ABC News reported on December 16 that with the bill extending the Bush-era tax cuts having been passed by the Senate and headed to the House, Senators are now set to consider ratification of the START treaty, as well as passage of the omnibus spending bill to fund the government for the next year.

Today, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the tax cut extensions approved by the Senate yesterday by a vote of 81 to 19. The House has allotted three hours for general debate and is expected to introduce a single amendment to the bill, one that would change the estate tax provision of the bill, believed to be �too generous� to the rich. While the House of Representatives is hammering out the details of the tax cut legislation, the Senate begins debate on the START treaty.

Authorities in Massachusetts have been investigating the death of a Charlotte, North Carolina teenager, whose shirtless, shoeless, traumatized body was found last November 15 on a street in Milton, Massachusetts, a suburb south of Boston. Delvonte Tisdale, 16, was discovered about 9:30 p.m. on Brierbrook Street. Neighbors claimed to have heard a crashing noise around 9:00 p.m.

American soldier in AfghanistanThe Obama administration plans to release a review of U.S. policies in Afghanistan and Pakistan on December 16. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said on Tuesday that “the report will not contain any surprises,” according to Voice of America — which is to say that it will simply rehash the administration’s public position that Obama’s strategies are succeeding. “Gibbs,” added VOA, “says the administration is pleased with progress in several areas,” and “he has no doubt that the war effort is going better than it was a year ago.”

soldiersThe House of Representatives voted 250 to 175 today to repeal the 17-year-old military policy “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT). The legislation once again moves back to the Senate, where a vote is expected to take place sometime next week, at the very earliest if at all, report Senate aides.

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