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Arizona's Rep. Pastor, A Democrat, Won't Seek Reelection

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 2:24pm

He's held his seat in the House of Representatives since 1991. But today Rep. Ed Pastor, 70, said it was time for him "to seek out a new endeavor."

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Pentagon Cuts Promise Political Pain

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:18pm

Cutting defense spending is about as popular as proposing Social Security cuts. In other words, not very. But it must be done despite the politics, say officials who have helped close military bases.

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Pentagon Cuts Promise Political Pain

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:18pm

Cutting defense spending is about as popular as proposing Social Security cuts. In other words, not very. But it must be done despite the politics, say two who helped close military bases before.

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Obama To Launch Initiative To Help Young Black, Latino Men

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 4:00am

The program is to encourage young African American and Latino males facing a difficult environment and hard choices. The president is once again wading into turbulent racial waters.

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FBI's Abscam Videos Are As Unbelievable As 'American Hustle'

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 4:00am

The Oscar contender is loosely based on the Abscam sting, which nailed a senator and six House members on corruption charges. The FBI videotaped some Hollywood-worthy scenes.

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Overhaul Of A FEMA Program Has Homeowners Calling Congress

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 2:26am

In 2012, Congress approved changes to the federal flood insurance program to help get it out of debt. But lawmakers might undo that now, since one result has been dramatically increasing premiums.

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Debbie Dingell Poised To Keep U.S. House Seat In The Family

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 5:31pm

Despite Rep. John Dingell's assertion that he and his wife "are coming home" when he retires at the end of the year, Debbie Dingell is expected to announce Friday her intention to run for his seat.

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After Days Of Deliberation, Controversial Ariz. Bill Is Vetoed

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 3:00pm

A bill passed last week by Arizona lawmakers would have allowed business owners to refuse service to gays and lesbians on the basis of religious beliefs. Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the bill on Wednesday.

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Rep. David Camp Releases Tax Overhaul Plan

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 3:00pm

Rep. Dave Camp, who heads the Ways and Means Committee, is releasing a tax overhaul plan that would simplify the tax code. But even fellow Republicans are skeptical about its prospects.

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Swiss Bank Finds Itself Under American Scrutiny

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 3:00pm

Credit Suisse has been accused by senators of helping American clients hide assets from the IRS. The Swiss bank's top executives are answering the allegations in a congressional hearing on Wednesday.

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Supreme Court Allows Stanford Ponzi Scheme Suits To Go Forward

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 1:21pm

The high court agreed with investors who lost billions in a massive fraud perpetrated by tycoon Allen Stanford. By a 7-to-2 vote, the justices allowed their state class action suits to go forward.

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Lobbyists Amp Up Efforts To Sell Washington On E-Cigarettes

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 9:52am

As they wait for the Food and Drug Administration to propose regulations for the nascent e-cigarette industry, lobbyists frame the product as way to move tobacco smokers "down ladder of risk."

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Lobbyists Amp Up Efforts To Sell Washington On E-Cigarettes

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 9:52am

As they wait for the Food and Drug Administration to propose regulations for the nascent e-cigarette industry, lobbyists frame the product as way to move tobacco smokers "down ladder of risk."

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Davis, Abbott Expected To Win Texas Gubernatorial Primary

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 4:00am

State Senator Wendy Davis is the Democratic hopeful. She's challenging Republican Greg Abbott, the state's attorney general. Both are expected to easily win their primaries.

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Obama And Boehner Relationship Anything But Solid

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 6:48pm

The president and the House speaker have had few face-to-face meetings, and their relationship has more often been marked by angry finger-pointing.

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Black Senators Talk — And Make — History

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 6:16pm

To mark Black History Month, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott brought five current and former African-American senators together for a historic event at the Library of Congress.

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Chris Christie's Sandy Problem

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 4:00pm

The New Jersey governor may be grabbing national headlines for the Bridgegate scandal, but it's the slow Superstorm Sandy recovery that's causing him headaches back home.

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Before Lawmakers, Former Inmates Tell Their Stories

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 3:00pm

Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin is calling on federal and state prisons to ban solitary confinement for juveniles, pregnant women and the mentally ill. He held a hearing in Washington on Tuesday.

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Amid Controversy, 'Right To Refuse' Bill Hits Governor's Desk

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 3:00pm

Opposition in Arizona is growing against a controversial bill that would let business owners to refuse service based on religious beliefs. Gov. Jan Brewer hasn't yet decided whether to veto the bill.

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After More Than A Year, Obama And Boehner Sit Down Just To Talk

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 3:00pm

Speaker Boehner and President Obama are holding their first private conversation in 14 months — a streak that may say less about the two men than it does about politics, leadership and voters today.

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