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  • Pelosi gives GOP leaders kudos for ISIS bill

    The House minority leader applauded Republicans for a bill that would approve President Obama's request to support Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

  • Corporate America heads for the exits

    Corporate "inversions" are a problem that President Obama might find intractable, given a corporate tax system that most people agree is outdated and in urgent need of drastic reform at a time when Congress is too divided to fix it.

  • Chemical reform bill faces uphill battle in Senate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Efforts to come up with a new chemical regulation bill face an uphill battle in the Senate. Over the summer, Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and David Vitter of Louisiana, the top Republican on the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee, provided a revised draft of their...

  • Analysis: Both parties in Congress play it safe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Seven weeks before the elections, Republicans and Democrats are both playing it safe, willing to make short-term sacrifices of long-held positions in hopes of maximizing their chances for victory at the polls. That means that House Republicans who recently voted to sue...

  • Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — On the cusp of intensified airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, President Barack Obama is using the legal grounding of the congressional authorizations President George W. Bush relied on more than a decade ago to go to war. But Obama has made no effort to ask Congress to explicitly...

  • Warner says Senate should’ve taken up, passed House bill on patent reform

    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Senate was wrong for not passing the House’s patent reform bill, one U.S. Senate Democrat said. Virginia’s Mark Warner made the comments while campaigning earlier this week. Warner “I actually think the House bill was pretty good,” he said. “I wish the...

  • Obama's request to combat militants draws support

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bending for once to the will of the White House, Republicans and Democrats coalesced Thursday behind President Barack Obama's call to train and arm Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants and pointed toward votes in the heat of a midterm election campaign. "We ought to...

  • House, Senate weigh bills that are going nowhere

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate leaders, usually proud sorts, staged showdown votes in their chambers Thursday on measures that are going nowhere. And in the logic that prevails during the weeks before crucial congressional elections, they want everyone to know about that futility. The...

  • Reid: Give Obama authority to equip Syrian rebels

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Congress should give President Barack Obama authority to train and equip Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants, without rushing into a war like the one in Iraq. Speaking several hours before Obama's planned prime-time address...

  • GOP bill would avert fed shutdown till Dec. 11

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling the House unveiled a short-term spending bill Tuesday that would keep the government open into mid-December and provide $88 million to battle the Ebola outbreak. The spending measure will also extend the authority of the Export-Import Bank to continue...

  • House votes to block EPA water rules

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House on Tuesday approved a bill to block the Obama administration from implementing a rule that asserts regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands — an action that critics call a classic Washington overreach. The...

  • House condemns Obama for prisoner swap

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House voted Tuesday to condemn President Barack Obama for failing to give 30-day notice to Congress about the exchange in May of American prisoner Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders held at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The vote was...

  • Congress considers review of police military gear

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. government programs to help local police agencies obtain military-grade equipment evolved in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but more than a decade later lawmakers are questioning why smalltown police departments need armored vehicles, automatic weapons and...

  • Sen. Reid calls for apology for plantation remark

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday he wants an apology from a GOP House member and Senate candidate who said that Reid "runs the Senate like a plantation." Reid, D-Nev., told reporters that the comment by congressman Bill Cassidy of Louisiana was "insensitive, very...

  • GOP leader wants Obama to seek Hill OK for strike

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Senate Republican says President Barack Obama should seek congressional approval for whatever he decides to do against Islamic State militants. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday that seeking congressional approval would be good for the...



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