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Oxfam Pulls SupComm Stunt

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's ... Oxfam America?

Representatives of the humanitarian organization were outside the Capitol today, wearing capes and masks of Super Committee members. (Here's a picture.)

Their message: Super Committee lawmakers will be superheroes if they preserve foreign aid as they try to cut over $1 trillion from the federal budget.

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 5:40pm

BRT Asks SupComm To 'Go Beyond' Required Cuts

The Business Roundtable is the latest business group to call for the Super Committee to go big on spending cuts. In a letter today to Super Committee members, BRT president John Engler said the committee should create a path toward a "multi-year growth and deficit reduction strategy" in addition to cutting more than $1 trillion from the government's budget.
Success by the Super Committee is necessary for the future of the U.S. economy, Engler said.

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 5:40pm

Saying Goodbye: Change in the 112th Congress

Not every representative and senator who is sworn in at the beginning of a Congress is around for the end of their terms. Some step down for other jobs or in the wake of scandal, and a few, sadly, prove all too mortal. Others may stay until the end of their terms, but don't plan on seeking reelection out of a desire to retire from politics or to seek other elective positions.

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 5:40pm

Olver Won't Seek Reelection in 2012

Rep. John Olver, D-Mass., will not seek reelection in 2012 -- sparing Bay State Democrats from an uncomfortable situation next year as the state loses a seat in reapportionment.

In announcing his decision, Olver said his family played a large role in his decision, too: his wife, Rose, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer earlier this year.

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Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 4:40pm

New Polls Show Romney Ahead in First Four States

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ECONOMYPerry's Flat Tax Proposal Unlikely to Please Anyone

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 4:40pm

Camp Drafts Overseas Tax Plan Sure to Please Big Business

The top Republican tax writer in the House unveiled the first formal draft of an international taxation plan on Wednesday that would drop taxes for companies earning profits overseas, a move that has been widely criticized by Democrats as a handout to already rich companies.

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 2:40pm

DOJ Prosecutor Hits Revolving Door, and Other Career News

Janet Fisher, who has worked for the last five years as a prosecutor and investigative attorney for the Department of Justice's National Security Division, is heading back to the private sector, joining Venable's commercial litigation group as a partner.

Fisher focused on cases involving new and digital technologies at the Justice Department, and will bring that experience to Venable, where she will specialize in cyber and digital issues, the law firm announced today. She worked at Williams & Connolly before heading to the Justice Department.

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 2:40pm

Health Care Coalition Launches Print, TV Ad Campaign

The Coalition to Protect America's Health Care today kicked off a multi-week ad campaign asking people to tell Congress to preserve Medicare funding for hospital care. The campaign, a multi-million dollar buy, warns that Medicare cuts will hurt the most vulnerable populations by reducing the number of nurses and increasing hospital wait times.

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 2:40pm

Perry: President Is an American Citizen

Seeking to end three days of distractions from his campaign, Texas Gov. Rick Perry says in an interview to air Sunday that he has no doubt that President Obama is an American citizen, saying he was only kidding around about the issue when he raised doubts about where Obama was born.

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 2:40pm

Bipartisan Group of Senators Working on Online Sales Tax Bill

Legislation that would authorize states to require online retailers to collect sales taxes from out–of-state customers appears to have found new life in the Senate.

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 2:40pm