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Politics John McCain

  • Boeing Fuel Tanker

    As the Air Force tries to end its long and often embarrassing effort to buy new aerial fueling tankers, Boeing’s supporters are questioning the fairness of the bidding, while its European rival seems confident it will win the $35 billion contract. The New York Times reports.

  • Protesters fill the courtyard and steps outside the State Capitol building on February 16, 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. Protesters were demonstrating against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers.

    The 14 Wisconsin state senators who left the state to prevent a key vote are adjusting to living with less in hotels and keeping a low profile., reports the New York Times reports.

  • New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

    Seizing on a national anxiety over poor student performance, many governors are taking aim at a bedrock tradition of public schools: teacher tenure, the New York Times reports.

  • Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) of Arizona

    The police were sent to the home where Jared L. Loughner lived with his family on more than one occasion before the attack here on Saturday that left a congresswoman fighting for her life and six others dead, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department said on Tuesday. The New York Times reports.

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    The shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords and others at a neighborhood meeting in Arizona on Saturday set off what is likely to be a wrenching debate over anger and violence in American politics. The New York Times reports.

  • The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    As the Federal Reserve debates whether to scale back, continue or expand its $600 billion effort to nurse the economic recovery, four men will have a newly prominent role in influencing the central bank’s path, the New York Times reports.

  • Part of the administration’s strategy has been to ramp up border and workplace enforcement to attract Republican votes for the overhaul. The vote on Saturday made it clear that strategy has not succeeded so far. The New York Times reports.

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    The Senate voted to strike down the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military.  The New York Times reports.

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    The collapse of a government-wide spending package in the final days of this Congressional session sets up a politically charged fiscal showdown early next year, testing the determination of Republicans, the  New York Times reports.

  • Ron Paul

    Colleagues are beginning to credit Ron Paul with some wisdom — or at least acknowledging his passionate following. The New York Times reports.

  • Barack Obama

    President Obama announced a tentative deal with Congressional Republicans on Monday to extend the Bush-era tax cuts at all income levels for two years as part of a package that would also keep benefits flowing to the long-term unemployed, cut payroll taxes for all workers for a year and take other steps to bolster the economy, the New York Times reports.

  • President Barack Obama

    The deal calls for jobless aid and tax breaks, but it is unclear how much leverage the White House has, the New York Times reports.

  • Gavel

    Tom DeLay, one of the most powerful and divisive Republican lawmakers ever to come out of Texas, was convicted Wednesday of money-laundering charges in a state trial, five years after his indictment here forced him to resign as majority leader in the House of Representatives, the New York Times reports.

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    It is the home stretch in the battle over Proposition 19, the ballot initiative that would legalize and regulate marijuana in California, and at “Yes” headquarters in downtown Oakland last week, young volunteers were hustling for votes.

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    The outcome of five contests considered tossups will help determine if Democrats retain control of the Senate, according to the latest analysis of races by The New York Times, with Republicans trying to capture Democratic-held seats in Colorado, Illinois, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Washington.

  • It is perhaps a measure of the volatility of American politics that a television comedy show was able to tap something deep among American voters, who turned out in the tens of thousands on Saturday to add their voices to a national political debate that some said had left them behind.

  • Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The Federal Reserve is all but certain next week to begin a multibillion-dollar effort to coax the recovery along, but privately, Ben S. Bernanke, the chairman, worries that more is needed to turn the sluggish economy around and revive employment, reports the New York Times.

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    As the political battle heats up, however, it has also veered into a more basic matter of fairness, whether a person who earns more than $200,000 a year should be taxed at rates similar to those who make $5 million, reports The New York Times.

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    Tens of thousands of people rallied at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, summoned by Glenn Beck, a conservative broadcaster who called for a religious rebirth in America at the site where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech 47 years ago to the day.

  • U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)

    Representative Kendrick Meek beat Jeff Greene for Florida’s Senate nomination while Rick Scott edged out Attorney General Bill McCollum in the G.O.P. governor’s primary. In Arizona, Senator John McCain won easily.