The final push ahead of health care repeal vote

WASHINGTON – Lawmakers are making their final arguments ahead of Wednesday’s House vote to repeal the health care reform law. Floor debate began Tuesday afternoon and will continue for five hours on Wednesday before the final vote is called. The repeal of the...
Hu visit brings calls to free Tibet

Hu visit brings calls to free Tibet

WASHINGTON — Dozens of Tibetans marched and yelled “Hu Jintao: Failed Leader” and “Hu Jintao’s a liar” at Lafayette Square Park in front of the White House Tuesday afternoon. Students For a Free Tibet has launched a three-day campaign to protest the Chinese...
House honors shooting victims with words, tears

House honors shooting victims with words, tears

WASHINGTON — With President Barack Obama due to speak in Tucson Wednesday evening, members of the House spent the whole day on the floor honoring one of their own. Democrats and Republicans united in praise for their colleague, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and remembered...

Haiti, one year later: a status report

One year after a catastrophic earthquake devastated Haiti, Gail McGovern, the head of the American Red Cross, defended the pace of the organization’s donation distribution, arguing the group was making a long-term investment in the country. “We resisted the urge to...
U.S. says Taliban losing ground

U.S. says Taliban losing ground

WASHINGTON — The nation’s top military officer said Wednesday the growth and development of Afghan national security forces is progressing more quickly and the result is a much-weakened Taliban. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen told reporters at...
Calming Congress’ fears

Calming Congress’ fears

WASHINGTON — Senate Sergeant of Arms Terrance Gainer hosted a security briefing in the Dirksen Senate Office for lawmakers Wednesday. The briefing was also broadcast to 454 police offices. The briefing was intended to “calm the fears” in the wake of weekend...

How’d he get a gun?

Accused gunman Jared Lee Loughner faces five criminal charges after he allegedly shot dead six people and injured 14 in Saturday’s Tucson rampage. But the 22-year-old will not face charges on at least one count: law enforcement officials say Loughner legally obtained...
House returns for somber agenda

House returns for somber agenda

WASHINGTON — The House chamber was nearly empty. Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, led the floor in a prayer and a pledge of allegiance, and heard from two members of Congress with procedural questions. With that, the House adjourned – four minutes after the session...