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Democrats Ready to Abandon Second Spending Stopgap
By Emily Pierce
A day after caving under Republican opposition to an omnibus spending bill laden with earmarks, Senate Democrats appear poised to abandon another nearly year-long spending measure over a lack of GOP votes.
Obama Signs
$858 Billion
Tax Cut Bill
By Jennifer Bendery
With Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) standing by his side, President Barack Obama signed the $858 billion tax cut package into law on Friday and touted the bill’s passage as a sign that bipartisanship can happen in the next Congress.
Obama Tells GOP They've Had Enough Time on START
By Christina Bellantoni | 6 a.m.
In his weekly national address, President Barack Obama urged Congress to pass the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, saying Republicans should "show the same spirit of common purpose on our security" they showed in achieving a compromise on extending tax cuts.
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HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Staffer Saves the Day
By Elizabeth Brotherton and Alison McSherry
While most people were engrossed with their BlackBerrys during the morning commute on Thursday, staffer Zachary Mallove was busy being a hero.
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Young Democrats of America Taps Christine Pelosi as Temporary Chief
Christine Pelosi was named interim executive director of the Young Democrats of America on Friday.
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The Senate unanimously cleared two judicial nominees and lined up floor votes on two more in a continued effort to clear the backlog of names still pending on the executive calendar.
Senate Democrats made little headway Friday on how or whether to change Senate rules to make it easier to move legislation through the chamber next year, and it was becoming clear that major changes to filibuster rules do not have the support to prevail.
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Labor leaders who have been among President Barack Obama’s most reliable — but recently alienated — supporters went to the White House on Friday to air their grievances and discuss future fiscal policy.
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Every candidate for chairman of the Republican National Committee in an increasingly crowded field is arguing he or she can raise large amounts of money. But it’s Maria Cino who has given her own money to a number of Congressional candidates over the past two election cycles, more than any of her rivals for the RNC spot.
Almost a year after Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office said that a formal House diversity initiative was in the works, the House Administration Committee announced that the key component of the plan will be unveiled Monday.
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House Majority Whip-designate Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Friday announced that Hill veteran Tim Berry, now a top lobbyist at Time Warner Inc., will join his office as chief of staff.
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December 15, 2010

Speaker-designate John Boehner leaves a closed-door meeting of the House Republican Conference on Dec. 15. The House is expected to vote Dec. 16 on a tax cut extension passed by the Senate the previous day.
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Sen. Joe Lieberman said Friday afternoon that his central role in the push to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy banning openly gay service members would not preclude him from running as a Republican in 2012.
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Christine Pelosi was named interim executive director of the Young Democrats of America on Friday.
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