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Obama Is Poised To Sign Executive Order On Equal Pay And Contractors

Obama Is Poised To Sign Executive Order On Equal Pay And Contractors

Seeking to advance the cause of equal pay for women, President Obama plans to sign an executive order Tuesday barring federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their salaries with each other.

Interior Secretary: 1 Percent Of Wildfires Take 30 Percent Of Funds

Interior Secretary: 1 Percent Of Wildfires Take 30 Percent Of Funds

Western lawmakers and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell urge changes to the way America pays to fight and recover from wildfires, starting with preserving money that’s meant for fire prevention.

Senators Want Watchdog To Investigate Federal Prosecutorial Misconduct

Senators Want Watchdog To Investigate Federal Prosecutorial Misconduct

A new report from the Project on Government Oversight documents 650 ethics infractions including recklessness and misconduct by Justice Department lawyers over the past decade or so.

Senate Blocks Bill To Overhaul Military Sex Assault Prosecutions

Senate Blocks Bill To Overhaul Military Sex Assault Prosecutions

The Senate has voted to block a bill that would have removed the authority of senior military commanders to prosecute sexual assault cases within their ranks.

Claims And Counterclaims Fly As CIA And Senate Exchange Fire

Claims And Counterclaims Fly As CIA And Senate Exchange Fire

The Central Intelligence Agency and one of the congressional panels that oversees its work, the Senate Intelligence Committee, are in what looks to be an increasingly bitter battle over just who’s been behaving improperly.

House Republicans Join In Passing $1 Trillion Spending Bill

House Republicans Join In Passing $1 Trillion Spending Bill

The House on Wednesday passed a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill — a compromise that appeared to get past the bitter partisan showdowns that have caused an unpopular federal government shutdown and nearly tipped the U.S. into default.

Divided Senate To Vote On Extending Unemployment Benefits

Divided Senate To Vote On Extending Unemployment Benefits

The Senate is poised to take a key procedural vote on whether to move forward with an extension of federal unemployment benefits for 1.3 million jobless Americans, with Democrats hoping to overcome a strong partisan divide on the issue.

Congress Renews Ban On X-Ray-Evading Plastic Guns

Congress Renews Ban On X-Ray-Evading Plastic Guns

Congress voted to renew a ban on plastic firearms that can skirt airport detectors, but Republican lawmakers blocked efforts to tighten the restrictions.

‘I Am Alive For A Reason,’ Says Va. Lawmaker Stabbed By Son

‘I Am Alive For A Reason,’ Says Va. Lawmaker Stabbed By Son

Deeds, 55, was stabbed and seriously wounded by his 24-year-old son, Gus, on Nov. 19. Gus Deeds then shot and killed himself.

Former House Speaker Tom Foley Dies At 84

Former House Speaker Tom Foley Dies At 84

Former House Speaker Tom Foley, who led the chamber from 1989 to 1995, has died, according to his family. He was 84.

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