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GOP fails to stop Democrats' gun protest sit-in on House floor

Dem sit inThe Republicans tried to shut it down, but the Democrats' nearly day-long sit-in protesting the lack of action on gun control was still going Thursday and showed no signs of letting up.

In the middle of the night, House Republicans had sought to end an extraordinary day of drama and what has become a 22-hour sit-in by adjourning for a recess that will last through July 5.

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Democrats Stage Sit-In On House Floor Over Gun Bills

Dem sit in over gun control“Sometimes you have to do something out of the ordinary. Sometimes you have to make a way out of no way. We’ve been quiet for too long,” Lewis said. “Now is the time to get in the way. We will be silent no more. The time for silence is over.”

As another Democrat began to speak, the Republican lawmaker sitting in the chair gaveled the House into a temporary recess until noon. The House cut off the C-SPAN cameras that normally broadcast the floor. Later, when lawmakers reconvened, Democratic members still refused to budge, forming a circle in the well of the floor while chanting. Republicans were forced to gavel into recess once more.

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Rep. Chaka Fattah found guilty on corruption charges

Chaka Fattah guilty on all countsRep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) on Tuesday was found guilty of all charges in a federal corruption trial.

Fattah and four associates had been charged with 29 counts related to bribery, money laundering, fraud and racketeering.

After Tuesday's conviction, Fattah could face a lengthy prison term. The charges related to conspiracy, falsification of records and mail fraud each carry sentences of up to 20 years in prison.

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Democratic filibuster ends with Republican agreement on gun-control vote

Dem. filibusterDemocratic Sen. Chris Murphy ended a nearly 15-hour filibuster early Thursday, saying Republican leaders have agreed to vote on expanded background checks and some gun-control measures in response to the Orlando, Fla., shooting that left 49 dead earlier this week.

The Connecticut senator said Republicans agreed to "a commitment on a path forward" to vote on a measure that will stop gun access to those on terrorist watch lists and expanded background checks for gun shows and Internet sales. Murphy and other Democrats hope to tack the amendments to a pending spending bill.

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Senate Democrats Begin Filibuster Over Gun Control

Dem Senator Murphy fillibusters for gun controlSen. Christopher S. Murphy took the floor before noon Wednesday, saying he intended to give an extended speech to protest inaction on gun violence.  

A spokesman for the Connecticut Democrat confirmed it was, in effect, a talking filibuster.

"I've had enough and I just couldn’t bring myself to come back to the Senate this week and pretend like this is just business as usual," Murphy said Wednesday. "We've got to find a way to come together. Now I don't know how long this will take but I'm going to stand her and hold the floor while we give time to our colleagues to try and find a path forward."

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House GOP leaders block vote banning LGBT discriminaton

House blocks ban against LGBT discrimination Republican House leaders have refused to allow a vote on a bill that would outlaw anti-LGBT discrimination by federal contractors.

Their decision came just days after the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 people and left 53 more injured.

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Senate Fails To Secure Visas For Afghan Interpreters Who Risked Their Lives For U.S. Troops

Afghani interpreters do not get visas extendedA bipartisan attempt to secure thousands of visas for Afghan interpreters who risked their lives to assist American troops in the war in Afghanistan stalled on Tuesday, when the Senate passed a version of the massive defense spending bill that omitted the amendment backed by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.).

The seemingly uncontroversial amendment, which extends the existing special immigrant visa program for one year and allocates an additional 2,500 visas for the program, never had a vote on the Senate floor. In an effort to force a vote on his unrelated amendment, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), blocked votes on several amendments, including the Shaheen provision, which the Utah senator said he supported.

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