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Cleaver requests added security after a hack and racist phone calls

The personal information of U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Kansas City and some of his staffers was compromised in the recent hack of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The congressman has had to change his phone numbers and even requested additional security around his home after receiving a string of harassing calls that included profanity and ‘the N word.’

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Push for healthier food could push some stores off food stamp program

In an effort to increase healthy eating options for underprivileged Americans, Congress voted to increase the number and variety of foods required for sale at stores authorized to accept food stamps. But critics warn the way the U.S. Department of Agriculture is implementing the law could force tens of thousands of small convenience stores to stop accepting food stamps.

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Is the Energy Department doing enough to protect nuclear whistleblowers?

The Department of Energy says it is boosting protections for nuclear whistleblowers. The move comes after an audit requested by Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill and two other senators slammed the agency for not doing enough to protect employees from retaliation by DOE contractors if they reported health or safety concerns. Lawmakers and activists say the reforms are weak and mostly cosmetic.

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Fort Worth’s water project is finally on the verge of funding

Over 10 years after Rep. Kay Granger announced support for a project that would divert the Trinity River and create an urban lake and waterfront in northern Fort Worth, the Trinity River Vision is finally on track to be fully federally funded. The project is poised to be approved for about $520 million in funds by Congress as one of the projects in a large water-development infrastructure bill.

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ExxonMobil research driving rift on Capitol Hill

House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, tried and failed using his new subpoena powers to elicit information from the attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts and eight environmental groups. Smith is challenging their investigations into Irving, Texas-based ExxonMobil’s climate change research, which allegedly predicted decades ago the impact of fossil fuels on the environment. Next up? A potential contempt-of-Congress face-off when lawmakers return in September.

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North Carolina lawmakers tiptoe around NATO concerns

NATO will soon play a crucial role in stamping out the overseas threat posed by the Islamic State. North Carolina lawmakers have been cautious not to rail against an anti-alliance message by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump while highlighting the importance and value of the multinational relationship. Maintaining a careful balance between public support and quiet opposition has become an art form in the 2016 presidential election.

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He helped create ‘discriminatory’ law, but ruling on it likely won’t hurt him

If a court ruling on North Carolina’s voter ID law sparks a backlash against Republicans, time and distance are on U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis’ side – though he’s one of the controversial law’s most ardent defenders and he cited the protracted legal battle over the measure as one of the reasons he voted against Attorney General Loretta Lynch during last year’s confirmation hearings.

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First U.S. cases of mosquito-transmitted Zika sharpen debate in Congress

The discovery of locally transmitted Zika cases prompted Democratic lawmakers from Florida and beyond to demand that Republican leaders call Congress into emergency session from its summer break to approve long-stalled Zika funding. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Miami Republican, was the only GOP senator to join Democrats in urging representatives and senators to return to the nation’s capital and deal with the Zika threat.

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Experts urge Congress to pass a Zika prevention bill

Three senior U.S. government experts testify before a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee to urge Congress to pass a $1.1 billion Zika prevention bill stalled by partisan politics. The bill stalled after a House GOP version added provisions to block funding to Planned Parenthood for birth control.
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Experts urge Congress to pass a Zika prevention bill 2:22

Experts urge Congress to pass a Zika prevention bill

Loretta Lynch testifies before lawmakers over Clinton email probe 1:39

Loretta Lynch testifies before lawmakers over Clinton email probe

Sen. Whitehouse says 'duty calls' to take a stand on climate change 0:29

Sen. Whitehouse says 'duty calls' to take a stand on climate change

NC representative tells NRA during sit in: 'Get the Hell out of the way' 3:49

NC representative tells NRA during sit in: 'Get the Hell out of the way'