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Republicans promise limited government

GOP vows push for limited government with new House majority; Obama searches for common ground Emboldened by a commanding House majority and Senate gains, Republican leaders vowed Wednesday to roll back the size of government and, in time, the nation’s sweeping health care law. President Barack Obama, reflective after his…

Tom DeLay, GOP’s ex-House majority leader, goes on trial in Texas

Tom DeLay, the Republican leader known as “The Hammer” for his brass knuckles style, stood before a jury Monday and declared he never crossed the line into criminally dirty politics. “Ladies and gentlemen, I am not guilty,” the former US House majority leader said after an indictment was read accusing…

In legal filings, BP says thousands of oil spill victims do not have right to sue

BP and its partners in the blown-out Gulf well said on Monday that thousands of fishermen, seafood processors, restaurants, hotel owners and others may not yet have the right to sue over the spill, according to court papers. BP and its partners such as Transocean Ltd and Halliburton Co said…

Democrats may throw some candidates ‘overboard’: NY Times reporter

Notes that Republicans had more money in 2006, but still lost Democrats forced to jump off the ship might be advised to learn how to practice the “dead man’s float,” since it will help them conserve energy that could otherwise be wasted. Monday morning, New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny…

Court halts California gay marriage

A US court blocked same-sex marriages in California until at least December while an appeal is considered, in a battle over gay rights that could make its way to the Supreme Court. The decision by the federal court of appeals came hours after gay marriage opponents urged a ban on…

Obama spokesman says Democrats could lose House

White House spokesman says Democrats could lose House to the GOP without strong campaigns President Barack Obama’s party could lose its House majority in this fall’s elections, his spokesman said Sunday, perhaps trying to jolt Democratic voters with the specter of GOP lawmakers rolling back White House policies. “I think…

Court says invoking God on US money, pledge constitutional

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – A federal appeals court in California ruled Thursday that the references to God on US bank notes and in the pledge of allegiance to the US flag are constitutional and not religious in nature. By a two-to-one margin, the three judges overturned their own 2002 ruling…

AP: Republicans set record for use of filibuster

The filibuster — tool of obstruction in the U.S. Senate — is alternately blamed and praised for wilting President Barack Obama’s ambitious agenda. Some even say it’s made the nation ungovernable. Maybe, maybe not. Obama’s term still has three years to run. More certain, however: Opposition Republicans are using the…

Using anonymous quotes, Politico paints Pelosi as ‘authoritarian’ assassin

Soliciting quotes from anonymous political aides is a hallmark of Washington journalism, where some of the choicest news morsels come only if the persons leaking them to you is able to protect their identity — and their career. But a Monday story published by the D.C.-centric Politico takes the use…

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