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House Benghazi panel may have broken ethics rules: Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi on Benghazi hearingsA probe of the 2012 Benghazi attacks may have violated congressional ethics rules, House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday after a top Republican indicated it was aimed at hurting Democrat Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy.

Angry Democrats called for the Benghazi panel to be disbanded following the remarks on Tuesday evening by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. He is campaigning to be the next speaker of the House when the current speaker, John Boehner, retires on Oct. 30.


Senate approves temporary spending bill, House expected to follow

temporary spending billThe Senate easily passed a temporary funding measure Wednesday that will keep the U.S. government open through Dec. 11, averting a government shutdown that would have started at midnight.

The funding bill now goes before the House, where outgoing Speaker John Boehner promised a vote over objections from fellow Republicans who hoped to leverage government funding to defund Planned Parenthood. The measure, passed 78-20 in the Senate, continues to fund the nonprofit women's health care organization. The Obama administration is said to support the measure.


Republicans, Planned Parenthood square off in Congress

GOP v Planned ParenthoodU.S. Congressional Republicans on Tuesday challenged Planned Parenthood's eligibility for federal funds, while the health organization's president said defunding it would restrict women's access to care and disproportionately hurt low-income patients.

A series of videos that purports to show that Planned Parenthood improperly sells fetal tissue to researchers for profit has reignited anti-abortion voters' fervor during a turbulent Republican presidential primary campaign.


Senate votes to advance spending bill that would avoid government shutdown

Senate [asses spending billThe U.S. Senate on Monday voted in favor of a spending bill that would avoid a government shutdown without addressing the obstacle of funding Planned Parenthood.

Lawmakers approved the measure 77-19 -- which included 44 Democrats, 31 Republicans and two independents voting in favor of the bill. Sixty votes were needed for the measure to go before a full Senate vote.


Ex-House Speaker Hastert lawyers talking possible plea deal

Denny HastertA possible plea agreement is being negotiated in the hush-money case of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, attorneys told a judge Monday, meaning potentially embarrassing details about the underlying actions in the case may never be divulged in court or anywhere else.

Hastert, who led the U.S. House for nine years, has pleaded not guilty to charges that the Republican skirted federal banking laws in an attempt to pay someone $3.5 million to hide claims of past misconduct.


GOP Lawmakers: Speaker Boehner to resign at end of October

BoehnerIn a stunning move, House Speaker John Boehner informed fellow Republicans on Friday that he would resign from Congress at the end of October, giving up his top leadership post and his seat in the House in the face of hardline conservative opposition.

The 13-term Ohio Republican shocked his GOP caucus early Friday morning when he announced his decision in a closed-door session. It came one day after a high point of Boehner's congressional career, a historic speech by Pope Francis to Congress at Boehner's request.


Senate blocks legislation to defund Planned Parenthood

Senate halts Planned Parenhood defunding planDemocrats in the U.S. Senate, joined by some Republicans, blocked an effort on Thursday to deny federal funds for the women's health care group Planned Parenthood in a move that could help avoid a government shutdown on Oct. 1.

Most Senate Republicans had supported the plan to attach the Planned Parenthood defunding to a bill that keeps the government operating with the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1.


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