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No Government Shutdown: Senate Passes Funding Bill After Democrats Back Down

TilllingsonSenate Democrats dropped their objections Friday night to a short-term-funding bill to keep the government running, and the bill passed less than an hour before the midnight deadline.

It's become a familiar year-end act for Congress: passing a short-term-funding bill that will keep the government running for a few more months. This funding measure, which passed 63-36, runs out in April.


The House Science Committee is spreading ‘fake news, bad science, and basically, crap’

House Science Committee liesIn the era of fake news, it is downright cringe-worthy when an ostensibly reliable source — a House of Representatives committee, for example — tweets out misleading information. In the era of rapidly increasing climate change, it’s also dangerous.

That’s what happened on Thursday, when the official, verified House Science Committee account spread an article based on bad science through their Twitter feed. Not only does the article peddle misinformation in order to deny the reality of climate change, but it was published by Breitbart news — which is notorious for its links to white nationalism, misogyny, and antisemitism. The site also has a long history of insistent climate change denial.


Congress allows rule permitting mass hacking by government to take effect

Ron WydenIn a defeat for privacy advocates, Senate leaders rebuffed a last-ditch effort by a bipartisan group of senators Wednesday to allow a vote to block a new rule that allows federal agents armed with a single search warrant to hack millions of Americans' computers or smartphones at once.

That rule will now take effect Thursday.


Congressman's grandson fatally shot over shoes

Rep. Danny DavisChicago police say a dispute over basketball shoes led to the fatal shooting of the grandson of Illinois U.S. Rep. Danny Davis.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi (gooh-YEHL'-meeh) says the attackers went to the home of 15-year-old Jovan Wilson in the Englewood neighborhood Friday night and shot him in the head after an argument. Guglielmi says Wilson knew the attackers and that the incident was not a home invasion, as reported previously.


The Glory Days of Elizabeth Warren’s CFPB Are Numbered

Warren's Consumer agency to endOn Nov. 9, Senator Elizabeth Warren paid a visit to the headquarters of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, the agency she helped create before she got to Congress.

The Massachusetts Democrat’s meeting with CFPB staffers had been scheduled before the election. Taking in the surprise result, Warren offered a sobering description of the uncertainties that lay ahead for the young agency with Republicans in control of both the White House and Congress, according to people familiar with her remarks. She told the staffers she would fight against any attempts to change the agency’s structure or funding, or any of the rules the regulator was working on.


Paul Ryan unanimously renominated as House speaker, will face Jan. 3 vote

Paul RyanRepublicans in Congress unanimously renominated Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as speaker of the House for another two years Tuesday.

A revitalized GOP on Capitol Hill made Ryan their official choice for the leadership post, in which he's served for a year -- taking over for John Boehner October 2015.

The entire junior chamber will vote on the nomination just after the new year.


Former Rep. Aaron Schock being indicted, his lawyer says

Aaron Schock indictedThe Justice Department will indict former Rep. Aaron Schock Thursday, his attorney said in prepared remarks he was to deliver in Peoria, Illinois, this afternoon.

Schock resigned from Congress more than a year ago after a series of POLITICO stories detailed his alleged misspending of official and campaign funds.


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