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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Eager to begin a monthlong break, Congress leavened its customary heavy partisanship on Wednesday with a pinch of compromise, advancing legislation to repair the deeply troubled Department of Veterans Affairs and working to clear funds for highway construction at home and missile   Yahoo Finance   -  33 minutes ago
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(CNN)-- The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a $16 billion bill to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is a bipartisan response to the scandal over delayed care at medical facilities and allegations of alarming management shortcomings at the sprawling federal agency that serves   CNN   -  35 minutes ago
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The House voted 225 to 201 Wednesday to sue President Obama for exceeding his executive authority, launching an unprecedented legal challenge by a congressional body against a president. GOP leaders say the lawsuit is intended to restore balance between the executive and legislative branches. They   Los Angeles Times   -  49 minutes ago
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Senator Mitch McConnell’s Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, has no clue what Israel’s Iron Dome is, or what it does to protect their civilians from Hamas rocket attacks. Apparently, she thinks that it prevents Hamas from attacking Israel from underground (via Lexington Herald-Ledger   Fox Nation   -  55 minutes ago
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A Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept the secretary of state and some U.S. ambassadors in the dark about harsh techniques and secret prisons, according to a document circulating among White House staff. The   Yahoo News   -  58 minutes ago
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The House approved a $17 billion package Wednesday aimed at fixing the scandal-scarred Department of Veterans Affairs, boosting the chances that Congress can finalize the bipartisan legislation before lawmakers leave for the August recess. Fiscal conservatives remain concerned about the cost of the   FOX News   -  1 hour ago
House approves $17B VA deal, sends it to Senate   United Press International
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — President Barack Obama feasted on barbecue Tuesday with four people who wrote him letters in a trip to highlight the struggles of working families in American's heartland, as the clock ticked on pressing issues before Congress goes on summer break. Obama's dinner at Arthur   Yahoo News   -  1 hour ago
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WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) --New voting laws in Ohio and Wisconsin are "misguided attempts to fix a system that isn't broken," U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday. Holder announced the Justice Department is getting involved in the legal fight to overturn Wisconsin's voter ID law and Ohio   United Press International   -  1 hour ago
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WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats opened debate Wednesday on an emergency measure to help stem the flood of young migrants from Central America, though they still face two uphill votes — another procedural, and one of final passage — before they can head home for the five-week August recess having   New York Times   -  2 hours ago
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers particularly vulnerable to terrorists, congressional investigators say. The yearlong   San Francisco Gate   -  2 hours ago
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