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  • FCC takes a step toward allowing cellphone calls on flights

    The Federal Communications Commission took a key step toward allowing cellphone calls on planes, but other government officials don't expect travelers will be chatting from 35,000 feet any time soon. Commissioners voted 3 to 2 on Thursday to allow...
  • Senate confirms Thomas E. Perez as Labor secretary

    WASHINGTON — Thomas E. Perez was confirmed as secretary of Labor on Thursday, ending a long battle over his nomination in a key test of this week’s deal to end a showdown over Senate rules. Perez, currently the nation’s top civil...
  • Student loan plan fails for second time in Senate

    WASHINGTON – A proposal to extend lower interest rates for some federal student loans failed for the second time in the Senate on Wednesday, putting new pressure on Democrats to reach a compromise on the issue. A unanimous bloc of Republicans,...
  • Senate committee passes Employment Non-Discrimination Act

    WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, just two weeks after the Supreme Court handed down rulings expanding protections for married same-sex couples....
  • Boehner says GOP will agree to debt ceiling extension

    Boehner says GOP will agree to debt ceiling extension
    WASHINGTON -- The standoff over the federal budget moved toward at least a temporary end as Speaker John A. Boehner announced Thursday that House Republicans would agree to a six-week extension of the federal government’s ability to borrow to pay...
  • GOP plan to extend debt limit raises hope of end to impasse

    WASHINGTON — The federal budget standoff moved toward at least a temporary end Thursday as Speaker John A. Boehner announced that House Republicans would agree to extend the government's borrowing authority for six weeks, setting up late-night...
  • Government shutdown: Focus in budget talks turns to Senate

    Government shutdown: Focus in budget talks turns to Senate
    WASHINGTON – For the first time since a political impasse shut down the government, the Senate’s top Republican and Democrat have started negotiations to try to resolve the stalemate. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority...
  • Senate leaders launch shutdown talks; GOP, White House at impasse

    Senate leaders launch shutdown talks; GOP, White House at impasse
    WASHINGTON — As talks over how to end the government shutdown and avert a default on the debt collapsed Saturday between House Republicans and the White House, the Senate's top leaders launched their own negotiations to find a last-ditch compromise,...
  • For the GOP, rightward ho!

    The Republican Party is at war with itself. It's divided over how best to shrink the federal budget and how to undo President Obama's healthcare law. It hasn't been notably successful at either, which helps explain why the GOP's standing in the eyes of...
  • Government shutdown votes spark payback, anger and fundraising

    The government shutdown is over, for now. Let the blood-letting and fundraising begin! Within hours after Sen. Thad Cochran, a Republican from Mississippi, voted for a budget deal that reopened the government, two influential conservative advocacy...
  • Senate may vote to give Syria time to join chemical weapons pact

    Senate may vote to give Syria time to join chemical weapons pact
    WASHINGTON -- A proposal that would delay a possible U.S. military strike and give Syria’s government 45 days to come into compliance with an international chemical weapons treaty could get a vote in the Senate as it considers the president’...
  • An iffy situation

    An iffy situation
    What if we attack Syria? What if we don't? These are the biggest "what if?" questions on the planet right now. Yet the White House team tasked with handling them is showing a selective aversion to related "what if?" questions. What if Congress...