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The Democrat-controlled Congress, whose goals include raising the minimum wage and reducing corruption, was sworn in Thursday. House Ways and Means Committee chair Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., discusses plans for fiscal reform and Iraq. Republican Conference Chairman Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Fla.,…
With some Democratic senators pushing for talks with Syria and Iran, and President Bush postponing his decision on Iraq policy until the new year, politics columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks offer analysis of the U.S. role in the Middle…
Ten new faces will join the Senate in January -- eight Democrats, one Republican and one independent. Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland and Republican Bob Corker of Tennessee discuss what they intend to bring to Congress.
Democrats officially gained control of the Senate on Thursday after two GOP sentors conceded defeat. Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee, discusses the shake-up.
Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo., and his Democratic challenger, state auditor Claire McCaskill, are in an apparent dead heat leading up to the Nov. 7 midterm elections. Republican and Democratic bloggers discuss the candidates' chances as the race enters its final…
A referendum to raise the state minimum wage by 25 percent from $5.15 an hour to $6.50 an hour will be on the Missouri ballot at the upcoming midterm election. NewsHour correspondent Paul Solman explains the ballot issue.
Analysts Mark Shields and Ramesh Ponnuru discuss the changing political support in Iraq, the growing movement against Wal-Mart, and Virginia GOP Sen. George Allen's controversial comments made during a campaign appearance.
Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the diplomatic efforts to end the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict, a possible civil war in Iraq, the Connecticut primary and the U.S. Senate.
In a 56-42 vote in the Senate, the GOP fell four votes shy of limiting debate on a bill containing a "trifecta" of parts, including a minimum wage increase and an estate tax cut, preventing a floor vote before the…
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives began a one month hiatus after working all night Friday to wrap-up legislation. Congressional writer Alan Ota discusses some of the contentious legislation debated on before the break.
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