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9 arrested in Va. immigration detention protest

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Nine activists were arrested Monday after blocking the access to an immigration detention facility in northern Virginia. The nine were among a group of about 60 protesters who formed a human […]

12/16/2013

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, accompanied by Senate Budget Committee Chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/ Scott Applewhite, File)

Ryan strikes collaborative tone in opening talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — To hear Rep. Paul Ryan tell it, a bipartisan group of congressional negotiators has the chance to take the first steps toward fixing a serious problem: a debt-ridden federal government facing an […]

10/31/2013

A US Park Police officer walks behind a barricade with sign reading "Because of the Federal Government SHUTDOWN All National Parks are Closed" in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Donors chip in to help programs hurt by shutdown

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — As the partial government shutdown rolls on, programs that rely on federal money are feeling the strain — and so are the people who depend on their services. For 16-year-old […]

10/12/2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Back pay for furloughed workers slows in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill the House passed to guarantee that furloughed federal workers receive back pay after the partial government shutdown is resolved seems to have hit a snag in the Senate. The second-ranking […]

10/07/2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

4 questions about budget fight offers crash course on Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — If majorities in both the House and Senate would vote to reopen the government with no strings attached, or vote to repeal the new health care law’s sales tax on heart pacemakers […]

10/07/2013

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio walks to a Republican strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Prospect for quick end to shutdown is remote

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prospects for a swift end to the 4-day-old partial government shutdown all but vanished Friday as lawmakers squabbled into the weekend and increasingly shifted their focus to a midmonth deadline for averting […]

10/04/2013

A sign hangs on the window of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013.   (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Dems say it’s time for GOP to unite, end shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama decided to stay home from economic summits in Asia as Democrats stepped up pressure on congressional Republicans to rein in their tea party faction and reopen the government with […]

10/04/2013

Capitol Hill police officers respond to a shooting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Shots outside Capitol, police say 1 injury

WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman driving a black Lexus tried to ram through a White House barricade Thursday, then led police on a chase that ended in gunfire outside the Capitol, witnesses and officials said. […]

10/03/2013

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Day 3: the government shutdown continues

Analysts say if Speaker John Boehner would bring a clean continuing resolution to the House floor, it would pass, and the government would re-open. But he has refused to do that, instead continuing his push […]

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

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