Billy Tauzin, former congressman and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, in a 2008 file photo.
December 1, 2010 The drug industry's main trade group spent at least $101.2 million in 2009 on advocacy efforts during the contentious health care overhaul debate. A lot of the money went to lobbying and TV ads in favor of the law, but some went to its foes.
December 1, 2010 Republican senators sent a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid, saying they will block all legislation until all the Bush-era tax cuts are extended, and until the Senate passes legislation to fund the government. Reid said the GOP has put in writing the "obstruct and delay" policy it has pursued all year. Meanwhile, tax talks continued behind closed doors, and Reid sought to move forward on legislation such as the DREAM Act, which would give the children of illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.
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December 1, 2010 NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Sen. Judd Gregg, a New Hampshire Republican, about his support of the deficit commission's recommendations.
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December 1, 2010 The president's bipartisan debt commission met Wednesday. While they postponed the vote on the final proposal, panel members began staking out their positions.
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December 1, 2010 A proposal to merge Medicare's annual deductibles for hospital care and doctor visits would shift more costs to seniors. More people would be on the hook for the combined deductible. And another proposal would limit help from Medigap coverage.
December 1, 2010 Bipartisanship is getting harder and harder to find on Capitol Hill, and in political conversations across the nation. A new group called the "No Labels" is bucking the trend. Founding leader Bill Galston talks about the search for common ground in government.
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December 1, 2010 Can politicians put their ideological labels aside for the betterment of the nation? David Frum thinks so. He's the special guest in the Political Junkie segment in today's TOTN.
The co-chairmen of President Obama's bipartisan debt commission, former Sen. Alan Simpson (left) of Wyoming and Democrat Erskine Bowles, met with the media on Capitol Hill.
December 1, 2010 Sens. Kent Conrad and Judd Gregg are the first two elected officials to endorse the new cost-slashing proposal submitted by the co-chairmen of President Obama's debt commission. A final vote is expected Friday.
December 1, 2010 The Senate GOP warned Sen. Reid they will filibuster all bills except those for tax cuts and debt.
December 1, 2010 Taylor Jones and R.J. Matson wonder if DADT really means Don't Accept Data is Trustworthy.
December 1, 2010 President Obama's bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform is meeting Wednesday to unveil its plan to dramatically cut the deficit.
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December 1, 2010 Rumors have circled about a possible primary challenge to President Obama since the 2008 elections. But Ed Kilgore of The New Republic says that won't happen. The president's approval ratings among Democrats are just too high.
December 1, 2010 Michael Steele, the chairman of the Republican National Committee might not be in his position much longer, argues Jim Geraghty of National Review. Two well known candidates are vying for the job, and each look more promising than the incumbent.
December 1, 2010 The release of a Pentagon study could influence the debate on "don't ask, don't tell." That's the policy banning gays from serving openly in the military. A large majority of those surveyed -- more than two-thirds -- said they would not have a problem serving with openly gay troops.
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December 1, 2010 This was supposed to be the day that President Obama's deficit commission voted on a plan to make dramatic cuts in the deficit. But the vote has been postponed until Friday, so the 18 members of the panel can discuss a final proposal developed by the commission's co-chairmen.
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