Nancy Pelosi (Associated Press/Photo by Gerald Herbert)

Fight to the finish

Congress | Democrats narrowly pass a landmark energy reform bill Friday, despite Republicans staunchly opposing it
by Jacob Parrish
Posted 6/27/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-After an intense all-day battle on Capitol Hill, House Democrats narrowly passed an ambitious climate-change bill late Friday, overcoming a huge hurdle on the way toward regulating greenhouse gas emission in the United States. The bill passed 219 to 212, with 44 Democrats opposing it and eight Republicans crossing party lines to support it.

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Associated Press/Photo by Gerald Herbert

Summer showdowns

Congress | Democrats, comfortable in their majority status, push forward while Republicans try to slow down the health care and Sotomayor trains
by Edward Lee Pitts
Posted 6/10/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-Democrats have spent this week arguing that the clock is ticking on two of the biggest issues before Congress this summer: health care reform and the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

But as Democratic leaders set deadlines for tackling both big ticket items, Republicans have wasted no time in firing back that they need more time.

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Gitmo detainees pray (AP/Photo by Brennan Linsley)

No, for now

Congress | The Senate joins the House in stripping out the $80 million requested by President Obama to close down Guantanamo Bay
by Emily Belz
Posted 5/20/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-Senate Democrats Wednesday refused to help President Obama fulfill one of his top promises of his early presidency-to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.

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