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House, Senate take different routes on border problems

House, Senate take different routes on border problems

Senate Democrats and House Republicans are moving separately to slash President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the border, but they’re unlikely to end up with a deal that could pass both chambers. Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski planned to unveil legislation Wednesday allocating $2.7 billion for more immigration judges, detention facilities and […]

Little hope for success for a gridlocked Congress

Little hope for success for a gridlocked Congress

A gridlocked Congress failed to do the big things: overhauling the nation’s immigration system, reforming the loophole-cluttered tax code and stiffening background checks on gun buyers. Now it’s time to see whether it can just do the basics. With just two weeks before lawmakers’ sacrosanct August break, progress is decidedly mixed on several must-pass items […]

Congressional angst grows over Obama’s Afghan plan

Congressional angst grows over Obama’s Afghan plan

Afghanistan’s disputed election and Iraq’s unraveling are giving members of Congress and U.S. allies in the region reason to think President Barack Obama should rethink his decision to withdraw virtually all Americans troops from Afghanistan by the close of 2016. The White House says Afghanistan is different from Iraq, mired in sectarian violence since shortly […]

Child migration shifts immigration political focus

Child migration shifts immigration political focus

The surge of Central American children crossing the U.S. southern border has shifted the politics of immigration, weakening one of the most potent arguments Democrats plan to make against Republicans in November and in the next presidential election. In the past month, the number of Americans who rank immigration as the nation’s top problem has […]

Child immigrant flow slow for now

Child immigrant flow slow for now

The flood of children crossing the Mexican border illegally and without their parents has slowed down in recent weeks, two senior Obama administration officials said Friday. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas have found fewer than 500 children crossing the border illegally this week, the officials said. Last month, agents […]

Boehner unsure Congress will act on immigration

Boehner unsure Congress will act on immigration

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday expressed doubts Congress would agree by the end of this month on an emergency response to the crisis involving an influx of thousands of child migrants at the U.S. southern border. President Barack Obama, a Democrat, has requested $3.7 billion in emergency funds to bolster border security and […]

Federal probe of IRS now includes missing emails

Federal probe of IRS now includes missing emails

A Justice Department investigation into the Internal Revenue Service has expanded to include an inquiry into the disappearance of emails from a former senior IRS official. Deputy Attorney General James Cole was to update Congress on Thursday about the department’s investigation into whether the agency targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. He also was expected […]

Senate grounds Army attempt to seize Guard choppers

Senate grounds Army attempt to seize Guard choppers

The Army has lost an initial Senate skirmish over a hotly disputed plan to take Apache attack helicopters away from National Guard units in a budget-cutting move that has infuriated governors and state military leaders. The proposal, which would transfer dozens of the sleek Apache combat aircraft to active-duty units and give larger, multiuse Black […]

Democrats see political hay in contraception ruling

Democrats see political hay in contraception ruling

Democrats see a political winner in the stinging defeat they suffered when the Supreme Court ruled that businesses with religious objections may deny coverage for contraceptives under President Barack Obama’s health care law. A four-term senator — Washington state’s Patty Murray — and a vulnerable freshman — Mark Udall of Colorado — have pushed legislation […]

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