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White House Loses Votes to GOP on Syrian Refugee Bill

House Democratic leadership braced Thursday for at least 60 defections on the Republican bill to strengthen the vetting of Syrian refugees seeking resettlement in the United States.

Bipartisan Plan for Visa Changes Faces Business Backlash

Efforts to curb a visa-waiver program in the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks may win bipartisan support in Congress but already are stirring backlash from industries that thrive on foreign visitors.

Ethics Committee Defers to DOJ on Pittenger Probe

Updated 5:43 p.m. | The House Ethics Committee voted Wednesday to establish an investigative subcommittee to look into allegations that Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., “received compensation for his involvement with a fiduciary business, a real estate investment firm known as Pittenger Land Investments, Inc.” But, at the request of the Justice Department, the committee has recommended the subcommittee defer its investigation.

Paul Holding Up Spending Bill Over Refugee Welfare

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says he won’t allow a transportation and housing spending bill through quickly without a vote about Syrian refugees, likely halting final passage until after Thanksgiving.

Democrats Slam White House Messaging On Refugee Bill

In 24 hours, House Democrats have gone from opposing the GOP proposal to tighten the United States’ screening of Iraqi and Syrian refugees to supporting the bill in large numbers.

House Republicans OK Changes to Steering Panel

House Republicans passed changes to overhaul the Steering Committee by voice vote Thursday.

Watch Live: House Judiciary Hearing on Syrian Refugee Crisis

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security holds a hearing on the Syrian refugee crisis and the U.S. admission program for refugees. Officials from the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security are expected to testify.

Jeff Landry's Life After Congress Might Be Statewide Office

Former Rep. Jeff Landry rode a tea party wave into office in 2010, but was the odd Republican out in Louisiana’s 2012 redistricting, a maverick mostly abandoned by the establishment in his member-on-member loss to GOP Rep. Charles Boustany Jr.

Restaurant Associates Pushes Back on Senators' Criticism

The Senate’s food service vendor is pushing back against lawmakers’ criticism of the organization’s approach to worker wages and conditions, an embarrassing situation that has led to boycotts of cafeterias, including by Senate leaders.

Bill Shuster Wants 'Like Father, Like Son' Moment

When negotiators on the highway and mass transit bill formally convened Wednesday, it took only a few minutes for them to cut their first deal: Rep. Bill Shuster was named chairman of the conference committee.

#tbt Bobby Jindal: CrackBerry Catholic

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s dreams of being president came to a screeching halt Tuesday, when the Louisiana Republican dropped out of the 2016 race.

White House: Guantanamo Plan Still Developing

The White House is pouring cold water on a report it is delaying a plan to close the terrorist detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, saying the blueprint remains under construction.

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Fear of Syrian Refugees Inflames Louisiana Politics

NEW ORLEANS — Fear of Syrian refugees has inflamed the final days of the already bitterly contested Louisiana gubernatorial race. Both candidates — Republican Sen. David Vitter and Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards — have echoed current Gov. Bobby Jindal’s position that after the Islamic State atrocities in Paris, no more refugees should be sent here, and have attacked each other as too soft on the issue.

Farenthold Sexual Harassment Case Is Settled Out of Court

The sexual harassment case against Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, halted Wednesday because an agreement was reached by the two parties.

Judge Tosses Artur Davis’ Suit Against Alabama Democrats

An Alabama judge has dismissed the suit former Rep. Artur Davis filed against the Yellowhammer State’s Democratic infrastructure, finding that party leaders are justified in keeping the Democrat-turned-Republican from rejoining the party.

Senators Focused on Visa Waiver Vulnerabilities

While Syrian refugee resettlement has dominated the headlines in Congress this week, the more pressing national security debate in the Senate is about the way tourists and other travelers enter the United States.

House Honors Victims of Beirut Bombings

The House paused Wednesday night to pay tribute to the lives lost at the hands of the Islamic State terror group in Beirut, Lebanon.

Rubio Opponents Say He Prefers Fundraisers Over National Security

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has tried to make his name in the Republican presidential field, in part by touting himself as prepared to deal with America’s security challenges.

These Eight Republicans Could Save the Conference From Breaking

Paul D. Ryan was pushed to run for speaker because members believed he could unite House Republicans, but he will share some of that responsibility with some select colleagues.

Obama Focus on Gun Control Could Help Sway Independents in 2016

Democratic strategists say President Barack Obama’s pledge to fight for gun control in his last year in office is unlikely to make it No. 1 on voters’ minds in 2016.




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