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House approves credit card protections

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted on Thursday in favor of legislation to protect credit card users from hidden fees, sudden interest rate hikes and questionable billing practices.

Congress controls Obama’s agenda

As he starts his second 100 days as president, Barack Obama must yield much of his agenda's fate to Congress.

His biggest proposals, such as revising health care, energy…

Congress endorses Obama’s budget goals

Democrats in Congress capped President Barack Obama's 100th day in office by advancing a $3.4 trillion federal budget for next year — a third of it borrowed — that prevents…

House approves expanded hate crime law

The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday approved an expansion of federal "hate crime" laws -- an effort that former Republican President George W. Bush had opposed.

On a…

GOP Sen. Arlen Specter switches parties

Veteran Republican Sen. Arlen Specter disclosed plans Tuesday to switch parties, a move intended to boost his chances of winning re-election next year that…

Leahy calls for investigation of torture

A senior US lawmaker on Sunday called for a special commission to investigate the US government's alleged torture of terror detainees, amid calls by some that the country bury the…

McCain splits with Cheney on memos

Releasing classified memos showing whether harsh Bush-era interrogation methods yielded useful information from terrorism suspects is not necessary, Republican Senator John McCain said on Sunday in a public disagreement with…

New Democrats show independent streak

Freshman Rep. Bobby Bright won his seat in Congress by convincing conservative southeast Alabama voters that he wasn't a typical Democrat. Barely a week into his Washington career, he showed…

Can Congress cure health care system’s ills?

This time it's really going to happen. Or so they claim.

Senators get down to work this coming week on turning ideas into legislation to cover some 50 million…

Republicans still looking for direction

Three months into the new Congress, Republicans are struggling to reinvent themselves on the fly as they adjust to life without a president of their own party or a majority…