on New START

The Senate on Wednesday voted to proceed on the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, with lawmakers slated to begin debate on the measure Thursday morning.

By Felicia Sonmez and Mary Beth Sheridan  | December 15, 2010; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Anti-'don't ask' activist Dan Choi hospitalized

In a statement to a progressive blog, Lt. Dan Choi -- a gay soldier who was discharged under the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy and a high-profile advocate of repealing the law -- was hospitalized after suffering a "breakdown.

By Matt DeLong  | December 15, 2010; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency  | Tags:  Gay Lesbian and Bisexual, Pentagon, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network  
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Michigan's Mike Rogers to chair House Intelligence Committee

House Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-Ohio) has tapped Michigan Republican Rep. Mike Rogers to chair the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Boehner's office announced Wednesday.

By Felicia Sonmez  | December 15, 2010; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Senate expects Wed. votes on tax cuts, START, spending; House may consider tax cuts, 'don't ask'

Senate expects vote on tax cuts, START and spending on Wednsday; House to consider tax cuts, 'don't ask' bill

By Felicia Sonmez  | December 15, 2010; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Bill of Rights Day: Libertarians, National Archives celebrate

On December 15, 1791, ten amendments to the Constitution known as the Bill of Rights were ratified. In 1941, in honor of the amendments' 150th anniversary, President Franklin D. Roosevelt made the date a holiday: Bill of Rights Day.

By Rachel Weiner  | December 15, 2010; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Reid: Senate could come back after Christmas

Members of Congress have a full agenda this week before they take off from Washington this weekend.

By Felicia Sonmez  | December 14, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Obama meets with Gates, Buffett

A day before meeting with a group of chief executives who may not be as friendly, President Obama met Tuesday with two of his favorite U.S. businessmen: Warren Buffett and Bill Gates.

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | December 14, 2010; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Obama: 'I don't think there's a sense that I've been successful'

Taking his message directly to voters in key battleground states, President Obama on Monday invited reporters from four local news stations in Ohio, Iowa, Florida and Colorado to the White House to talk about the economy and his tax-cut package.

By Matt DeLong  | December 14, 2010; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Can 'No Labels' change the tone in Washington?

A new organization called "No Labels" is hoping to help tone down the heated rhetoric in Washington. Headed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a veritable 'who's who' of moderate politicians are participating in the organization's launch in New York City.

By Matt DeLong  | December 13, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Michael Bloomberg shoots down 2012 buzz: 'No way, no how'

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

By Matt DeLong and Aaron Blake  | December 12, 2010; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Justice Breyer: I'll go to State of the Union

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said Sunday that he will attend the upcoming State of the Union address, even as more conservative justices have been critical of what happened at the last one.

By Aaron Blake  | December 12, 2010; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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