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Congress to take its most important NSA surveillance vote yet

The fight over the spying powers of the National Security Agency is about to face a crucial test. On Tuesday, the Senate is expected to vote on whether it will debate the USA Freedom Act.

New VA hospital report reveals longstanding bureaucratic hurdles

The latest investigation into bureaucratic hangups at the Department of Veterans Affairs reveals ongoing, long-standing issues with the agency.

When irresponsibility rules — Do-nothing Congress goes fundraising

Washington - A new Pew research study shows that this Congress has done less work than ever. Averaging 5.6 hours per day, your friendly local congressperson makes $174,000 per year, and only worked 135 days last year, like a seasonal job.

Members of Congress banned from Wikipedia for 10 days

Washington D.c. - Wikipedia has banned members of Congress and house staffers from posting anonymous edits for 10 days following a slew of wrongful edits.

Congress to address re-homing issue on Tuesday

On Tuesday, a U.S. Senate subcommittee will begin hearings on how the federal government can stop parents from using the Internet to transfer custody of their adopted children to strangers. This is in response to a Reuters investigation on "rehoming."

List of all declared U.S. House candidates to date, by CD

Re-sorted by CD, congressional district, from FEC data as of May 19, 2014. Following is the list of all declared US House of Representatives candidates to date, both challengers and incumbents, in the 2014 primaries and general election.

Senior citizen medical marijuana patient to lobby U.S. Congress

Ahead of his May 12th trial, federal medical marijuana defendant Larry Harvey, 70, goes to Washington, D.C. to lobby the United States Congress in order to stop funding federal prosecutions like his.

Op-Ed: No propaganda, Voice of America need not fear reform bill

Washington - Mismanagement by senior executives threatens journalistic independence of Voice of America (VOA) much more than the bipartisan bill in Congress designed to reform U.S. international media outreach. There will be no government propaganda from VOA.

Another day, another poll, another ominous sign for Democrats

Washington - Another day, another poll, another ominous sign for the Democratic Party. The latest Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor poll shows Pres. Barack Obama’s overall approval rating at 41%.

US Congress wants to pass $607 billion defense bill before Xmas

Both the US House and the Senate are suspending regular order in order to fast track a $607 billion defense expenditure authorization bill.

Harvard survey: American youth abandoning Obama and congress

According to Harvard University's Institute of Politics survey, America's youth are abandoning Obama and the two-party federal government in general.

Op-Ed: Committee proposes to increase US Israeli aid by $488 million

Washington - The US House of Representatives Armed Services Committee approved $488 million more in military aid to Israel. The aid would go toward the development of missile interception systems.

Op-Ed: America's child President

In a time when America needs her president, Obama once again pits his federal government against the American people punishing them for government actions.

Op-Ed: Why is Obama seeking approval from Congress for a Syria attack?

Washington - Not long ago a US strike on Syria was expected as early as last Thursday and rebels were told it would be within days. Now it would seem that the strike could come only after Sept. 9 since Obama did not push for Congress to return earlier.

Op-Ed: Obama will probably strike first and consult Congress afterwards

Washington - The US will probably launch a strike against Syria without UN approval, making it against international law. However, he could very well also strike before Congressional approval, a move that could be interpreted as against US law.

US Congress to end furloughs causing flight delays

Washington - As travelers complain of flight delays, the US Senate approved legislation Thursday (April 25) that would end air traffic controller furloughs. The furloughs were instituted to save funds as a result of the recent sequestration cuts.

Op-Ed: Congress bans funds for missile program but Pentagon funds it

Washington - The US Congress banned any further funding of the NATO Medium Extended Air and Missile Defense System (MEADS) last December. Yet the Secretary of Defense said that the funding will continue.

Former Rep. Barney Frank expresses interest as interim senator

Barney Frank, who has retired from the US House of Representatives, has expressed interest being a temporary replacement for Senator John Kerry (D-MA).

Religious composition of the US House & Senate revealed

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life released a new analysis that says that the number of the 113th US Congress not identifying with a specific religions faith is larger than compared to the previous US Congresses.

Op-Ed: The disaster factory rides again — US Congress fails as usual

Sydney - If there was ever a contradiction in terms, “Congressional leadership” truly defines the expression. The disaster factory is well and truly back in business. After 5 years of massive, humiliating hits to the US economy, they’ve done it again.

Rep. Barney Frank: Looking forward to retirement

US Representative Barney Frank D-MA, in an interview with Politico, said that he looks forward to retiring from the US House.

GOP and Democrats continue playing chicken in fiscal cliff battle

As the Democrats and Republicans continue their "chicken" match on the fiscal cliff, more people are coming out and giving their two cents on it. One analyst says that Congress should go off the fiscal cliff.

U.S. manufacturing retracts; 'fiscal cliff' looms

Washington - Monday, the Institute for Supply Management reported that its index of manufacturing conditions dropped to a reading of 49.5, down from 51.7 in October. Any reading below 50 percent indicates a retraction.

Is the dollar bill about to become extinct?

Washington - The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) wants the Treasury Department to stop printing dollar bills and make the switch to $1 coins entirely.

Florida's US House Race to be decided Nov. 20

Florida remains one of the eight undecided US House races. Allen West, the Tea Party-backed GOP incumbent, refuses to concede. The final decision is due to be made on November 20.

Racism, still a hot-button issue in America

According to a new Associated Press poll, America has become slightly more racist than compared with a similar 2008 poll in regard to blacks and Hispanics.

President signs bill to fund government until March 2013 Special

President Obama signed today House Joint Resolution 117; the bill will prevent a government shut down by funding the federal government through March 27, 2013.

Op-Ed: Roger Clemens; his own perfect witness

Washington - In 2007, Former Democrat Senate leader George Mitchell produced a 409-page report filled with allegations of substance abuse by a handful of major league baseball stars, including Cy Young pitcher Roger Clemens and power hitter Barry Bonds.

Pacquiao-Bradley fight issues trigger revival of US boxing bill

Controversies stemming from the reported flawed officiating by judges of the recently-staged Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley fight have triggered a possible revival of a US boxing bill now pending in congress

Op-Ed: Buying US democracy, or Super PACs R Us

Sydney - Lincoln’s “Of the people, by the people, for the people” now reads like “Of the money, by the money, for the money”. Super PACs are supposed to be outside the party machines, but nobody could pretend they are.
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