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New York lawmakers caught up in political corruption probe

New York lawmakers caught up in political corruption probe

A former New York state senator from Queens secretly recorded seven lawmakers as part of a political corruption probe, according to a court document unsealed Wednesday. Shirley Huntley, 74, a…

Congress to start work on new farm bill

Congress to start work on new farm bill

Congress will begin writing a new, $500 billion farm law next week, the head of the Senate Agriculture Committee said on Tuesday, even as calls mounted for deeper cuts in…

A battle royal slated on immigration

A battle royal slated on immigration

The Congress this week opens its first debate in six years on a comprehensive immigration reform bill, testing whether business and labor groups can hold together on a delicately crafted…

Will Obamacare be a boon or bust?

Will Obamacare be a boon or bust?

Healthcare reform should be the signature Democratic achievement of President Barack Obama’s presidency. But with “Obamacare” five months from show time, Democrats are worried about whether enough Americans will sign…

NRA praises gun-toting women

NRA praises gun-toting women

The National Rifle Association is showcasing women members and emphasizing that increasingly it’s not just men who own firearms and oppose gun-control efforts. Female membership is up, the nation’s leading…

Employment numbers beat expectations

Employment numbers beat expectations

Employment rose more than expected in April, pushing the unemployment rate to a four-year low of 7.5 percent, which could help ease concerns of a sharp slowdown in the economy.…

Gay marriage now legal in Rhode Island

Gay marriage now legal in Rhode Island

Rhode Island lawmakers gave final approval to a bill to legalize gay marriage on Thursday, making it the 10th U.S. state to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples and the…

Right wing hopes use of economy will defeat immigration bill

Right wing hopes use of economy will defeat immigration bill

As a bipartisan Senate group worked over the past few months to assemble broad legislation to overhaul the immigration system, conservative critics of the effort kept a fairly low profile.…

Boston bombers planned July 4th attack

Boston bombers planned July 4th attack

The two brothers suspected of carrying out the deadly attacks on the Boston Marathon had originally planned to set off their bombs on July 4, a law enforcement official said.…

Sluggish employment hampers economic growth

Sluggish employment hampers economic growth

U.S. employment growth likely picked up in April, but probably not by enough to counter other signs that suggest the economy has lost a step in recent weeks. Nonfarm payrolls…