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Senate blocks expanded gun sale background checks

(Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., voted against background checks legislation. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., voted yes.) WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans, backed by a small band of rural-state Democrats, turned away legislation Wednesday to...

 

Gun control bill clears first hurdle in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — With teary-eyed relatives of the Newtown school massacre watching, gun control supporters in the Senate won the first showdown over how to respond to the December shootings in Connecticut, defeating an effort...

 

Congress OKs cliff deal, signaling future fights

WASHINGTON — Congress' excruciating, extraordinary New Year's Day approval of a compromise averting a prolonged tumble off the fiscal cliff hands President Barack Obama most of the tax boosts on the rich that he campaigned on....

 

Congress OKs cliff deal, signaling future fights

WASHINGTON — Congress' excruciating, extraordinary New Year's Day approval of a compromise averting a prolonged tumble off the fiscal cliff hands President Barack Obama most of the tax boosts on the rich that he campaigned on....

 

Senate leaders offer dour take on 'cliff' talks

WASHINGTON — The top Senate negotiators on the effort to prevent the government from going over the "fiscal cliff" offered a pessimistic assessment Sunday barely 24 hours before a deadline to avert tax hikes on virtually every...

 

GOP ignores veto threat, passes student loan bill

WASHINGTON — Republicans have ignored a White House veto threat and passed a bill to keep interest rates on millions of federal student loans from doubling this summer. The House approved the bill Friday on a 215-195 vote,...

 

Senate heads toward showdown vote on student loans

WASHINGTON — The Senate is steaming toward a showdown on a Democratic proposal to keep student loan interest rates from doubling for 7.4 million students. In a measure of how the upcoming election is driving work in Congress...

 

Boehner, Reid preparing to move on debt limit

AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi Money traders work under a screen flashing the U.S. dollar against the Japanese yen at a foreign exchange market in Tokyo. Markets around the world were watching nervously as congressional Democrats and...

 

Bargainers prepare 2-month payroll tax cut

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says congressional bargainers are preparing a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut and expiring jobless benefits as a fallback plan in case negotiations on a yearlong package...

 

Pelosi names final members to debt supercommittee

WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has appointed three Democrats to Congress' new debt-reduction supercommittee, completing the 12-member panel's roster. The California Democrat appointed Reps. James E. Clyburn of...

 

Merchants beat bankers in Senate debit card vote

WASHINGTON — Merchants triumphed over bankers in a battle for billions Wednesday as the Senate voted to let the Federal Reserve curb the fees that stores pay financial institutions when a customer swipes a debit card. It was...

 

Senate's fix to health law slowed by snag

Brushing off a snag in the Senate, House Democratic leaders said they are prepared to finish work by late today on a package of fixes to the big health care law signed by President Barack Obama. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer...

 

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