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Rep. Dingell slated to undergo heart procedure

Michigan Democrat John Dingell, the longest serving member in the history of the U.S. Congress, will undergo a minimally invasive procedure to correct an abnormal heart rhythm, his office said Thursday in a statement. Dingell, 87, who joined Congress in 1955, announced in February that he would retire from the U.S. House of Representatives after this year. His wife, Deborah Dingell, has announced plans to run in his place. “He recently developed atrial fibrillation, and the procedure will seek to find the source of the abnormal heart rhythm and correct it,” the statement said. Dingell will undergo the procedure on
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Senate sides with abusers on military sexual assault

Bowing to the Pentagon, the Senate agreed after impassioned debate Thursday to leave the authority to prosecute rapes and other serious crimes with military commanders in a struggle that highlighted the growing role of women in Congress. The vote was 55-45 in favor of stripping commanders of that authority, but that was short of the 60 necessary to move ahead on the legislation sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Her bill would have given the decision to take serious crimes to courts-martial to seasoned military trial lawyers, independent of the chain of command. The debate and vote were the culmination of
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Obama’s civil rights pick blocked in Senate

Should a lawyer be disqualified from public service for representing a client like a cop killer? The question arises after the Senate rejected President Barack Obama’s candidate to be the government’s chief civil rights attorney. The White House, attorneys and civil rights groups argued that a bipartisan vote Wednesday blocking Debo Adegbile from advancing toward confirmation set a troubling precedent that could dissuade lawyers with aspirations to serve in government from taking on unpopular clients or working for unpopular causes. “The fact that his nomination was defeated solely based on his legal representation of a defendant runs contrary to a
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