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Bill to require warrants to search emails gains steam in the House

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bill to force government agencies to get warrants before they access the email of people under investigation advanced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday after a majority of lawmakers signed on as co-sponsors. Advocates of the reform, which have included large…

Democrats consider boycott after GOP-heavy House approves Benghazi panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-run U.S. House of Representatives voted along party lines on Thursday to set up a committee to investigate the 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya. Unhappy Democrats were considering boycotting the panel. The House voted 232-186 to set up a 12-member special investigative committee.…

Embattled lawmaker’s ex-girlfriend pleads not guilty: ‘My client is not a sophisticated woman’

A Texas woman pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges of arranging illegal contributions to the 2010 campaign of embattled U.S. Representative Michael Grimm, a New York Republican. Diana Durand, a former fundraiser for Grimm, pleaded not guilty in New York to charges of funneling more than $10,000 to two…

Democratic groups take shots at weakened GOP and set sights on the House in 2014

On Wednesday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed the ways in which Democratic politicians and members of the U.S. House of Representatives are hoping to benefit from the Republican Party’s decision to shut down the federal government. Early in the segment, she discussed how at…

House of Representatives unanimously approves back pay for federal workers

The U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously on Saturday to provide back pay to federal workers furloughed by the Republican shutdown of the federal government. According to NBC News, the Senate is also in session Saturday afternoon so that that body, too, could pass the measure, bringing relief to the…

House votes to delay Obamacare by a year and cut medical device tax, setting up government shutdown

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Saturday to pass two amendments to a government funding bill that would delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — for one year and lift a tax on medical devices designed to help fund the Act. The amendment…

Republican House sets up government shut down with budget that defunds Obamacare

The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved an budget measure that would strip all funding from the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — or shut down the federal government. According to Talking Points Memo, the bill passed with a 230 to 189 vote along party…

Tea party rep.: Dems engage in ‘the most insidious form of slavery’

Rep. Allen West (R-FL), a tea party favorite, said Wednesday in a speech to the U.S. House of Representatives that his colleagues in the Democratic Party engage in “the most insidious form of slavery remaining in the world today.” “Our party firmly believes in the safety net,” West said. “We…

House bill could outlaw negotiations with Iran

Legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives aimed at beefing up economic sanctions against Iran could prohibit the United States from negotiating with the country, Reps. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and Fortney Pete Stark (D-CA) warned in a letter to their colleagues. The Iran Threat Reduction Act, H.R. 1905, is expected…

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