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My tally is in my head rather than on my laptop. Not being a high-flying politician, I guess my enemies are fewer and easier to remember than hers are.

Democrat veteran's death threatens to derail President's landmark finance Bill

Washington is mourning Robert Byrd, the longest-serving senator in US history and unswerving defender of Congress and its constitutional prerogatives, who died yesterday at the age of 92.

Petraeus collapses at Senate hearing

The general who oversees the war in Iraq and Afghanistan slumped at the witness table yesterday while testifying at a US Senate hearing.

Rupert Cornwell: Heads roll as voters play 'kick the incumbent'

Out of America: Politicians who've been secure for decades are feeling extremely vulnerable as mid-term primaries point them to the exit

Patience on Capitol Hill runs dry as firms try to shift blame for oil leak

Top executives from BP and two other companies involved in the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico last month were chastised repeatedly yesterday at a key US Senate hearing for attempting at the outset to shift blame for the disaster to one another.

Ex-minister is found guilty of corruption

A senator and former interior minister was convicted of corruption while in office and given a one-year suspended jail sentence yesterday.

Nigerian Senator 'married 13-year-old girl'

Members of the Nigerian Parliament began an investigation yesterday into whether a 49-year-old senator illegally married an underage girl – a crime punishable by up to five years in jail.

Obama's climate-change bill stymied by bipartisan quarrel

Prospects for an early international agreement to tackle climate change have suffered a major setback, as a US plan to cut carbon emissions descended into partisan bickering.

Czech court endorses EU reform treaty

A Czech court ruled today that the EU reform treaty is in line with the country's constitution, removing the proposed charter's last legal hurdle and intensifying pressure on President Vaclav Klaus to sign the document already ratified by the other member nations.

Haitian senators dismiss PM

Prime Minister Michele Pierre-Louis was removed from office by the Haitian Senate last night in a move that could imperil efforts to attract foreign investment to the impoverished country.

Kennedy mourned with tears and tales of gratitude

Thousands queue to pay respects to the Lion of the Senate in his flag-drapped casket. David Usborne reports from Boston

Washington ponders impact of Kennedy death on health reform

The death of Edward Kennedy has left politicians in Washington pondering what impact the removal of one of health care reform's greatest advocates will have on an increasingly bitter debate.

Robin Scott-Elliot: Round-ball punditry turns on its Axis and stands still

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Girl, 2, thrown out of Australia's Senate

The ejection from Australia's Senate of a member's two-year-old daughter, who subsequently screamed in distress, ignited a national debate today about whether parents should take their children to work.

Senator admits affair with campaign staff member

Senator John Ensign of Nevada, a conservative Republican with evident presidential ambitions, abruptly announced he carried on an extramarital affair for much of last year with a woman on his campaign staff, a confession that jarred his scandal-weary state as well as his party.

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