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April 11, 2008 | Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
Senators warned Thursday that Congress would not allow the Bush administration to complete pending security agreements with Iraq without lawmakers' approval, because of concerns that the pacts would tie the hands of the next president. The administration is negotiating two agreements with Iraq -- over long-term security strategy and over rules for activities of the U.S. military.
April 6, 2008 | Peter Spiegel and Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writers
The weeklong cavalcade that will accompany Army Gen. David H. Petraeus' return to Washington on Tuesday will look much like his pivotal visit last September: formal testimony, talk show appearances, and lots of charts and graphs. But this time, the Iraq commander's presentation to Congress collides head-on with a raging presidential campaign and two Democratic candidates demanding almost the opposite of his advice. The change could prove jarring.
March 13, 2008 | Kevin Drawbaugh and Lisa Lambert, Reuters
Moody's Investors Service plans to rate municipal debt on the same scale used to grade corporate bonds if such treatment is requested by a government issuer, a Moody's executive told a House committee Wednesday. State treasurers and municipal bond issuers have argued that billions of dollars in interest and insurance costs could be saved by city and state governments if bond rating firms used a unified rating system for municipal and corporate debt. According to Municipal Market Advisors, corporate bonds with AAA ratings, the highest available, have defaulted at 10 times the rate of municipal bonds rated A, a much lower grade.
March 13, 2008 | Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writer
Congress is considering permanent protection for 26 million acres of beautiful and historic landscapes in the American West, but has quietly excluded millions of acres of California desert.
January 27, 2008 | Noam N. Levey, Times Staff Writer
To a crescendo of clicking cameras, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stepped before a row of shimmering U.S. flags last March to make an announcement Americans had been waiting four months to hear. November's elections had swept Democrats into power on a wave of frustration with the Iraq war. Now, flanked by three committee chairmen in her ceremonial Capitol office, the San Francisco congresswoman prepared to unveil the party's plan to bring the troops home.
January 21, 2008 | Nicole Gaouette, Times Staff Writer
Congress and the White House could deliver by March 1 an economic rescue package meant to stave off a full-blown recession, a senior Democratic lawmaker said Sunday. Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, said Democrats and the administration agreed the stimulus package should include tax relief for middle-income families. He also indicated that the final plan could include business tax cuts and spending incentives for the unemployed.
January 16, 2008 | Richard Simon, Times Staff Writer
WASHINGTON -- A congressional committee exploring baseball's steroids scandal asked the Justice Department on Tuesday to investigate whether shortstop Miguel Tejada lied in denying he used performance-enhancing drugs as lawmakers ratcheted up pressure on Major League Baseball to clean up its act or face possible legislative action.
January 8, 2008 | Maura Reynolds and P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writers
As signals of a weakening economy grow louder, the Bush administration and congressional Democrats are considering new measures, including a fresh round of tax cuts, designed to stave off recession. But while both sides of Washington's policy debate appear to favor some kind of tax-cut package to spur economic growth, there is little sign that they are near agreement on what kind of cuts should go to whom.
January 5, 2008 | Lance Pugmire and Richard Simon, Times Staff Writers
Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte and their former strength coach Brian McNamee were asked Friday to testify Jan. 16 before a congressional committee exploring performance-enhancing drug use in baseball. Former New York Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski, whose allegations were a central part of last month's report by former Sen. George Mitchell on doping in baseball, also was invited to appear before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chaired by Rep.
December 23, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Rep. Julia Carson was remembered at her funeral as a woman who rose from poverty to the halls of Congress and fought tirelessly for the poor. The 2,200-seat Eastern Star Church was nearly full with those who wanted to honor the six-term Democratic congresswoman, who died of cancer Dec. 15 at age 69. Members of Congress, Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels and Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan all said Carson, the daughter of a housekeeper, never forgot where she came from.
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