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Americans Support Tougher Action Against Jihadists

Washington (AFP) — Americans and Congress have grown hawkish in their views of jihadists, according to a Tuesday poll and lawmakers who say President Barack Obama should take stronger military action against the Islamic State (IS). The increasingly aggressive stance frames the backdrop of Obama’s upcoming speech to the nation Wednesday, when he will lay […]

September 9, 2014

U.S. Lawmakers Want Ukraine Leader To Address Congress

Washington (AFP) — Top U.S. senators on Monday pressed for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to address a joint session of Congress when he visits Washington on September 18. Kiev’s government and military are facing pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine and U.S. lawmakers want President Barack Obama’s administration to “extend a hand of friendship to the […]

September 9, 2014

Will The 113th Congress Be The Least Productive In History?

Members of Congress returned to Capitol Hill after their August recess on Monday, and if they want to avoid being the least productive Congress in modern history, they have their work cut out for them. According to Govtrack.us, this Congress has enacted only 163 laws (including both bills and joint resolutions that have been enacted into […]

September 8, 2014

Watch Out Hill Staffers, @congressedits Is Tweeting All Of Your Wikipedia Edits

Congressional staffers can no longer edit Wikipedia pages in their spare time at work without their changes being tweeted to the world. A new Twitter bot, @congressedits, tracks all anonymous edits to Wikipedia made from congressional IP addresses. So far, the bot has tweeted 97 times and has over 21,000 followers. Web developer Ed Summers was inspired […]

July 21, 2014

Alan Dixon, U.S. Senator From Illinois In ’80s and ’90s, Dies At 86

By Kim Geiger, Chicago Tribune During much his two terms as a U.S. senator, in the 1980s and early 1990s, Alan Dixon was the locally minded counterpart to Sen. Paul Simon, always angling for the best deals for Illinois. He was known as “Al the Pal” for his accommodating style, a reputation built over a […]

July 7, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Reviews Gun Law For Domestic Violence Offenders

Washington (AFP) – The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments as it struggles to determine whether domestic violence offenders could be barred from possessing a firearm even if they have only committed minor offenses. The high court’s nine justices took up the case of James Castleman, who argues that his domestic assault conviction in Tennessee for […]

January 16, 2014