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House GOP Looks Outside for Advice on Planned Parenthood Panel

House Republicans insist their new committee to investigate Planned Parenthood won’t be political.

We Need a Code of Conduct for the Supreme Court | Commentary

The Supreme Court may be the highest court in the land, but that doesn’t mean it should operate by a different set of rules. Yet, as the court begins its fall term this week, many Americans would be surprised to learn that the nine justices on the Supreme Court are the only federal judges in the nation not bound by a code of ethical conduct. That means, for example, there are no rules requiring justices to recuse themselves because of a conflict of interest, despite the fact they may be hearing important cases that have impact on the law far beyond their tenure on the court. While we shouldn’t presume that judges would be incapable of making the right call when it comes to a conflict of interest, we should not be naive to the possibility. That is why we should finally place Supreme Court justices under a code of ethical conduct, as is required of all other federal judges.

Craig's Attorney Cites Roll Call Report in Appeals Court Case

A leak to Roll Call about Sen. Larry E. Craig's 2007 guilty plea in a Minnesota airport bathroom sex sting should allow him to spend $197,533 in campaign funds on the legal fees to try to undo the plea, the former Idaho senator’s attorney argued in court Wednesday.

Rand Paul Leads Call for Audit of Fetal Tissue Research

A trio of the Senate’s Republican presidential candidates put their names on a letter also signed by a majority of the conference asking for a new inquiry into fetal tissue research.

Reauthorizing the Second Chance Act Is Essential to More Successful Prisoner Re-Entry | Commentary

About 95 percent of the people in our prisons will eventually return to society. It is in all of our interests to give these individuals a second chance.

Sen. Lee Cites 2002 Utah Case Behind Push for Sentencing Change

For Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee, the unfair prison sentence of one man from his home state helped spark his push to overhaul the nation’s criminal sentencing laws.

Pelosi Touts Export-Import Rescue, Chastises Abortion Reporter (Video)

With the Export-Import Bank future still in doubt, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday Democrats would sign on to a Republican-led discharge petition for the embattled export-credit agency.

Congress Averts Government Shutdown With Hours To Spare (Video)

Though conditions on the ground looked eerily similar to those that caused a two-week government shutdown two years ago, the House on Wednesday passed legislation to keep federal operations afloat through Dec. 11.

House GOP Civil War Takes to the Airwaves

Just two days after House Speaker John A. Boehner stunned Washington by announcing he will leave Congress next month, two top members of his House Republican conference traded barbs in a remarkably public display of internal dissent on a Sunday network news show.

McCarthy Profile: Genial Party Loyalist Rose Quickly

Speaker John A. Boehner's resignation at the end of October makes his top deputy, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, the likeliest candidate to inherit the gavel. Boehner even offered his unqualified endorsement, saying the five-term lawmaker would be an "excellent" speaker.

Rubio, Cruz Call for New Leadership Direction As Boehner Quits

Sen. Marco Rubio received boisterous applause and a standing ovation Friday when he informed a crowd at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., that Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, will resign later this year. 

Boehner Quits; McCarthy Seen as Successor

Speaker John A. Boehner told fellow Republicans Friday morning he will resign from Congress and give up his House seat at the end of October, according to members.

Path Toward 'Clean' Spending Stopgap Bill Emerges

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday began laying the groundwork for the chamber to advance a “clean” continuing resolution in the coming days after Democrats and some Republicans banded together to block consideration of a stopgap with Planned Parenthood defunding language.

Conservative Ad Targets Supreme Court Justices

A conservative group opposed to the Supreme Court’s approval of the health care overhaul law in June has launched an unusual campaign-style advertisement critical of two Republican appointees to the court: Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.

Boehner and the Planned Parenthood Waiting Game (Video)

Three weeks away from a government shutdown, as Republicans wrestle with just how far they’re willing to go to defund Planned Parenthood, Speaker John A. Boehner isn’t ruling out anything.

Boehner Says Obamacare Ruling Shows Administration's Overreach

The House can pursue some constitutional claims in a lawsuit against the Obama administration over appropriations and implementing the health care overhaul law, a federal district judge ruled Wednesday.

Kentucky Clerk Jailed Over Same-Sex Marriage Stand

After Kim Davis, an elected county clerk in Kentucky, was placed into federal custody Thursday for defying on religious grounds a judge's order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, five of her deputies told the judge that they would issue the licenses despite the objections of their boss.

Too Many Judges, State Department Says of Clinton Emails

The government asked a federal court Thursday to assign to a single judge the cases involving Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of a private email server during her stint as secretary of State.

Ex-Senator in Bathroom Arrest Challenges Repaying Funds

Former Sen. Larry Craig will get a chance this fall to argue that he shouldn’t have to repay campaign funds he used in connection to his 2007 arrest in a Minnesota airport bathroom sex sting.

Future of Tele-Town Halls Unclear to Lawmakers

The Federal Communications Commission was in damage control mode on Wednesday, trying to ratchet back comments made by the agency's chairman, Tom Wheeler, in testimony to a House Energy and Commerce panel earlier this week.




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