• U.S. Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY) answers a question during a news conference after the U.S. House of Representatives censured him for ethics violations, on Capitol Hill in Washington, December 2, 2010

    Defiant Rangel censured by House for ethics violation

    Disgraced Rep. Charles Bernard Rangel (D-N.Y.) has been censured by the U.S. House of Representatives for ethics violation but narrowly escaped expulsion.
  • Unemployment insurance runs out for 800,000

    Unemployment insurance expired for approximately 800,000 out-of-work Americans yesterday, and two million more will lose their benefits at the end of the year, unless Congress takes action to extend the benefits.
  • U.S. President Barack Obama between Senate Mitch McConnell, R-KY and Congressman John Boehner, R-OH

    Obama meets with GOP leaders for a good start

    The American people did not vote for political gridlock in Washington, according to President Barack Obama who today met with Congressional leaders from both parties to discuss what they consider the main components of the national agenda.
  • US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (L) is flanked by Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) (R).

    House Dems pick Pelosi as leader despite moderates' concerns

    House Democrats re-elected Rep. Nancy Pelosi D-CA as their leader for the next Congress by a large margin on Wednesday as her challenger said the fragmented vote meant moderates should get a say in decision making.
  • U.S. President Barack Obama speaks with former Republican Senate Whip Alan Simpson

    Debt commission's proposal gets varied reception

    Not unexpectedly, the preliminary proposal of President’s Obama’s bipartisan Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform has met with mixed reviews, from “unacceptable” to “most encouraging.”