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Dan Friedman


Shape of a fiscal cliff deal emerges

Democrats hope their bill can serve as a 'down payment' this year.


Obama meets with Senate majority leader on fiscal cliff

Discussions also addressed a cybersecurity bill Democrats want to advance.


Lawmakers confident on deficit deal but differ on the details

Republicans say new tax revenues are on the table -- from the elimination of some deductions.


Analysis: Expect more of the same from the 113th Congress

If you didn’t like the 112th Congress, you'll hate the 113th.


Democrats poised to retain control of Senate

ABC News and NBC News called Maine's Senate race for former Gov. Angus King, an independent.


Long list of unfinished Senate business includes defense policy bill

Staff of Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has taken an inventory.


Sen. McCaskill veterans' event irks legionaires

Nonpartisan legion said they did not know beforehand that the event would be political.


Senate likely to punt on spending bills until November

Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., blames House Republicans for setting lower spending cap.

Pay & Benefits

Stopgap highway bill leaves pension provisions in limbo

Senate passes a 90-day extension, putting off debate on longer-term measures that could affect federal retirement.


Congress votes to curb insider trading, require federal employee disclosure

Final language applies to a smaller group of top officials than a previous Senate version.


Republicans to ask Justice about Obama's recess appointments

Sen. Grassley prepares letter asking the attorney general if the White House sought his agency's legal advice.


Senate strikes deal on short term payroll tax cut package

Senators also agreed to back massive spending measure funding most agencies for 2012.


Deal reached to avert government shutdown

Democrats sign off on appropriations package after witholding support to gain leverage in debate over payroll tax holiday extension.


Congress now shooting for weekend wrap-up

If lawmakers' optimism proves founded, then they will avoid a partial government shutdown for the third time this year.


Another legislative standoff looms

Democrats say they'd make Republicans regret leaving for Christmas without a deal on extending the payroll tax holiday.


Aides: Kerry deficit proposal on table; failure announcement still expected

Prewritten news releases announcing the super committee's failure are on hold pending a GOP review of the Democratic offer.


GOP aide mocks Democrats' super proposal

Document says 'Only a Democrat would think you can pick up $350 billion from miscellany.'