Gas prices are approaching $4 a gallon and oil prices are above $100 a barrel, leading politicians in Washington and statehouses to propose a flurry of legislation. Some proposals strive to quell voter angst while others might balance budgets by raising gas prices. Meanwhile, wind, biofuel, nuclear, and oil industries are lobbying Congress to support more domestic energy production. Many of the proposals are longer-range and thus unlikely to affect short-term gas prices, energy economists say.
Joe Miller says he is withdrawing his objection to the certification of Lisa Murkowski so that Alaska can have its full delegation seated next month.
Eight Republicans joined Democrats to vote for an end to the 1993 'don't ask, don't tell' law banning gay troops from serving openly. Proponents compare it to ending racial segregation in the military.
Last week, Senate Republicans blocked a repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell.' Now the House has passed the repeal in a different form. But the result in the Senate could be the same.
A state judge has dismissed Joe Miller’s complaint that misspelled write-in votes for Lisa Murkowski should be tossed out. If the ruling stands, it's a blow to the tea party and Sarah Palin.
By blocking a repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell,' Senate Republicans have not killed the issue for good. But it is a major blow that Democrats could have difficulty overcoming.
After laborious vote counting, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski appears to have won her write-in campaign against tea party favorite Joe Miller. But Miller is challenging the vote count in court.
Earmarks have been abandoned by most congressional Republicans, pushed by results from the midterm elections. Senate Democrats will have a difficult time supporting earmarks, both now in the lame duck session and next year.
Lawyers for Joe Miller, the tea party-backed US Senate candidate from Alaska, have sued to keep election officials from inferring the intent of voters who misspell write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski's name.