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  • Bill shores up highway aid, veterans' health care
    Associated Press | July 29, 2015 3:00 pm
    The House voted Wednesday to shore up federal aid for highway and transit programs and fill a budget hole in veterans' health care:
  • Sen. Cruz takes on more traditional GOP target: the IRS
    Associated Press | July 29, 2015 3:00 pm
    After a week of fighting with other Republicans, Sen. Ted Cruz took on a more traditional GOP target Wednesday: the IRS.
  • House votes to provide money for highways, transit
    Associated Press | July 29, 2015 2:56 pm
    The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to shore up federal highway aid and veterans' health care before heading out of town for its August recess, leaving unresolved an array of sticky issues that are sure to complicate an autumn agenda already groaning under the weight of indecision.
  • US official: Debris in photo belongs to Boeing 777
    Associated Press | July 29, 2015 2:48 pm
    A U.S. official says air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that a photo of aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year.
  • Million-dollar donors lift Jeb Bush's presidential ambitions
    Associated Press | July 29, 2015 2:36 pm
    A dozen million-dollar contributors account for at least 10 percent of Jeb Bush's record-setting presidential fundraising haul.
  • FTC investigating online college University of Phoenix
    Associated Press | July 29, 2015 2:28 pm
    The University of Phoenix, an online college popular among military veterans, is under federal investigation for possible deceptive or unfair business practices, its parent company the Apollo Education Group announced Wednesday.
  • Virginia's Gilmore makes 17 GOP presidential candidates
    Associated Press | July 29, 2015 2:08 pm
    The Republican presidential contest has grown to 17 candidates with Wednesday's entry of Jim Gilmore.
  • House GOP pushes bill to make it easier to fire VA workers
    Associated Press | July 29, 2015 1:56 pm
    The Republican-controlled House is moving forward with a bill making it easier to fire or demote hundreds of thousands of employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • US agency says it is 'deeply concerned' about lion kill
    Associated Press | July 29, 2015 1:52 pm
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it is ready to assist Zimbabwe in its investigation of an American dentist's killing of a protected African lion and will conduct its own probe.
  • Turkish attacks on Kurds muddle Obama's Islamic State fight
    Associated Press | July 29, 2015 1:32 pm
    President Barack Obama's stepped-up partnership with Turkey in fighting the Islamic State may come at the cost of alienating another key group he's counting on for help in the same conflict: the Kurds.
  • GOP presses Planned Parenthood aid ban, faces long odds
    Associated Press | July 29, 2015 1:28 pm
    Senate Republicans pressed their fight Wednesday to bar federal aid to Planned Parenthood, but likely opposition from at least one GOP senator highlighted the long odds they face to prevail.
  • On Capitol Hill, GOP fighting itself instead of Democrats
    Associated Press | July 29, 2015 1:12 pm
    When Republicans took full control of Congress this year, they were determined to show voters they could govern responsibly. Instead they've been tearing each other apart in extraordinarily public displays, delighting Democrats and giving some in the GOP heartburn as the party aims for the White House in 2016.
  • Carter: Successful Iran nuclear deal better than strike
    Associated Press | July 29, 2015 1:04 pm
    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.
  • House leadership outline ticket plans for Pope's speech
    Associated Press | July 29, 2015 12:52 pm
    Members of Congress will get one guest ticket for Pope Francis' speech in September and additional tickets to see the Pontiff on the West Front of the Capitol.
  • Boehner calls challenge by Republican 'no big deal'
    Associated Press | July 29, 2015 12:44 pm
    House Speaker John Boehner brushed aside a challenge to his tenure on Wednesday as the work of a lone dissident Republican amounting to "no big deal."