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  • Senate freshmen: What the 14 new members bring to Capitol Hill

    A freshman Senate class was sworn in Jan. 3, bringing diverse skills and experience – not to mention agendas – to the legislative body. Whether the 14 newest senators help break partisan gridlock, or refuse to work across the aisle, will be the test for the 113th Congress.Twelve were elected on Nov. 6, including three Republicans, eight Democrats, and an independent. In addition, a Republican and a Democrat were appointed to vacant seats after the election. Here is a look at the 14 and what they bring to the Senate:

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  • Senate freshmen: What the 14 new members bring to Capitol Hill

    A freshman Senate class was sworn in Jan. 3, bringing diverse skills and experience – not to mention agendas – to the legislative body. Whether the 14 newest senators help break partisan gridlock, or refuse to work across the aisle, will be the test for the 113th Congress.Twelve were elected on Nov. 6, including three Republicans, eight Democrats, and an independent. In addition, a Republican and a Democrat were appointed to vacant seats after the election. Here is a look at the 14 and what they bring to the Senate:

  • Rep. Scott Rigell: Maverick GOP freshman in the eye of a political storm

    Obama is hitting Virginia Beach, Va., Thursday for a reason: It's one of the hottest political ad markets in the country. Its congressman, Scott Rigell, is out to change Washington's 'toxic mix of partisanship, no facts, weak ideas.'

  • Super Bowl ad makes New York Mayor Bloomberg gun control king

    The gun control movement has faltered in recent years. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has vowed to spend his own fortune to buck that trend, most notably with a Super Bowl ad.

  • Despite Ron Paul surge, tea party hopes on the ropes in Iowa

    As tea party support splinters along more traditional political lines, polls show that hopes for nominating a conservative outsider who embodies constitutional ideals have withered. The question now is whether tea partiers will embrace a more conventional presidential nominee.
    12/31/2011 11:52 am

  • Congress gives first inklings of compromise in budget stalemate

    In several subtle ways, congressional leaders gave signs Thursday that they were moving toward a compromise on federal spending to avoid a government shutdown April 8.
    03/31/2011 09:26 pm

  • Republicans vs. Republicans: When are federal budget cuts too deep?

    House Republican leadership wants to rein in the federal budget by $32 billion from current spending levels. But some of the rank-and-file want $100 billion in cuts – or more.
    02/08/2011 08:43 pm

  • Rep. Jane Harman resigns, thinning ranks of Democrats' Blue Dogs

    The Blue Dogs, conservative-leaning Democrats, were hit hard in Election 2010. The resignation of Rep. Jane Harman now deprives them of an influential member.
    02/07/2011 07:08 pm

  • Michele Bachmann, Rand Paul, and 8 others shaking up the new Congress

    With the Republican takeover of the House, the shortlist of lawmakers on the rise in both houses of Congress flips, too. Notable is the number of younger members to watch, especially those swept into prominence by the tea party surge. Because this House freshman class - 96 strong, including 87 Republicans - is the largest since 1992, those who speak for them, or claim to, have a leg up. So do those Democrats nimble enough to engage them. Here are ten to watch.
    01/31/2011 02:39 pm

  • Opinion Why most Americans are both liberal and conservative

    Ideologically, we favor small government. But practically, we defend big-government programs.
    01/27/2011 10:43 am

  • Aftermath of Arizona shooting: More guns in more hands?

    Despite gun control efforts in Congress in the wake of the Arizona shooting, it's unlikely that America will see more gun control laws. In fact, the opposite may happen, at least in Arizona.
    01/13/2011 05:58 pm

Doing Good

 

What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

 
 
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