- Ex-US Rep. Reynolds scrambles to meet bond conditions Updated: Jul-30-15 6:46 pm
CHICAGO - Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds, facing federal tax charges, scrambled Thursday to find a place to stay to meet bond conditions after prosecutors told a judge that restrictions on sex offenders apply to the Chicago Democrat because of a decades-old statutory rape conviction.
- 4 Democrats get behind Obama's Iran nuclear deal Updated: Jul-30-15 6:37 pm
WASHINGTON - Four Democrats, including one who represents an American hostage in Iran, said Thursday they would support the Iran nuclear deal in a major boost for President Barack Obama.
- Ex-Maine congressman is Obama pick for administration post Updated: Jul-30-15 6:01 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has tapped a former Maine congressman for an administration post to help veterans seeking training and jobs.
- Congress heading on vacation, putting off messy decisions Updated: Jul-30-15 5:46 pm
WASHINGTON - Congress is heading out for a five-week summer recess in anything but a cheerful vacation mood, leaving behind a pile of unfinished business that all but guarantees a painful fall.
- Senate panel passes bill lifting crude oil export ban Updated: Jul-30-15 5:37 pm
WASHINGTON - A Senate panel approved energy legislation Thursday that would lift the 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports and open more areas of the Arctic, Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean to oil and gas exploration.
- Meeting in federal case on sex offender lockup ruled private Updated: Jul-30-15 5:18 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - When Gov. Mark Dayton, top legislators and other public officials head into a federal courthouse next month to discuss Minnesota's embattled sex offender program, the assembly will be closed to the public.
- House speaker protested by flag supporters at Neshoba Fair Updated: Jul-30-15 4:49 pm
PHILADELPHIA, Mississippi - About two dozen people who want to keep the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag held the banner in silent protest Thursday as Republican state House Speaker Philip Gunn spoke at the Neshoba County Fair.
- Anchor denies sham Porsche sale; congressman husband charged Updated: Jul-30-15 4:48 pm
PHILADELPHIA - A Philadelphia news anchor says authorities were wrong to cite the sale of her Porsche as evidence of wrongdoing in the indictment of her congressman husband.
- Meeting unions, Clinton offers support for $12 minimum wage Updated: Jul-30-15 4:20 pm
SILVER SPRING, Maryland - Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday offered some support for a proposal in the Senate that would raise the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour, hinting that the higher rate sought by labor unions doesn't have enough support.
- Congress passes 3-month highway, transit aid patch Updated: Jul-30-15 3:16 pm
WASHINGTON - Congress sent President Barack Obama a three-month bill to keep highway and transit money flowing to states on Thursday, one day before the deadline for a cutoff of funds.
- Senate passes 6-year highway bill, short-term patch needed Updated: Jul-30-15 12:48 pm
WASHINGTON - The Senate passed a long-term transportation bill, but with House lawmakers already dispersed for their August recess, the bill will become just one more sticky issue on a jam-packed congressional agenda in the fall.
- Bangor City Councilor Baldacci announces congressional run Updated: Jul-30-15 11:59 am
BANGOR, Maine - Bangor City Councilor Joe Baldacci, the brother of former Gov. John Baldacci, has filed papers to run for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives in Maine's 2nd District.
- Schock, prosecutors find resolution on contempt accusations Updated: Jul-30-15 11:43 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock and his attorneys have reached a temporary resolution with federal prosecutors on civil contempt accusations he faced for failing to produce campaign and congressional records.
- Illinois state Sen. Tom Cullerton won't run for Congress Updated: Jul-30-15 11:10 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois state Sen. Tom Cullerton says he's decided not to run for Congress to replace Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth.
- Former congressman in court on possible contempt charge Updated: Jul-30-15 3:34 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Former Congressman Aaron Schock and his attorneys appeared in Springfield federal court this week for a hearing to determine if he should be held in civil contempt for failing to produce campaign and congressional records.
- Vermont's 2 senators denounce move to cut Planned Parenthood Updated: Jul-30-15 3:07 am
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Vermont's two U.S. senators are denouncing a Republican-backed move to defund Planned Parenthood.
- GOP leaders rally around Kirk after fundraiser's criticism Updated: Jul-29-15 10:58 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois Republicans rallied around first-term U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk on Wednesday after a top fundraiser briefly suggested that the moderate elected to Barack Obama's former seat should abandon his re-election bid due to a recent series of public gaffes.
- Planned Parenthood seeks fed study of fetal tissue research Updated: Jul-29-15 9:00 pm
WASHINGTON - Under fire for its role in providing fetal tissue for research, Planned Parenthood asked the government's top health scientists Wednesday to convene a panel of independent experts to study the issues surrounding the little-known branch of medicine.
- Clinton to testify before Benghazi panel on Oct. 22 Updated: Jul-29-15 8:21 pm
WASHINGTON - The House committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, says Hillary Rodham Clinton has agreed to appear before the panel on Oct. 22.
- Carter: Successful Iran nuclear deal better than strike Updated: Jul-29-15 7:45 pm
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that the U.S. armed forces stand ready to confront Iran, but told lawmakers that a successful implementation of the nuclear agreement with Tehran is preferable to a military strike.
- Lawmakers move to restore budget items vetoed by Baker Updated: Jul-29-15 7:38 pm
BOSTON - Lawmakers moved Wednesday to restore nearly $100 million in spending vetoed from the state budget by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, including funds for full-day kindergarten programs and for the University of Massachusetts system.
- Senate confirms Obama's pick for Joint Chiefs chairman Updated: Jul-29-15 7:08 pm
WASHINGTON - The Senate on Wednesday confirmed President Barack Obama's pick to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
- Feds accuse Philadelphia congressman Fattah of corruption Updated: Jul-29-15 7:04 pm
PHILADELPHIA - U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah paid off an illegal $1 million campaign loan with federal grants and charitable donations, funneled campaign funds toward his son's student loans and disguised a lobbyist's bribe as payment for a Porsche his TV anchor wife never sold, prosecutors said Wednesday in announcing a racketeering indictment against him.
- Kirk's public comments, gaffes raise questions Updated: Jul-29-15 6:44 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, a first-term Illinois Republican whose seat is key for his party in the 2016 election, has raised questions in recent months with a number of public gaffes. This week, a prominent GOP fundraiser suggested that Kirk step aside for another Republican in the election, then quickly recanted the idea.
- House approves bill to make it easier to fire VA workers Updated: Jul-29-15 6:41 pm
WASHINGTON - The House on Wednesday approved a bill making it easier to fire or demote hundreds of thousands of employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs, as lawmakers expressed continued frustration at the slow pace of change at the beleaguered agency.