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US President Barack Obama attends an East Asian Summit Plenary Session at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh last month.
US President Barack Obama attends an East Asian Summit Plenary Session at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh last month.
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The fiscal cliff isn’t the only showdown threatening Washington. Democrats are considering reforming the Senate’s filibuster rules, and possibly forcing Republicans to actually show up and actually filibuster—that is, take to the floor for non-stop talk-athons a la Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. And it’s a move that Republicans say would “destroy” the upper chamber.

Are Republicans signaling their willingness to accept Susan Rice as a potential replacement for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton?

John McCain says the Republican party should leave the issue of abortion alone.

More Republicans say they’re willing to ditch Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge.

Mideast Shocker: Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak—who’s seen as a moderating force on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu—is quitting politics.

What’s next for Jesse Jackson, Jr., who quit his seat in Congress last week amid health and legal troubles?

Are Texans really serious about secession?

Look out for more partisan agendas across the country, as state governments in at least 37 states will now be controlled by single parties.

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