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McCain, Roberts lock horns on Senate floor over Obama’s Army nominee

Arizona Sen. John McCain pleaded with a fellow Republican, Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, on the Senate floor Thursday to withdraw his objection and allow a vote on Eric Fanning to be Secretary of the Army. But Roberts wouldn’t budge, again citing his opposition to President Barack Obama’s proposal to close the Guantanamo Bay prison and transfer its detainees to U.S. sites, including, potentially, Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.

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NC Democrats in Congress: HB2 treats LGBT people as ‘2nd-class citizens’

North Carolina’s HB2 – House Bill 2 – treats gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people as “second-class citizens” and has raised scrutiny in Washington about federal funding provided in several areas, including education, transportation and health programs, according to the state’s congressional Democrats in a new letter to Gov. Pat McCrory. The letter was signed by U.S. Reps. Alma Adams, G.K. Butterfield and David Price, North Carolina’s only Democrats in Congress.

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Senate bill to let 9/11 families sue Saudis might get vote next week

A Senate bill that would allow U.S. citizens to sue countries that funded terrorism on American soil, targeted at Saudi Arabia, has roiled the White House and the Saudi kingdom, which is threatening to pull $750 billion out of the U.S. But the bipartisan bill, led by Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has a real chance of Senate approval as lawmakers work out some last-minute objections from Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

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Congress hears more views on iPhone encryption

An Apple executive and a top FBI official offer competing perspectives on encryption at a congressional hearing, while lawmakers struggle to draft legislation that balances law enforcement and national security needs with privacy concerns.

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EPA drops controversial race car mention from anti-pollution proposal

Federal Environmental Protection Agency officials say they are not coming after amateur race car drivers for modified engines and the EPA recently pulled back on a proposal that prompted outcry from North Carolina lawmakers and racing fans. But U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson says the issue isn’t settled, and he wants the Clean Air Act to clarify that the EPA has no authority over small-track recreational race cars.

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Lawmakers agree on this: Airports need better breastfeeding spaces

The Senate approves an aviation bill that requires major airports to provide lactation rooms for breastfeeding mothers, a provision pushed by Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri. Under the bill, large and medium hub airports would have two years to install the lactation rooms and could use federal funds from the Airport Improvement Program, which is supported by airline passenger fees.

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Senators McCain, Roberts have heated exchange over Obama’s Army nominee

Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) pleaded with Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) on Thursday to allow a vote on President Obama’s nomination for Secretary of the Army. Roberts refused, citing his opposition to the president’s proposal to close the Guantanamo Bay prison and transfer detainees to U.S. sites.
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Senators McCain, Roberts have heated exchange over Obama’s Army nominee 02:32

Senators McCain, Roberts have heated exchange over Obama’s Army nominee

Sen. Edward Markey decries U.S. opioid ‘crisis’ in hearing for new FDA chief 02:38

Sen. Edward Markey decries U.S. opioid ‘crisis’ in hearing for new FDA chief

What's the big deal with Kevin McCarthy? 01:53

What's the big deal with Kevin McCarthy?

Cruz abruptly out, leaving Trump the unofficial GOP nominee 02:00

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