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Congress’ mission: Take little action, go home

Congress’ mission: Take little action, go home

Congress returns to work Monday with a basic task — act fast to keep the government open and then race home to campaign. After a five-week summer break, lawmakers face…

In the end, voters ‘keep the bums in’

In the end, voters ‘keep the bums in’

A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to “keep the bums in,” with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member…

Democrats jockey to deal with health care fallout

Democrats jockey to deal with health care fallout

One of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats is standing by his vote for President Barack Obama’s health care law, a fresh sign that the unpopular mandate may be losing some…

Congress comes on board with Obama on Iraq intervention

Congress comes on board with Obama on Iraq intervention

Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American warplanes strike extremist targets in Iraq. Almost a week…

Alaska Senate candidates clash on immigration

Alaska Senate candidates clash on immigration

Thousands of miles from the U.S-Mexico border, three Republicans vying for their party’s nomination for U.S. Senate in Alaska clashed on immigration Sunday night in a televised debate ahead of…

Walsh quits Senate over plagiarism

Walsh quits Senate over plagiarism

Democrats will be hard-pressed in quickly finding a strong candidate for Montana’s U.S. Senate election after incumbent John Walsh’s abrupt withdrawal from the campaign in a plagiarism controversy. Walsh’s decision…

‘Accidental congressman’ loses seat in Michigan

‘Accidental congressman’ loses seat in Michigan

Republican U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, considered by some to be an “accidental” congressman, was easily defeated Tuesday in a Michigan district and became the third U.S. House incumbent to lose…

Republicans still groping for immigration resolution

Republicans still groping for immigration resolution

Republicans can’t figure out what to do about illegal immigration as the 2016 presidential campaign is starting to heat up and just three months before midterm elections. After the GOP’s…

Veterans, Israel fare well in Congress

Veterans, Israel fare well in Congress

In more than five years in Congress, Republican Rep. John Fleming of Louisiana recalls voting only once for emergency spending that raised the federal deficit. That was this week, on…

House revives bill on Mexico-American border crisis

House revives bill on Mexico-American border crisis

House Republicans revived their bill on the U.S.-Mexico border crisis in dramatic fashion Friday, preparing to pass it after winning over conservatives with tough new provisions that could threaten deportation…