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Michigan Democrat John Dingell to retire after holding his congressional seat since 1955

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Michigan Democrat John Dingell, who has served longer in the Congress than any other person in history, will retire from the House of Representatives after this year, a senior House Democratic aide said on Monday.

“I’m not going to be carried out feet first,” Dingell, 87, told the Detroit News. “I don’t want people to say I stayed too long.”

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Dingell, who has held his seat in the House since 1955, said he will not seek re-election in November, the newspaper reported.

In his heyday, Dingell wielded power as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and has shaped major laws for cleaner air and water, protecting endangered species and providing healthcare for poor children.

He will formally announce his plan to leave Congress later on Monday at a luncheon in metropolitan Detroit, according to the Detroit News.

A spokesman for Dingell could not be immediately reached to confirm the reports. A senior House Democratic aide confirmed that Dingell intends to retire from Congress after this year.

Dingell first entered Congress to finish his late father’s term and went on to serve nearly six decades.

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Dingell is the latest in a string of senior Democrats to leave Congress this year, including Senator John Rockefeller of West Virginia and Representative Henry Waxman of California.

Dingell also expressed disappointment with Congress.

“I find serving in the House to be obnoxious,” he told the Detroit News. “It’s become very hard because of the acrimony and bitterness, both in Congress and in the streets.”

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(Writing by Doina Chiacu and Richard Cowan; Editing by Susan Heavey and Will Dunham)


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Devin Nunes’ hometown newspaper blasts ‘authoritarian’ lawmaker: ‘He should step aside’ — and get a job on Fox News

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Rep. Devin Nunes’ war against the free press reached a new low on Tuesday when he barred The Fresno Bee from covering a major water forum in Tulare, Calif.The forum covered matters of crucial public interest. The chief executive officer of Friant Water Authority, a public agency, moderated the event. David Bernhardt, secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, also attended. Yet despite the fact that the McClatchy reporters had reserved tickets, Nunes’ staff banned them.“The Fresno Bee learned at 10 a.m. Tuesday that its reporters would not be allowed to cover the event, after receiving ... (more…)

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German investigators said Thursday they suspected a "xenophobic motive" behind shootings at a shisha bar and a cafe that left 10 dead overnight in the city of Hanau.

Hours after police found the suspected gunman dead at his home in the early hours of Thursday following a huge manhunt, federal counter-terror prosecutors took over the case.

The probe was of "particular importance" and there were "signs of a xenophobic motive", a spokesman for the prosecutors told AFP.

Sources close to the investigation confirmed media reports that text and video material was found at the home of the perpetrator, who media reported was a 43-year-old man identified only as Tobias R.

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What makes dogs so special? Science says love

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The idea that animals can experience love was once anathema to the psychologists who studied them, seen as a case of putting sentimentality before scientific rigor.

But a new book argues that, when it comes to dogs, the word is necessary to understanding what has made the relationship between humans and our best friends one of the most significant interspecies partnerships in history.

Clive Wynne, founder the Canine Science Collaboratory at Arizona State University, makes the case in "Dog is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You."

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