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Nation Jul 15Boehner wants hearings on Planned Parenthood video
The political conflict over abortion flared anew Wednesday as congressional Republicans said they will investigate whether Planned Parenthood is selling organs from aborted fetuses.
Politics Jul 07Charleston activists to visit Congress to push for gun control legislation
A relative of one victim of the mass church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, and other activists from the city are coming to the Capitol on Wednesday to try doing what others have failed to achieve before: Pressure lawmakers to…
Politics Jun 20Congress unlikely to budge on guns following Charleston massacre
This week's slaughter of nine people in a South Carolina church left prospects that Congress will curb guns right where they've been for years - remote for now, according to lawmakers and activists on both sides of the issue.
Politics Jun 06New sexual assault claims against Hastert jarring, former colleagues say
Dennis Hastert's former House colleagues say the emergence of sexual abuse allegations against him has been jarring, at odds with a reason they anointed him speaker in the late 1990s - his squeaky-clean reputation.
Nation May 26Faulty exhaust fan triggers smoke alarm, evacuates U.S. Capitol
Police briefly evacuated hundreds of workers and tourists from the U.S. Capitol and its adjacent visitors' center on Tuesday in a problem officials tentatively blamed on a faulty exhaust fan in a visitor center kitchen.
Politics Apr 25House GOP rebels blame party leaders as contributions falter
Tea party Rep. Thomas Massie and some other conservatives say the reason their business contributions have fallen is simple: GOP leaders are retaliating for their defiance.
Nation Apr 15Gyrocopter lands on Capitol lawn; pilot arrested
WASHINGTON — Police arrested a man who steered his tiny, one-person helicopter onto the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, astonishing spring tourists and prompting a temporary lockdown of the Capitol Visitor Center.
Politics Apr 14Congress OKs bill reshaping Medicare doctors’ fees
WASHINGTON -- Conservatives hated that it's expected to swell federal deficits over the coming decade. Liberals complained that it shortchanged health programs for children and women. But after years of complaints and failed efforts, huge majorities of both parties in…
Politics Mar 31IRS commissioner says backlog of 60,000 applications for tax-exempt status is gone
The head of the IRS says his agency has eliminated a huge processing backlog of groups seeking tax-exempt status.
Politics Mar 29O’Malley: presidency ‘not some crown’ to be shared by two families
Potential Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley said Sunday that the country needs fresh perspectives for confronting its problems and criticized the prospects of the Clinton and Bush families yet again seeking the White House.