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Jim Hubbard, deputy chief of the Forest Service, testified that Western states in particular need to prevent large wildfires as temperatures rise and droughts become more severe.

For every dollar the government spends preventing wildfire damage, it could save cash-strapped agencies like the Forest Service another $5 on fighting increasingly large fires, a Senate committee was told Tuesday. Read more»

The full text of the immigration reform bill released by the Gang of 8: "Our immigration system is broken and it is time for a national conversation about how to fix it. We believe common-sense immigration reform is vital in order to secure America's borders, advance our economic growth, and provide fuller access to the American dream." Read more»

McCain speaks to reporters after a border tour, with Schumer, Bennet and Flake.

"We need to control the flow of people before we can bring people out of the shadows," N.Y. Sen. Chuck Schumer said after a tour of the U.S.-Mexico border Wednesday. A bipartisan group of senators called for more high-tech enforcement, but wouldn't offer specifics on how to measure border security. Read more» 5

A November demonstration for immigration reform.

Immigration reform is near, according to a bipartisan group of senators who say they now agree on basic principles — though it's still unclear what those principles are. A news conference slated for Monday will reportedly address a broad range of immigration issues, including border security and a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. Read more» 1

GOP lawmakers are considering using their new posts in powerful House committees to "go after President Obama's health care overhaul, and they're focusing on questions uppermost in the minds of consumers: What's it going to cost? Can I keep the coverage I have if I like it?" Read more»

Many Democrats, concerned that voters view health care reform in a negative light, continue to not mention it. Republicans, predicted to take control of the House and increase their ranks in the Senate, continue to criticize the law as too large and too expensive. Read more»

U.S. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona

Democrats are running misleading ads in several House and Senate races accusing Republicans of supporting a "23 percent national sales tax." Read more»

In race after race, Democrats running for Congress are using their opponents’ criticisms of Social Security against them — sometimes accurately, and sometimes not. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' clip of Jesse Kelly doesn't tell the whole story. Read more»