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  • AP EXPLAINS: Japan's long wait to address US Congress

    Washington honors America's closest friends by inviting their leaders to address a joint meeting of Congress. But until Thursday, when House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner invited Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, no Japanese leaders had been invited. That's striking considering the tight U.S.-Japan alliance in the 70 years since World War II ended. British, South Korean and German leaders have been invited multiple times. So have two Liberian presidents and a Latvian one - more than 100 invitations overall since the war. So why not Japan? The answers have to do with underlying friction that has been a part of U.S.-Japanese relations and, more recently, frequent changes of Japanese leaders.
  • What's old is new again: Abortion fights stymie two bills in Congress

    What's old is new again: Abortion fights stymie two bills in Congress
    Like bickering siblings who keep quibbling over childhood slights, Republicans and Democrats keep finding new ways to fight over abortion. The latest episodes involve Republicans' attempt to apply the long-standing limitation on federal funding for...

    Cornyn working to find a way forward for human trafficking bill

    WASHINGTON Sen. Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, has spent most of the past two weeks trying to find a way out the most fractious issue so far this year dividing the chamber's Republicans and Democrats. A proposed bill to aid human trafficking victims...

    A better way to track a bomber

    A better way to track a bomber
    The mayhem in Boston the week of April 15 was a reminder of how an American city can be paralyzed by a homemade bomb. The same kinds of improvised explosive devices that menaced U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan can easily be deployed by freelance...

    Special pension deal a windfall for some county officials

    Special pension deal a windfall for some county officials
    To thank Bill Maio for his years of public service, his former colleagues on the DuPage County Board named a street after him. County taxpayers are paying him back in far more lucrative ways. Capping a career in which he often called for fiscal...