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Lawmakers poised to leave town with lots of work left undone

Congress is on track to shore up federal highway aid and veterans' health care before heading out of town this week for its August recess, leaving an array of sticky issues unresolved that are sure to complicate an autumn agenda already groaning under the weight of indecision.

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Sally Yates
FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2010, file photo, then-U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia Sally Yates, at a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
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FBI, Justice Dept. take encryption concerns to Congress

Federal law enforcement officials warned Wednesday that data encryption is making it harder to hunt for pedophiles and terror suspects, telling senators that consumers' right to privacy is not absolute and must be weighed against public-safety interests.

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John Boehner
FILE - In this June 25, 2015, file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
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Back at work – Congress facing busy agenda, funding deadline

Members of Congress return from July Fourth fireworks and parades Tuesday facing a daunting summer workload and an impending deadline to fund the government or risk a shutdown in the fall.

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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R., Wash. (center) at a news conference on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Wednesday.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R., Wash. (center) at a news conference on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Wednesday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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Late-term abortions – most would be banned under GOP bill passed by House

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans finally won House approval Wednesday for a late-term abortion ban after dropping rape provisions that provoked a rebellion by female GOP lawmakers, forcing party leaders into an embarrassing retreat.

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Amtrak cuts proposed by House committee on day of derailment

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A powerful House committee is weighing legislation that would slash funds for Amtrak by 18 percent just hours after a deadly train crash in Philadelphia.

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The worst park job ever now belongs to a member of Congress

Just when you think you've seen it all in the road, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton has provided us with what is unequivocally the worst attempt at fitting into a parking spot of all-time.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, at a press conference last November. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, at a press conference last November. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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Obamacare, safety net programs targeted in House GOP budget

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans are using their new congressional majorities to push strikingly conservative budgets through the House and Senate, aiming to eliminate deficits by overturning President Barack Obama's health care law and slashing safety net programs for the poor.

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(Jeremy Edwards, ThinkStock)
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5 things to know about the low standing of major US institutions

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans' confidence in all three branches of government is at or near record lows, according to a major survey that has measured attitudes on the subject for 40 years.

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Homeland Security Department headquarters in Washington DC.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
Homeland Security Department headquarters in Washington DC. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
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Homeland Security funding clears House without strings

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bitterly admitting defeat, House Republicans on Tuesday abandoned their attempts to use the Homeland Security Department's spending bill to force concessions from President Barack Obama on immigration, and sent him legislation to fund the agency through the end of the budget year with no strings attached.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves as he speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves as he speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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Israel’s Netanyahu, addressing Congress, assails US-Iran nuclear talks

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a speech that stirred political controversy in two countries, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress on Tuesday that negotiations underway between Iran and the United States would "all but guarantee" that Tehran would get nuclear weapons, a step he said the world must avoid at all costs.

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