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Congress fails to approve budget before recess

Embattled Democrats put off votes, debates on taxes, other tough issues until after election A deeply unpopular Congress is bolting for the campaign trail without finishing its most basic job — approving a budget for the government year that begins on Friday. Lawmakers also are postponing a major fight over…

Angle: My campaign is part of God’s ‘plan’

Over the weekend, Republican Senate candidate Sharon Angle told the founder of the Christian Coalition that her campaign was part of God’s plan. Angle is trying to build a wide coalition in Nevada between libertarian-leaning Tea Party supporters and social conservatives in an attempt to defeat Senate Majority Leader Harry…

Senator got note asking her to pull up her shirt: book

Last month, former NY1 reporter Adele Sammarco lost a lawsuit which charged that references to her breasts had helped create a hostile work environment. So if Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn) is feeling a little bit like Janet Jackson these days at her workplace, she might have to just grin and…

In the thick of it: when fatphobia plays out in politics

In the New York Times, Adam Nagourney has a long profile on under-siege Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, covering his “light-skinned/Negro dialect” dustup, his behind-the-scenes political maneuvers, and his personal life. I’m reading along and then this jumped out at me: By reputation and appearance, Reid, who is 70, is…

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