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Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would like to increase the amount of troops left in Afghanistan after the 2014 withdrawal. (Photo credit KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Sen. McConnell Looks To Expand Troops In Afghanistan After 2014 Withdrawal

The United States should keep a residual force of about 10,000 in Afghanistan after combat forces leave at the end of 2014, the Senate Republican leader said Monday after a series of meeting with military leaders in the country.


Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks to the media during her weekly news conference, on Jan. 4, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Pelosi: I Would Use 14th Amendment To Automatically Raise Debt Ceiling

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says she would use the 14th Amendment to automatically raise the debt ceiling if she were president.


Former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel is President Obama's pick for defense secretary. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Obama Picks Former GOP Sen. Hagel For Defense Secretary

Former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel is President Barack Obama’s pick to be the next defense secretary.


Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee ranking member Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., questions a witness during a committee hearing on Capitol Hill on June 9, 2011 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Shelby: Republicans Who Voted For Fiscal Cliff Bill ‘Will Rue The Day’

Republicans in Congress who took the politically risky step of voting to raise taxes now find themselves trying to fend off potential primary challenges next year from angry conservatives.


Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., leaves the Senate floor and walks back to his office, on Capitol Hill on Dec. 31, 2012 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

McConnell: Obama Refuses ‘To Lead On The Pressing Issues Of The Day’

A new Congress opened for business Thursday to confront long-festering national problems, deficits and immigration among them, in an intensely partisan and crisis-driven era of divided government. “The American dream is in peril,” said House Speaker John Boehner, re-elected to his post despite a mini-revolt in Republican ranks.


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., leaves the Senate Chamber and heads to a meeting with Senate Democrats on Capitol Hill on Dec. 30, 2012 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Report: Reid Burns Obama Fiscal Cliff Proposal Hours Before Senate Vote

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was so upset with President Obama’s proposed “fiscal cliff” deal to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that he burned it.


A senior Democrat says there are enough votes in the Senate to pass a bill to protect reporters and the news media from having to reveal confidential sources.  (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Schumer: ‘Odds Are Better Than People Think’ Fiscal Cliff Deal Gets Done

A Senate Democrat says he believes “odds are better than people think” that a deal can be reached to avoid automatic tax increases and spending cuts next week.


Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks toward his office after speaking on the Senate Floor on Capitol Hill on Dec. 27, 2012 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

McConnell: ‘The Phone Never Rang’ To Get Fiscal Cliff Deal Done

A deadline looming, President Barack Obama will meet with congressional leaders at the White House on Friday in search of a compromise to avoid a year-end “fiscal cliff” of across-the-board tax increases and deep spending cuts.


Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) walks to the House chamber to speak on the pending "fiscal cliff" negotiations on Dec. 11, 2012 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Boehner: ‘Let’s Be Honest … We’re Broke’

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell insisted on Tuesday that President Barack Obama and Democrats spell out where they would cut government spending as part of any massive budget deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff” double hit of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts.


Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) reminded GOP leaders to hold strong on their anti-tax oaths and reject deductions. (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages)

Sen. Paul Reminds GOP To Reject Any New Tax Revenue

As several GOP leaders agreed to close loopholes and deductions to increase tax revenue, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul reminded them that they are breaking their oath against raising any taxes.