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Baucus to China? The politics of Senate control

12/20/2013 1:13am
With control of the Senate at stake in next year's elections, President Barack Obama's decision to name retiring Democratic Sen. Max Baucus as ambassador to China sets off a chain reaction that could give the White House and Democrats an edge in preventing Republicans from gaining a Senate majority.

A diplomatic plum for 'Obamacare' designer, critic

12/20/2013 8:56am
Sen. Max Baucus, the Montana Democrat who helped Republican George W. Bush win sweeping tax cuts, led the design of President Barack Obama's health law and then correctly predicted it would be a "train wreck," is getting a diplomatic plum: Washington is shipping him to China.

Senate votes preliminary OK for Yellen to lead Fed

12/20/2013 9:55am
The Senate has cleared the way for Janet Yellen to succeed Ben Bernanke as head of the Federal Reserve.

Senate confirms turnaround specialist to head IRS

12/20/2013 11:25am
The Senate voted Friday to confirm a retired corporate and government turnaround specialist to head the Internal Revenue Service, an agency recovering from scandal as it gears up to play a big role in implementing the president's health care law.

A look at the $632.8 billion defense bill

12/20/2013 12:11pm
The comprehensive, $632.8 billion defense bill heading to President Barack Obama for his signature would crack down on sexual assault in the military, authorize combat pay for the troops and cover the cost of new ships, aircraft and weapons.

Obama orders military to review sexual assault

12/20/2013 12:26pm
President Barack Obama on Friday gave the military a one-year deadline to better prevent and respond to a wave of sexual assault in the ranks and warned that if progress isn't made, he will consider tougher reforms than those approved by Congress.

Oregon Sen. Wyden in line to lead finance panel

12/20/2013 3:18pm
The Democrat in line to chair the Senate's most powerful committee is a liberal Oregonian who has been an occasional thorn in the side of the intelligence community, the Obama administration and his own party.

Senate leader Harry Reid released from hospital

12/20/2013 4:52pm
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spent much of Friday in a hospital while suffering from exhaustion. He went home after doctors cleared him to return to work, his spokesman said.