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House Cancels Vote On $659 Million Border Security Bill

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:21pm

Tea party conservatives objected to sending money to the White House to address the crisis. GOP leaders said another vote was possible yet today.

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With Congress Set To Adjourn, Border Crisis Remains Unresolved

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:07am

Votes are set Thursday in both the GOP-led House and Democratic-controlled Senate on bills addressing the young migrants seeking refuge. But the competing bills have little chance of being reconciled.

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In Kansas City, Obama Brushes Off House GOP's Lawsuit Against Him

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:07am

Congress leaves some significant business unfinished as it goes on break. But the talk of Washington and beyond is Wednesday's vote by House republicans to authorize a lawsuit against President Obama.

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House Approves $16 Billion Plan To Improve Health Care For Vets

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 6:45pm

The Senate is expected to pass the measure this week. It would expand government programs and provide funds for vets who unable to access VA services to see private doctors.

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House Votes To OK Lawsuit Against Obama

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 5:48pm

House Republicans say that the president has overstepped the bounds of his executive authority. President Obama dismissed the move as a "political stunt."

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Lawsuit Opens A Long Round Of Political Pingpong

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 3:00pm

Republicans in the House are holding a floor vote to allow Speaker Boehner to sue President Obama. They believe he's overstepped his constitutional authority; specifically, the resolution would authorize a federal lawsuit for Obama's handling of the Affordable Care Act.

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For 2 Senators, Campus Sexual Assault Solution Starts In Washington

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 3:00pm

To learn more about the new legislation aimed at sexual assault on campuses, Audie Cornish speaks with two of the bill's co-sponsors, Sen. Claire McCaskill and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

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Senators Roll Out A Bill To Curb Sexual Assault On Campus

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 3:00pm

A bipartisan group of senators has introduced new legislation aimed at combating sexual assault on American college campuses. If passed, the bill would force colleges to handle accusations more aggressively and provide advocates for victims.

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As Wildfires Burns Through Funds, Washington Seeks New Way To Pay

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 3:00pm

Wildfires are ravaging thousands of square miles on the West Coast, though officials say that this wildfire season has been tamer than average. Still, responding to these fires has proven costly, and the Obama administration is reevaluating how it pays for fighting them.

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Senate Bill Would Fine Colleges For Mismanaging Campus Rape Cases

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 3:00pm

A group of senators has introduced legislation aimed at combating sexual assault on college campuses. It would force schools to handle accusations more aggressively and provide advocates for victims.

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Lawsuit Opens A Long Round Of Political Pingpong

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 3:00pm

Republicans in the House are holding a floor vote to allow Speaker John Boehner to sue President Obama. They believe the president has overstepped his constitutional authority.

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As Wildfires Burn Through Funds, Washington Seeks New Way To Pay

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 3:00pm

Though officials say that this wildfire season has been tamer than average, responding to these fires has been costly. Now, the Obama administration is re-evaluating how it pays for fighting them.

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Senate's Highway Trust Fund Bill Sets Up Conflict With The House

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 3:59am

A short-term fix for the nearly empty Highway Trust Fund is a step closer to President Obama's desk. Congress has been talking about the long-term problems with the construction account, but the two chambers have not agreed on a long-term solution.

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Clinton's Book Tour Put Her Strengths And Weaknesses On Display

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 3:59am

HiIlary Clinton's book tour is over, and her final decision on a 2016 presidential bid is months away. The tour highlighted Clinton's strengths, weaknesses and possible presidential campaign.

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'Hard Choices' Tour Put Spotlight On Clinton's Strengths, Weaknesses

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 3:59am

Hillary Clinton's book tour is over, and so is the debate over whether she'll make a 2016 presidential bid. Still, her official decision is months away — time she needs to polish her talking points.

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The New SuperPAC That Spends Big So That Others Spend Less

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:47pm

A new SuperPAC aims to reduce the influence of big money in politics — and it's starting by raising millions of dollars, in part from wealthy donors.

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The Great Blue Hope: Michelle Nunn Tries The Improbable In Ga.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:09pm

Georgia hasn't elected a Democrat to statewide office for over a decade, but Senate candidate Michelle Nunn is the most viable hope the party's had in a long time. While Nunn has a well-known name and a strong fundraising arm, analysts say she'll have to mobilize minority voters to have a chance.

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Forget Tea Pot Dome: Harding's Love Letters Make For A New Steamy Scandal

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:09pm

The Library of Congress has released the rather racy love letters that former President Warren G. Harding sent to his mistress, Carrie Fulton Phillips.

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Former Va. Gov. McDonnell's Trial Opens With Claims Of 'Poisoned' Marriage

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:09pm

The public corruption trial is now underway for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. In dramatic opening arguments, lawyers described the McDonnells' marriage as a shambles. For more on the trial's start, Ari Shapiro turns to Jeff Schapiro, who is covering it for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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Leahy Aims To Patch Loopholes With A Revamp Of NSA's Data Collection

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:09pm

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy is introducing a bill to overhaul the way the National Security Agency collects telephone data under the Patriot Act.

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