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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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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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U.S. Chamber spends big to defeat Kansas Rep. Huelskamp

Less than a week before the Republican primary in Kansas’ 1st Congressional District, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has thrown its support behind the challenger, physician Roger Marshall, in his bid to defeat Rep. Tim Huelskamp. It’s the only case in the country where the chamber is actively opposing the incumbent.

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Feds will propose rules to eliminate ‘soring’ in walking horses

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will propose a rule that would eliminate the practice of “soring,” used by some horse show trainers but decried by animal welfare groups. Under the proposed changes, the department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service would take responsibility for screening, training and licensing the inspectors charged with enforcing federal law.

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The leader of the Congressional Black Caucus is having a huge year

North Carolina’s G.K. Butterfield, a former judge and civil rights attorney, is at the helm of the Congressional Black Caucus in a year increasingly marked by racially charged violence and protests and divisive political debate over gun control and national security. Colleagues say Butterfield has been a uniting force, working with GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan on big issues.

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Firebrand Kansas congressman feels heat in Republican primary

Congressman Tim Huelskamp, a farmer, came to Washington on a wave of tea party sentiment. But six years later, he could be swept out in the Aug. 2 Republican primary in western Kansas’ sprawling First District. His district has been redrawn and the state’s agricultural interests aren’t happy with the farmer’s record in Congress. They’re backing the campaign of his rival, a doctor.

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Talking about race, a year after Charleston

Sen. Tim Scott, along with Rep. Jim Clyburn, co-hosted a panel discussion Wednesday evening on racial reconciliation, joining survivors and families of victims of the Charleston, South Carolina, shooting that took place at the Emanuel AME Church over a year ago.

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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'