House Speaker John Boehner bought stock in two health care companies this year, while third-ranking House
Republican Kevin McCarthy bought and sold Apple stock within a few days. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid bought two government bonds and sold two others.
A frustrated Congress has quit the nation's capital with at least one hope -- that the stark choice in the upcoming election will give lawmakers some clarity about what Americans want from their government.
House Republicans and Democrats have come to agree on at least one way to reduce government spending, by ending federal assistance for the two parties' increasingly expensive and stage-managed presidential conventions.
The House overwhelmingly has renewed a surveillance law that allows the government to monitor conversations of foreign spies and terrorist suspects abroad, while requiring approval from a secret court when Americans are targeted -- no matter where they are.
The consequences could be severe, according to the Congressional Budget Office, if Congress can't find a way to keep tax cuts from expiring and to keep automatic spending cuts from taking effect in January.
Efforts continue to "reinvent" Atlantic City and help draw more visitors to the area, but a new report finds those efforts may be hampered - because Atlantic City International Airport could soon be forced to scale back operations.
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