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Cotton Blocks Judges on Court Familiar to His Former Law Firm

Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton blocked five of President Barack Obama’s judicial picks for an often overlooked federal court, a move that lines up well with the interests of one of his old law firms.

Steinle's Dad, Victims' Kin to Speak at Immigration Hearing

Jim Steinle, the father of a woman fatally shot three weeks ago in San Francisco, will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday during a hearing on immigration enforcement policies.

A Patent 'Reform' Ruinous to Our Nation's Health | Commentary

Congress giveth and Congress taketh away.

Uproar Over Confederate Flag Blocks Interior-Environment Bill

Republican leaders abruptly pulled the fiscal 2016 Interior-Environment spending bill from the floor Thursday in a highly embarrassing about-face after Democrats and moderate Republicans revolted against a planned vote to allow Confederate flag imagery to be displayed on cemeteries on federal land.

Republicans to Vote on Allowing Display of Confederate Flag

In a rapid and dramatic policy shift, Confederate flag imagery could be allowed to remain displayed on graves on federal land in some circumstances under a Republican-sponsored amendment that will be voted on in the House on Thursday.

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House Votes to Restrict Confederate Flag Imagery

In an otherwise contentious debate Tuesday night over the fiscal 2016 Interior-Environment spending bill (HR 2822), the House adopted without opposition a trio of amendments that would restrict Confederate flag imagery on federal land.

Don't Use the Budget to Set Bad Gun Policies | Commentary

In its first vote on guns since the mass shooting in Charleston, S.C., the House Appropriations Committee retained a long-standing ban on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding for research on gun violence.

Court's Marriage Ruling Addresses State, Religious Views it Overrides

The Supreme Court's ruling Friday that same-sex couples have the fundamental right to marry, a landmark civil rights ruling that has sweeping implications for American society.

Reagan Aides Foresaw Kennedy Gay-Rights Views That Conservatives Now Lament

The origins of Friday's landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage can be traced back almost 30 years to the Senate's confirmation process for justices.

Obama Says Health Care Working; Supreme Court Upholds Law

The Supreme Court saved Obamacare from another critical legal challenge in a 6-3 decision Thursday that upholds health insurance subsidies for millions of low- and middle-income residents. President Barack Obama hailed the ruling.

Cybersecurity Measures Inch Forward, but Critics Doubt Their Effectiveness

Lawmakers are pushing measures they say will help boost the nation’s security from cyber-attacks, but experts warn the efforts will do little to shield the country from increasingly sophisticated online hacking.

Marijuana Foes, Friends Agree on Need for Research

House appropriators have a bipartisan curiosity about pot.

The Senate Must Pass the USA Freedom Act | Commentary

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, in an extraordinarily well-reasoned decision, ruled that the National Security Agency’s program of systematically collecting the telephone records of Americans is not authorized by Section 215 of the Patriot Act and is, therefore, illegal.

Asbestos Victims to Congress: Stop Fast-Tracking Legislation That Would Violate Victims' Privacy | Commentary

With each new Congress comes a new opportunity to pass legislation that will improve our country and make citizens’ lives better. My husband, the late Rep. Bruce F. Vento, recognized and embraced this opportunity during each of his 12 terms in Congress. I am disappointed to see this is not the case for some this Congress.

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Republican Lawmakers Urge Court to Block Immigration Expansion

More than 100 Republican members of Congress urged a federal appeals court Monday to block the Obama administration’s sweeping new immigration policies such as deferred deportations.

Acting Civil Rights Head Still Awaits Nomination

As the acting head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, Vanita Gupta played an integral role in the Justice Department’s response to the recent unrest in Baltimore.

Appeals Court Strikes Down NSA Bulk Phone Data Collection

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the National Security Agency’s bulk telephone data collection program exceeds what Congress authorized in Section 215 of the Patriot Act.

Grimm's N.Y. District Stays in Republican Hands

Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan easily won Tuesday’s special election in New York's 11th Congressional District to replace Michael G. Grimm, who resigned in January after pleading guilty to tax evasion.

In Comcast's Failed Merger, a Victory for Al Franken

Lawmakers use congressional hearings and letters to wield influence over corporate mergers - and that was  certainly the case with Sen. Al Franken and the now-failed Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal.

Vote Study Shows Obama Gets His Way in GOP-Controlled Senate

Republicans took the Senate in 2014 by stressing the data that CQ Roll Call’s presidential support vote study revealed: Democrats in red states were sticking close to President Barack Obama. So here’s a surprise: the new GOP majority in 2015 is voting Obama’s way as often as they ever have.




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