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Obama chooses Daschle for HHS

Posted: 12/11/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama has chosen former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle to be his secretary of Health and Human Services.

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Obama confident staff clear in Ill. gov scandal

Posted: 12/11/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama says he's confident that no member of his staff was involved in discussing deals for his Senate seat with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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Etheridge to join powerful US House panel

Posted: 12/11/2008 - U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge says he'll be on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee when Congress' new session begins next month.

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House bill provides relief for pension funds

Posted: 12/11/2008 - The House has voted to extend relief to employers facing billions of dollars in increased payments to pension funds at a time when the market has undermined the funds' value.

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Top Senate Democrat: Auto bailout votes on track

Posted: 12/11/2008 - The top Democrat in the Senate says a vote will be taken as early as Thursday afternoon on a $14 billion bailout for the U.S. auto industry that faces stiff Republican opposition.

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Tenn. budget crunch calls for 20 percent cuts

Posted: 12/11/2008 - Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen says a budget shortfall that is now expected to reach $1 billion will require cutting up to 20 percent out of most state department's spending plans.

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Ill. lawmakers can't move up action on Senate seat

Posted: 12/10/2008 - Illinois lawmakers won't meet until next week to consider removing his power to fill the seat despite worries about Gov. Rod Blagojevich's plans for a vacant U.S. Senate seat.

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Attorney: US Rep. Jesse Jackson is 'Candidate 5'

Posted: 12/10/2008 - A lawyer for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says the congressman is the "Senate Candidate 5" mentioned in the federal corruption complaint against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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EPA drops rule easing power plants rules

Posted: 12/10/2008 - The Bush administration is scrapping plans to make it easier for older coal-fired power plants to upgrade without installing new pollution controls.

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Republican senators voice opposition to auto aid

Posted: 12/10/2008 - Senate Republicans say they have grave concerns about the agreement between congressional Democrats and the Bush White House to speed billions of dollars to struggling U.S. automakers.

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Senate Dems urge Ill. gov not to make appointment

Posted: 12/10/2008 - Senate Democrats are warning Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich not to name a replacement for President-elect Barack Obama, hinting they may refuse to allow his choice to take the Senate seat.

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Federal deficit totals $164.4B in November

Posted: 12/10/2008 - The federal government registered a record budget deficit for the month of November, reflecting the impact of a recession on tax receipts and the mounting costs of the $700 billion financial rescue program.

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