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Daschle tapped as HHS secretary

Former Senate majority leader was a close adviser to Obama throughout the campaign.

Senators aim to confirm bailout watchdog by end of week

Banking Committee chairman said he hopes to approve special inspector general by unanimous consent.

Waxman edges Dingell in Democratic steering panel vote

The final vote by the full Democratic Caucus is scheduled for Thursday morning.

States get more sway in environmental rulemaking

Agency lowers bar for consultation, requiring state and local input on any federal regulation estimated to cost $25 million or more.

Learn Or Languish

The GOP's focus on social, cultural, and religious issues cost its candidates dearly among upscale voters.

Lieberman keeps government reform panel chairmanship

Connecticut senator must give up leadership of Environment and Public Works subcommittee.

Panel Democrats will probe charges from FDA scientists

Employees claim they were intimidated into changing scientific reviews and recommendations to obscure unscientific data and legal violations.

Navy secretary urges new 'quality culture' in shipbuilding

Goals include reducing a high level of turnover at production facilities and improving training, supervision and inspections.

House Democrats may prepare omnibus bill for January

Goal is to have the nine remaining fiscal 2009 bills ready for Obama to sign shortly after he is inaugurated.


Obama expected to name Peter Orszag OMB director

The Congressional Budget Office chief was an economic adviser in the Clinton administration.