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Congress Opens Hearings On Boston Bombing/AP NewsMinute
WASHINGTON (AP) — Boston’s police commissioner says the marathon bombings should not be an excuse to move the country into a “police state mentality.” But Commissioner Edward Davis says security should be tightened through various means while protecting basic civil libert…
GOP Congress Members Review Forest Health
DENVER (AP) — Six Republican Westerners in Congress are headed to the Colorado state Capitol on Thursday to review forest management and wildfire prevention. The hearing will look at current forest management plans on federal lands. The lawmakers scheduled to attend are Rep. Steve Pearce of N…
Push For Family Unity In Immigation Bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — Religious and labor leaders are criticizing plans by senators writing an immigration bill to boost employment-based immigration and limit visas granted to people because of family ties. On a conference call Wednesday, officials representing the Roman Catholic Church, the AFL…
Budget Cuts Hurt Trade Policy, Official Says
WASHINGTON (AP) — The administration’s top trade official says budget cuts are making it more difficult to negotiate new trade deals and enforce existing ones. Demetrios Marantis, the acting U.S. Trade Representative, told the Senate Finance Committee that automatic cuts that went into…
Military Leaders Say Congress Must Stop Sequester
WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff say the billions of dollars in defense budget cuts scheduled to begin at the end of the week will have a swift and severe impact on military readiness and they urged Congress to take fast action to stop the reductions. Testifying Tuesday …
Husband Of Wounded Lawmaker Says Congress Must Act
WASHINGTON (AP) — The husband of wounded former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords says that while curbing gun violence is a complex problem, it is no excuse for inaction by lawmakers. Former astronaut Mark Kelly told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that he and his wife, former Ariz…
Gun Ban Proposal Introduced In Washington
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats are reintroducing legislation to ban assault weapons but the measure faces long odds even after last month’s mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn. The measure being unveiled Thursday is authored by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of…
A Look At President Obama’s Gun Control Measures
WASHINGTON (AP) — Proposals for curbing gun violence announced Wednesday by President Barack Obama: NEEDS CONGRESSIONAL ACTION: — Requiring background checks on all gun sales. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence says 40 percent of gun sales are conducted with no criminal backgro…

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