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  • Out of prison, ex-lobbyist pushes sentencing overhaul

    WASHINGTON Kevin Ring helped write a bill in the 1990s that toughened penalties for methamphetamine charges. Now, recently out of prison, the former Team Abramoff lobbyist says he wants Congress to overhaul the nation's justice system and to undo mandatory minimum requirements altogether.
  • Congressman's resolution seeks freedom for ex-Marine in Iran

    A Michigan congressman has introduced a bipartisan resolution saying Iran should immediately release jailed ex-Marine Amir Hekmati and "all detained Americans" and provide information on those who've "disappeared within its borders." Democratic U.S. Rep....

    Republican majorities struggle to get Congress working

    Republican majorities struggle to get Congress working
    After six weeks in session and 139 roll call votes in a House and Senate that feature some of the largest Republican majorities in generations, one of the most telling statistics from the new Congress is this: President Obama's veto threats outnumber...

    Are Republicans ready to try again on immigration reform?

    A year ago, congressional Republicans meeting at a private retreat revolted over their leaders’ ideas for immigration reform. This year, they're ready to try again. Republicans wrapped up their meeting at this chocolate-rich company town with...

    House Speaker Boehner floats plan to avert shutdown

    House Speaker Boehner floats plan to avert shutdown
    House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner urged fellow Republicans on Tuesday to pass a long-term government spending bill next week, avoiding a government shutdown and pushing any budget fight over President Barack Obama's executive order on...