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October 9, 2007 | Richard Simon, Times Staff Writer
Congressional Democrats have found an unexpected ally in their budget showdown with President Bush: Republicans. The president is pushing to cut and even eliminate some popular domestic programs that pump billions of dollars into the states. Many congressional Republicans, wary of the potential fallout from the loss of funds, have joined Democrats to oppose the cuts. California alone has hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.
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SPORTS
September 13, 2007 | From the Associated Press
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and union chief Gene Upshaw plan to testify Tuesday at a Senate hearing on the NFL's retirement system and the problems for former players who are disabled from injuries. Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) will lead the hearings before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Other witnesses will include former Chicago coach and tight end Mike Ditka and Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers.
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September 11, 2007 | Noam N. Levey and Richard Simon, Times Staff Writers
With his proposal to end the troop "surge" by next summer, the top U.S. commander in Iraq may have upended the debate in the Capitol, causing both parties to recalibrate their positions. Democrats, who have been struggling all year to force President Bush to begin pulling troops out of Iraq, now face the prospect that he will agree with Army Gen. David H. Petraeus and do just that.
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September 7, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. military should reduce its "footprint' in Iraq to counter the impression that it is an occupying force, a prominent retired Marine general said Thursday in congressional testimony that challenged the case for continuing the troop increase backed by the White House. Just days before the U.S. military commander in Iraq is expected to provide a much more upbeat assessment to Congress, Gen. James L. Jones said the high-profile presence of U.S.
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September 4, 2007 | Richard Simon, Times Staff Writer
With lawmakers returning today from their summer recess, the Democratic-controlled Congress and the White House are headed for what could be the biggest budget fight in more than a decade -- and both sides are relishing it. "There is going to be a big showdown," said Robert L. Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition, a budget watchdog group, "because both sides believe they have something to gain politically. I don't get the sense that either side is interested in compromise."
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August 20, 2007 | Peter G. Gosselin, Times Staff Writer
washington -- Just a day after Senate Republicans took the lead in scuttling an overhaul of U.S. immigration laws, House Democrats stiff-armed the Bush administration's largest-ever trade deal and declared they would deny the White House the authority it needs to cut more deals.
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August 6, 2007 | Noam N. Levey, Times Staff Writer
As the House of Representatives lurched through its last rancorous hours over the weekend, there was much talk of shame and disappointment about the bitter partisanship that seemed to consume Congress ahead of its summer break. But there were few real tears in the Capitol for the current state of affairs.
BUSINESS
August 4, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Congressional investigators plan to look into whether Yahoo Inc. executives misrepresented the Internet company's role in the arrest of a Chinese journalist sentenced to a decade in prison. Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Burlingame), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, ordered the investigation after a human rights group raised questions about what Yahoo knew when it shared information with authorities about Shi Tao.
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August 4, 2007 | Noam N. Levey and Nicole Gaouette, Times Staff Writers
The lights went out. The House voting machine crashed. And partisan battling exploded Friday on Capitol Hill, stalling key legislation and casting a lengthening shadow over Democrats' first year of total majority rule since 1994. Throughout what was to be the last day before the summer recess, Democratic leaders scrambled to pass bills to shift U.S. energy policy, authorize surveillance of terrorism suspects and fund the Defense Department for the next fiscal year.
BUSINESS
July 29, 2007 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
Scott Giordano didn't know his identity had been stolen until he decided in 2005 to move to take a new job. He'd put a down payment on a house and quit his job as a San Bernardino firefighter before hearing that he'd failed a background check conducted by the employer that wanted to hire him. The reason: There were nine people, in different parts of the country, employed under his Social Security number.
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