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Divided Senate To Vote On Extending Unemployment Benefits

Divided Senate To Vote On Extending Unemployment BenefitsThe 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 GunsCongress 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 SonDeeds, 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 84Former House Speaker Tom Foley, who led the chamber from 1989 to 1995, has died, according to his family. He was 84.

Spy Agency’s Collection Of Phone Records Reopens Controversy

Spy Agency’s Collection Of Phone Records Reopens ControversyThe controversial broadening of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court's powers after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks is under renewed focus after Wednesday's report that the panel has given the National Security Agency the authority to collect millions of Verizon customers' telephone records.

Bipartisan House Group Says It’s Reached Immigration Deal

Bipartisan House Group Says It’s Reached Immigration DealMembers of a bipartisan group of House lawmakers say they've overcome disagreements and have reached a tentative deal to overhaul the nation's immigration system.

Immigration Change Is One Step Closer To A Bill

Immigration Change Is One Step Closer To A BillA final deal on a changing immigration laws is at hand but still incomplete, according to two of the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" senators collaborating on it.

Update: Senate Committee Approves Expanding Background Checks For Gun Sales

Update: Senate Committee Approves Expanding Background Checks For Gun SalesThe Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday is set to approve expanded federal background checks for gun buyers, moving the measure to the full Senate, where it could come up for a vote next month before going to the GOP-controlled House.

Bill Clinton: Defense Of Marriage Act That I Signed Is Unconstitutional

Bill Clinton: Defense Of Marriage Act That I Signed Is UnconstitutionalTimes were different in 1996 when he signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law, former President Bill Clinton writes in today's Washington Post.

Judge Intervenes In Heated Battle Over Alabama’s Education Bill

Judge Intervenes In Heated Battle Over Alabama’s Education BillA judge in Alabama has blocked the state's governor from signing a school choice bill, after a lawsuit alleged that lawmakers bypassed state rules when they substantially revised the legislation in committee.
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