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Nov. 21, 2013: In this photo reviewed by the U.S. military, a soldier closes the gate at the now abandoned Camp X-Ray at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, which was used as the first detention facility for al-Qaida and Taliban militants who were captured after the Sept. 11 attacks. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Defense bill gives Obama rare Guantanamo victory

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many detainees at Guantanamo Bay may be closer to heading home under a bipartisan deal reached in Congress that gives President Barack Obama a rare victory in his fight to close the […]

12/18/2013

This photo taken May 10, 2013 shows Cody Wilson holding what he calls a Liberator pistol that was completely made on a 3-D-printer at his home in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Austin American Statesman, Jay Janner)

Congress renews undetectable gun ban for decade

WASHINGTON (AP) — Narrowly beating a midnight deadline, Congress voted Monday to renew an expiring ban on plastic firearms that can evade airport detection machines. But Republicans blocked an effort to toughen the restrictions — […]

12/09/2013

Job applicants arrive for an internship job fair held by the Miami Marlins, at Marlins Park in Miami. ( AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

White House pushes for jobless aid extension

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is stepping up efforts to extend jobless benefits to long-term unemployed Americans, arguing that more than a million people will lose the assistance if it isn’t renewed by the […]

12/05/2013

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' main landing web page for HealthCare.gov. (AP Photo/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Congress governs self under ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Think you’re confused by “Obamacare.” It’s roiling Capitol Hill behind the scenes, too. Members of Congress are governing themselves under President Barack Obama’s signature law, which means they have great leeway in […]

11/01/2013

In this Oct. 11, 2013 file photo, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio is pursued by reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington after a two-hour meeting at the White House with President Barack Obama and Senate leaders. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Outlaw shutdowns? That might make Congress worse

WASHINGTON (AP) — There is a way to prevent government shutdowns. A change in U.S. law would keep federal workers on the job and ensure that treasured sites like the Statue of Liberty and Yosemite […]

10/28/2013

House passes $8.2 billion water projects bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bucking some of the same conservative groups that encouraged the government shutdown, Republicans and Democrats united Wednesday to overwhelmingly pass an $8.2 billion House bill mapping out plans for dams, harbor, river […]

10/23/2013

The U.S. Capitol building at dusk in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Short-term debt deal won’t mask big barriers ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hold the champagne. Even if Congress reaches a last-minute or deadline-busting deal to avert a federal default and fully reopen the government, elected officials are likely to return to their grinding brand […]

10/16/2013

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White House supports back pay for federal workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it supports House legislation to give back pay to federal workers furloughed during the current partial government shutdown. The White House Office of Management and Budget issued a […]

10/04/2013

Members of Congress walk down the steps of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

US Treasury warns of harm from debt default

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department warned Thursday that the economy could plunge into a downturn worse than the Great Recession if Congress fails to raise the federal borrowing limit and the country defaults […]

10/03/2013

Vicki Maturo, of Culver City, Calif., protests against the government shutdown outside the federal building in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Obama, lawmakers meet on shutdown’s 2nd day

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama conferred with congressional leaders at the White House on Wednesday for the first time since a partial government shutdown began, but there were no signs of progress toward ending […]

10/02/2013

President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Briefing room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. Obama said a government shutdown would throw a wrench into the gears of U.S. economy. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama focuses on military as government shuts down

WASHINGTON (AP) — As much of the federal government grinds to a halt, President Barack Obama is telling the U.S. military he’ll push Congress to re-open the government as soon as possible. In his sole […]

09/30/2013

With four days to go before the federal government is due to run out of money, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., center, points to a countdown clock during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, as Senate Democratic leaders blame conservative Republicans for holding up a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running. From left are, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., Schumer, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., and Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate set to OK budget bill, but fight not over

WASHINGTON (AP) — A potential government shutdown hurtling ever closer, the Democratic-led Senate moved Friday toward approving legislation keeping federal agencies from locking their doors on Tuesday. But disputes with the Republican-run House and among […]

09/27/2013

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