United States Congress

Former US President George W. Bush speaking at dedication of George W. Bush Presidential Center, Dallas. (AP Photo)

Bush: ‘Benevolent spirit’ must drive reform plans

  DALLAS (AP) — Former President George W. Bush says national immigration reform must be guided by a “benevolent spirit” and an understanding of the contribution of immigrants to the country. Bush spoke briefly Wednesday […]

07/10/2013

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Farmers warn of high milk prices without farm bill

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Dairy farmers expressed frustration this week with Congress’ failure to pass a farm bill, saying the uncertainty made it hard to do business and some could go under without changes to the […]

06/28/2013

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Watchdog: IRS fought oversight in tea party cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service long has resisted efforts by an internal watchdog to help groups seeking tax-exempt status, creating a culture that enabled agents to improperly target such organizations for additional scrutiny, […]

06/26/2013

US President Barack Obama (AP Photo)

Obama ‘disappointed’ in Voting Rights Act ruling

  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he’s deeply disappointed with a Supreme Court decision halting the use of a key provision in the Voting Rights Act.   Obama says in a statement Tuesday […]

06/25/2013

The U.S. Supreme Court building. (AP Photo)

High court voids key part of Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced unless Congress comes up with an up-to-date formula for deciding which states and localities […]

06/25/2013

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (AP Photo)

Nation’s mayors want state control of pot policies

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The nation’s mayors want the federal government to give states leeway in establishing marijuana policies. The resolution was among dozens of symbolic measures that city leaders unanimously approved on Monday, the […]

06/24/2013

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Gov’t delays requiring rearview cameras in cars

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is again delaying regulations on whether new cars and trucks must come equipped with rearview cameras to protect against drivers backing over people in blind spots behind their vehicles, […]

06/20/2013

US Capitol dome (AP Photo)

Jumble of education topics facing Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — From pre-kindergarten to No Child Left Behind, from broadband-wired schools to college loans, students in every age group are suddenly finding the spotlight on Capitol Hill. After months of relative neglect, education […]

06/06/2013

Student loans

Obama: Student loan increase like $1,000 tax hike

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday urged Congress to prevent student loan rates from doubling in a month, prompting a fight with House Republicans who accused him of playing politics instead of sitting […]

05/31/2013

Student loans

Obama: Rising college costs hold back middle class

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday urged Congress to prevent an increase in student loan rates, saying rising college costs hold back the entire middle class and unfairly saddle young people with more […]

05/31/2013

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What You Missed on LA’s Morning News 5/17/13

Here are the news maker interviews you missed (or want to hear again) from this morning’s edition of LA’s Morning News with Penny Griego and Phil Hulett. 5:32 a.m. – NBC Washington reporter, Bob Costantini […]

05/17/2013

The U.S. Supreme Court building. (AP Photo)

Court won’t stop judges from getting raises

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won’t stop some federal judges from getting cost-of-living increases promised to them by Congress but never paid, a move that could end up increasing the salaries of all federal judges.

04/22/2013

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