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Black senators target minority unemployment

The only two African-American senators, a Democrat and a Republican, reached across the partisan divide Wednesday to introduce legislation targeting the high unemployment rate among minority youth. | 04/10/14 05:51:18 By - By James Rosen

Lawmakers seek prosecution of ex-IRS official Lois Lerner

A congressional committee asked the Department of Justice on Wednesday to prosecute a top tax official who’s alleged to have improperly targeted conservative political organizations. | 04/09/14 16:56:01 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Bill would have FDA decide on labeling genetically modified food

Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo is pushing a bill in Congress that would shift responsibility for any labeling of genetically modified foods to the hands of the federal government, potentially stopping the efforts underway in many states to mandate labels on such foods. | 04/09/14 16:06:31 By - By Chris Adams

USAID chief grilled over alleged 'Cuban Twitter' subterfuge

Lawmakers interrogated the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development on Tuesday over the organization's funding of a Twitter-like program in Cuba reportedly designed to stir political unrest in the island nation. | 04/09/14 06:20:03 By - By LALITA CLOZEL

Sapling from Anne Frank’s “bare chestnut tree” coming to the Capitol

Congressional leaders will plant an Anne Frank Memorial Tree on the U.S. Capitol’s west front lawn April 30. | 04/09/14 06:17:24 By - By David Lightman

Feinstein asks White House to take lead in releasing CIA report

The Chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee has called for the White House—not the Central Intelligence Agency—to lead the declassification process of the executive summary of the Committee’s massive 6,600-page study on the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program. | 04/08/14 10:39:26 By - By Ali Watkins and David Lightman

Louisiana congressman 'very sorry' after video shows romantic encounter

Louisiana Rep. Vance McAllister has apologized after a video surfaced of the Republican lawmaker in a romantic encounter with a member of his staff. | 04/07/14 20:07:03 By - By MICHAEL A. MEMOLI

A few Republicans push House to move on jobless bill after Senate OK

As soon as the Democratic-controlled Senate passed a measure Monday to extend unemployment aid to jobless Americans, a beleaguered group of House Republicans from states with high unemployment rates called on Speaker John A. Boehner to follow suit. | 04/07/14 20:02:03 By - By LISA MASCARO

Senate approves extension in jobless aid, but House forecast is cloudy

The Senate on Monday agreed to extend the federal unemployment insurance program to about 2.8 million people nationwide who have lost jobs, exhausted their state benefits and still have not found new work. | 04/07/14 18:47:21 By - By Renee Schoof and David Lightman

Medical pot users complain they’re caught between Obama, Congress

Supporters of medical uses for marijuana say Congress needs to get involved to resolve a growing conflict between state and federal laws. | 04/07/14 18:05:54 By - By Rob Hotakainen

It’s a Kentucky-Connecticut battle of the desserts

It’s Kentucky Derby-Pie versus Connecticut brownies and ice cream Monday night. | 04/07/14 18:05:38 By - By David Lightman

Senate finally poised to pass jobless benefit extension

The Senate Monday is finally poised to pass legislation extending emergency unemployment benefits. | 04/07/14 10:32:41 By - David Lightman

North Carolina Senate race a magnet for money and ads

Outside groups have poured millions of dollars into North Carolina’s Senate race, more money than in any other state, but who’s behind a lot of it remains secret. | 04/07/14 04:50:04 By - By Renee Schoof

States feel loss of jobless aid

Despite bipartisan support in the U.S. Senate for reinstating emergency aid for the long-term unemployed, prospects remain dim in the Republican-controlled House. Meanwhile, the toll of the expired extended benefits on states is mounting. | 04/07/14 04:39:00 By - By JAKE GROVUM

Unlike other spy matters, Senate’s probe of CIA’s harsh interrogations raises partisan hackles

The toxic partisanship that’s paralyzed most Washington lawmaking for years often spared congressional consideration of intelligence matters. | 04/07/14 04:33:19 By - By David Lightman

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