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Congress weighs fixes to Voting Rights Act

Congress took the first step Wednesday toward trying to repair a vital section of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act, a month after the Supreme Court ruled the provision unconstitutional. | 07/17/13 19:10:49 By - By William Douglas and Kate Irby

Senate averts ‘nuclear option,’ confirms Richard Cordray for consumer agency

The Senate averted a showdown Tuesday over the fate of the filibuster as it confirmed President Barack Obama’s choice to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and moved to consider other key administration nominees. In exchange for acting on Richard Cordray, Democrats and the White House agreed to withdraw two National Labor Relations Board nominees who were recess appointments by Obama and replace them with new choices. | 07/16/13 19:14:10 By - By William Douglas and Lindsay Wise

Inside the immigration bill: Details, bureaucracy and pork

Inch your way through the Senate immigration bill and you’ll find special stuff for ski instructors, cruise line repairmen and Irish workers. You’ll see “committee’’ mentioned 152 times, and task forces cited 39 times. | 07/15/13 00:00:00 By - David Lightman and William Douglas

Sens. Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell gird for war over filibuster

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid moved closer Thursday to dramatically altering Senate rules in order to block the chamber’s Republican minority from filibustering President Barack Obama’s executive nominees. | 07/11/13 18:46:45 By - By William Douglas and Ali Watkins

House GOP fails to resolve party split over immigration

Republicans struggled without success Wednesday to find common ground over how to deal with the estimated 11 million immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally. | 07/10/13 19:24:12 By - By David Lightman, Anita Kumar and William Douglas

U.S. reviews aid to Egypt, debates whether it was a coup

The United States will review – but not automatically cut off – the $1.5 billion in aid it sends to Egypt annually in the wake of the military ouster of President Mohammed Morsi and the suspension of the country’s constitution, President Barack Obama said Wednesday. | 07/03/13 20:23:09 By - By Lesley Clark and William Douglas

Long the stuff of legend, filibuster might be in danger in Senate

Arcane but often effective, the filibuster is hot these days. But is it any way to run a government? The battle over the use – or abuse – of the filibuster in the U.S. Senate may come to a head this month as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., mulls changing the chamber’s rules to prevent Republicans from using the procedure to block President Barack Obama’s judicial and administration nominees. | 07/02/13 14:55:44 By - By William Douglas

After Supreme Court ruling on voting rights, now it’s Congress’ turn

A divided Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a centerpiece of the 1965 Voting Rights Act in a marked victory for Southern states and conservatives that also poses a steep challenge for Congress. | 06/25/13 19:05:36 By - By Michael Doyle and William Douglas

Border deal improves chances of immigration bill in Senate

The chances of the Senate passing a comprehensive immigration bill improved dramatically Thursday after a bipartisan group of senators reached an agreement to double the number of Border Patrol agents and add 700 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border. | 06/20/13 18:50:39 By - By William Douglas and Kevin Thibodeaux

FBI tells Congress it uses drones in U.S.

FBI Director Robert Mueller acknowledged Wednesday that the bureau has used unmanned aerial drones for surveillance in the United States and suggested that government needs to develop guidelines as their use grows. | 06/19/13 18:49:47 By - By William Douglas and Kevin Thibodeaux

NSA chief: Spying stopped 50 terrorist ‘events’

The director of the National Security Agency testified Tuesday that the government’s massive surveillance program helped thwart more than 50 terrorist “events” worldwide since Sept. 11, 2001, including a planned bombing of the New York Stock Exchange that involved a Kansas City man. | 06/18/13 17:06:27 By - By William Douglas and Ali Watkins

With student loan rates about to double, lawmakers squabble

Student loan rates will double to 6.8 percent on July 1 if Congress doesn’t settle on a new plan soon, but disagreements flared Thursday, not only between the two parties, but between a veteran Democrat and President Barack Obama. | 06/13/13 19:31:46 By - By Renee Schoof and William Douglas

Feinstein will seek limits on who can see NSA spy data

The Senate intelligence committee chairman on Thursday vowed an effort to limit the access of government contract workers, such as Edward Snowden, to highly classified information. | 06/13/13 18:25:40 By - By William Douglas and David Lightman

In setting limits of secrecy, Congress has taken a back seat

When Sen Ron Wyden, D-Ore., stepped to the Senate floor last December, he had something on his mind. He was disturbed by what he’d learned about the way the executive branch had used a section of the USA Patriot Act to collect records from millions of Americans’ phones. But he didn’t feel free to tell the American people what he knew. Congress prides itself on being the most open of the three branches of government, where business is conducted publicly and constituents are welcome to watch. But the phone records controversy shows that even among the elected representatives of the people, secrecy can overcome open discussions of public policy. | 06/07/13 19:11:23 By - By David Lightman and William Douglas

Intelligence Director declassifies law to explain massive phone, Internet surveillance

President Barack Obama’s administration on Thursday defended a newly disclosed National Security Agency program that gathers telephone records of tens of millions of Verizon customers, authorized under a secret court order. | 06/06/13 23:36:09 By - By Anita Kumar and William Douglas

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