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The GOP Shut Down a Program That Might Have Prevented Dallas and Baton Rouge

GOP cut funds for vet studyAs the right-wing outrage machine would have it, the shootings of police in Dallas and Baton Rouge by U.S. military veterans were the fault of President Obama. “How many law enforcement and people have to die because of a lack of leadership in our country?” Trump recently wrote in a Tweet.

But seven years ago, when a little-known division in the new president’s Department of Homeland Security sought to explore the potential violence of returning veterans—one that might have aided local law enforcement with intelligence in Dallas and Baton Rouge—it was Congressional Republicans who succeeded in pushing to shut the program down.

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Congresswoman indicted, accused of using charity as 'slush fund'

Congresswoman Brown indictedRep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) and her chief of staff, Elias “Ronnie” Simmons, are being charged with 24 counts of fraud in connection with a fake charity, according to a federal grand jury indictment that was released Friday.

The charges include mail and wire fraud, conspiracy and tax fraud, according to the Department of Justice.

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House Republicans' gun bill delayed indefinitely

Paul RyanA House Republicans-sponsored gun bill has been put off indefinitely as speaker Paul Ryan was unable to wrangle together sparring Republicans for support.

The bill was supposed to be part of a anti-terrorism package that House GOP members talked up and expected to vote on this week, but Ryan, R.-Wis., said he still couldn't find consensus on the legislation on Thursday.

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FBI’s Comey: Clinton wasn’t held to a different standard

James ComeyFBI Director James Comey told a packed hearing Thursday on Capitol Hill that Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified material was not held to a different standard from that of lower-ranking military or civilian officials.

Comey drew a sharp contrast between Clinton’s case and that of former CIA Director David Petraeus, a war hero who pleaded guilty last year to a misdemeanor charge of giving classified material to his lover and biographer, Paula Broadwell of Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Congress Buys the Navy a $400 Million Pork Ship

Littloral combat shipIn the nearly eight years since the first Littoral Combat Ship was delivered to the Navy, it hasn’t won many ardent fans beyond the Navy, its home-state lawmakers or the employees of the two shipbuilders producing dueling models. The ships’ maiden voyages have been marked by cracked hulls, engine failures, unexpected rusting, software snafus, weapons glitches and persistent criticism of how vulnerable they are to an attack.

“The ship is not reliable,” the Pentagon’s operational test and evaluation director said in a report released in January, only the most recent such judgment it has made. During 113 days of testing on one ship last year, some of the engines and water jets responsible for propelling the ship forward were out of commission for 45 days.

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Dems release parallel Benghazi report ahead of GOP

John LewisDemocrats on the House Select Committee on Benghazi released their rebuttal to the Republican-led committee’s argument on Monday, before the GOP leaders published their own report.

The 339-page Democratic report aims to refute allegations expected to be made by Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) in what they have long claimed is a partisan witch hunt.

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House Democrats end gun-vote sit-in

House Dems end sit-inDemocrats ended their sit-in on the House floor at around 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon, after more than 24 hours of stalling proceedings to call for action on gun control legislation.

Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) spoke while surrounded by his Democratic colleagues to close the protest, which lasted through the night after beginning shortly after11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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