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U.S. debt limit debate down to wire
Exactly one month ago, the Treasury Department began issuing IOUs rather than bonds to some government pension funds. That allowed for continued auctions of so-called "risk-free" Treasury bonds until Aug. 2. Unless Congress acts by then, the world's richest nation — unable to borrow $4 billion a
Democratic Candidate Roy Herron Would Fire Nancy Pelosi As House Speaker
Tennessee Democrat Roy Herron is not likely to make fast friends with Nancy Pelosi should he get elected to the House next month.
Another Day, Another Open Democratic Seat
ABC News’ Christina Capatides reports: Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., announced today that he will be retiring after 18 years in Congress. The reason he gave: His main legislative goal – to pass health care reform – has now been accomplished....
Forward March: New villains in old story, but Dems face own distractions
The health care push lingered long enough to get Democrats something new: some villains to color the story.
Shaken by Massachusetts Loss, Democrats Regroup for November Election
Strategists: Democrats Need to Focus on Economy and Independents to Keep Majority
Rep. McCarthy: Republicans Will Pick Up 45 Seats, Win House
Buoyed by recent recruiting successes and Democratic retirements, the Republican who’s running recruitment efforts for congressional candidates is predicting a pick-up of 45 House seats this year -- more than the 40 needed to give the GOP control of the House.
Joe Knows: Obama Pitches, Lieberman Swings
There is likely to be a Senate health care bill, after all -- if you can adjust your definitions to fit political realities of a frustrated Congress 10 days before Christmas.
House Democrats’ Retirements: Leading Edge of a Wave?
ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: Today’s retirement announcement by Rep. Bart Gordon, a 13th-term Democrat from Tennessee, is renewing talk about a potential wave of Democratic retirements -- creating open seats in districts that will provide prime pick-up opportunities for...
War Within: New Strategy Filled with Contradictions
President Obama's address to the nation Tuesday night leaves him with significant contradictions to unpack -- getting in deeper to get out sooner, a timeline that actually isn't one, threats without consequences, paying for it but not really, and finally, an Obama strategy that looks and sounds a