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Jobless Bill Stalls in Senate

Legislation to resurrect long-term jobless legislation stalled in the Senate on Thursday, triggering angry recriminations from both sides of the political aisle.

Here's Why Gun Control Keeps Failing: Influence vs. Stamina

Recently, Appinions, an influence marketing company, released an infographic that helps explain the mechanics of the gun debate -- most notably, how the focus and devotion of the pro-gun lobby consistently trump the efforts of gun control advocates. Take a peek:

Fiscal Cliff Talks Appear to Be Stalled

Despite an intensifying pace, little progress is being reported in talks on averting automatic spending cuts and tax increases that economists fear could send the U.S. economy off a "fiscal cliff."

Elizabeth Warren Likely Headed to Senate Banking Panel

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants Massachusetts Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren to join the Banking Committee. A Senate Democratic official confirmed Tuesday that Warren's appointment was likely, but cautioned nothing was final until the Democratic caucus approves the move.

Stock Futures Moving Higher as Budget Talks Proceed

U.S. stock futures are moving higher on optimism over a deal on the U.S. budget ahead of a high-level meeting between the Treasury chief and Senate leaders, as well as improving unemployment and economic growth numbers.

Senate Set for Symbolic Showdown on Tax Cuts

The Senate is bracing for a tax-cut showdown that is all about Democrats and Republicans showing voters their differences over taxing the well-off while accusing each other of threatening to shove the government over a fiscal cliff.

Senate Unveils Total Cost of Tax Deal

The Senate presented the final price tag of $858 billion for President Obama%u2019s tax deal Republican leaders and began debating the package Thursday night. The Senate aims to vote on the bill Monday, a week after it was first announced, The Wall Street Journal reported. It is expected to clear the Senate, with backers including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who had previously expressed reservations.

Obama to Work With Congress on Tax-Cut Agreement

President Barack Obama, who has disagreed with Republican Congress members on whether to extend George W. Bush-era tax cuts for wealthier Americans beyond this year, said Tuesday that he will work with U.S. senators on finding some sort of tax-policy agreement by the end of the year.

Bush Tax Cuts: No Senate Vote Before Nov. Election

The Senate will not vote on extending any of the Bush-era tax cuts until after the November election. "Democrats believe we must permanently extend tax cuts for the middle-class before they expire at the end of the year, and we will," Jim Manley, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Reid said in an e-mail, Reuters reported.

GOP Senators Block Small Business Bill

Senate Republicans blocked a final vote on a bill to provide aid for small businesses Thursday in the latest example of the GOP using procedural tactics to stymie President Barack Obama's election-year agenda. Each side accused the other of turning the issue into a political football.

New Senator Could Change Unemployment Vote

The appointment of 36-year-old Carte Goodwin to succeed the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd appears to give Senate Democrats the 60 votes they need to defeat a GOP filibuster and pass an extension of unemployment insurance.