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Feingold Speech Focuses on Campaign Finance, Senate

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Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 7:40am

Weiner's Fall Indicative of New Ethical Standards in House

In the complex world of congressional ethics, there is no black-and-white guide for how leaders use their political muscle to nudge an ethically impaired member toward the exit, but Rep. Anthony Weiner’s Thursday resignation reaffirmed an implicit new rule in the House: sexual indiscretions will not be tolerated.

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 6:40am

Gingrich Promises His October Surprise

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Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 10:40pm

Where in the World is Michelle Obama? The First Lady's Trips Abroad

Michelle Obama will travel to South Africa and Botswana on an official visit to Africa next week in an effort to encourage youth leadership, education, and health and wellness -- particularly among girls and young women.

The first lady has made official visits to Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, India, Mexico and the United Kingdom, where she's made headlines for her colorful fashion choices and, on occasion, for busting a move. In addition to the official travel, she has also garnered (positive and negative) media attention for a couple of unofficial jaunts.

Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 8:40pm

Biden Group Gives Itself July 1 Deadline

Six lawmakers led by Vice President Joe Biden and charged with developing a deficit-reduction plan met for the third time this week and agreed on Thursday to give themselves until July 1 to come up with an agreement or decide not to continue. Whether or not to raise taxes remained a key sticking point.

“The idea is that we would either reach an agreement in principle by then or recognize that we are not able to bridge our differences,” House Budget Committee ranking member Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., a member of the group, said on his way out of the meeting.

Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 8:40pm

FEC Asks Crossroads to Reveal Donors

The FEC this week sent a letter demanding Crossroads GPS, the Karl Rove-backed nonprofit that pumped millions of dollars in anonymous donations into last year's Congressional campaigns, disclose its contributors. The request appears unlikely to be honored but it could signal an effort to tighten regulations on controversial third-party groups.

Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 8:40pm

NRSC Pays Off Debt

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Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 7:40pm

FEC Asks Crossroads to Reveal Donors

The FEC this week sent a letter demanding Crossroads GPS, the Karl Rove-backed nonprofit that pumped millions of dollars in anonymous donations into last year's Congressional campaigns, disclose its contributors. The request appears unlikely to be honored but it could signal an effort to tighten regulations on controversial third-party groups.

Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 7:40pm

PICTURES: Mercury's Reputation May Get a Boost Thanks to MESSENGER

The planet Mercury doesn't come up in many conversations. Even among people inclined to talk about astronomy and the solar system, Mercury isn't often at the center of discussion.

Jupiter? Sure. Saturn? Of course. But not Mercury.

Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 7:40pm

U.S. Teens Are Couch Potatoes, CDC Finds

Only 15 percent of U.S. high school students get as much exercise as they should, although half seem to be doing pushups or lifting weights, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday.

Only 12 percent meet the guidelines for both, an hour of aerobic activity a day and a muscle-strengthening exercise of some type three days a week, a CDC team found.

Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 7:40pm