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  • Robert Gates: Defense Secretary's exit interview

    Robert Gates: Defense Secretary's exit interview

    Robert Gates will retire this month as the US Defense Secretary. In his 45-year career, he's served under eight presidents. In a Newsweek interview, Gates discusses Hilary Clinton, Osama bin Laden's death, and emerging US isolationism.

  • How can Congress cut $2.4 trillion? Here are three places to start.

    How can Congress cut $2.4 trillion? Here are three places to start.

    As an Aug. 2 deadline for raising the debt ceiling nears, Congress is getting serious about where to find major spending cuts. Republicans have vowed not to support a potential $2.4 trillion increase to the debt ceiling unless they get an equal amount of budget savings to offset the increase. Finding $2.4 trillion in spending cuts is not easy, but Congress's search is beginning to show some signs of promise. In particular, three programs long protected by big, bipartisan majorities in the past now appear vulnerable.

  • In Pictures Mormons in politics

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) of Nevada meets with the media after the Democratic policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 7. Mr. Reid was raised agnostic and converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while he was a college student.

  • Why such a warm reception for Benjamin Netanyahu at US Congress?

    Why such a warm reception for Benjamin Netanyahu at US Congress?

    Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu drew a line in the sand Tuesday during his speech to the US Congress, regarding future borders with any new Palestinian state. The applause was enthusiastic.

  • Reform Social Security now? Demographics of electorate say yes.

    Reform Social Security now? Demographics of electorate say yes.

    Republicans and Democrats seem to be talking past each other on Social Security. Republicans are unwilling to consider tax increases, and Democrats don't want to cut benefits.

  • Oil CEOs warn senators of downside to axing industry tax breaks

    Oil CEOs warn senators of downside to axing industry tax breaks

    Five oil CEOs testified Thursday that a Senate bill to shrink their companies' tax breaks would mean less domestic oil production and higher gasoline prices. Democrats cite firms' big profits.

  • Budget stalemate: Why America won't raise taxes

    Budget stalemate: Why America won't raise taxes

    Budget stalemate has many on Capitol Hill crunching numbers. With any new budget, taxes may be the real third rail of politics. Can the U.S. solve its fiscal woes without more revenue?

  • Patent law: Congress eyes major overhaul

    Patent law: Congress eyes major overhaul

    Patent law currently grants patents to the first person to invent something. Under a Senate reform bill, patent law would recognize the first person to file a patent.

  • Wisconsin protests: why 'week of rage' matters to rest of America

    Wisconsin protests: why 'week of rage' matters to rest of America

    Wisconsin protests at the state Capitol pit a new wave of tea party-inspired Republicans against Democrats defending their most cherished ideals. It's a political drama that echoes across the country and could play out again across the newly 'red' Midwest.

  • Unemployment 101: Who pays for jobless benefits, anyway?

    Unemployment 101: Who pays for jobless benefits, anyway?

    Employers pay state and federal taxes to cover all those unemployment checks. But with unemployment at 9 percent, those taxes aren't enough, leaving some states in dire straits.