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CHICAGO (AP) - Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago, a person familiar with the allegations said Friday.
Despite the new level of freedom for the District's cannabis consumers, federal law has not budged.
Marijuana is legal in Washington D.C. Voters approved the law last fall by a margin of nearly 70 percent. The measure didn’t allow for retail stores but residents can grow up to six plants and possess up to two ounces.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A skeptical federal judge grilled Obama administration lawyers Thursday over the House GOP's health care lawsuit, sounding unlikely to side with the president and dismiss the case.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Rep. Steve LaTourette, gravely ill with pancreatic cancer, has filed a claim against the government over the treatment he received from his Capitol doctors, claiming they failed to pass along critical information about a lesion on the organ and the need for follow-up monitoring.
HAVANA (AP) - A U.S. senator leading a delegation to Cuba predicts the two countries are just weeks away from full diplomatic relations.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Officials tell The Associated Press that the IRS believes the identity thieves who stole personal tax information from an agency website are from Russia.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Federal prosecutors are opposed to moving U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez's corruption case from New Jersey to Washington.
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) - Mitch McConnell said Tuesday the chances are "pretty slim" that Republicans will grow their majority in the U.S. Senate in 2016, saying his goal is to preserve the majority for what he hopes will be a Republican president.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick said Tuesday she will challenge Republican John McCain for his Senate seat next year, launching an uphill bid to unseat the five-term senator in the GOP-leaning state.
NEW YORK (AP) - Former Congressman John Murphy, who represented Staten Island for 18 years before being caught in the Abscam corruption scandal in the late 1970s, has died. He was 88.
CHICAGO (AP) - Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago, a person familiar with the allegations said Friday.
Despite the new level of freedom for the District's cannabis consumers, federal law has not budged.
Marijuana is legal in Washington D.C. Voters approved the law last fall by a margin of nearly 70 percent. The measure didn’t allow for retail stores but residents can grow up to six plants and possess up to two ounces.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A skeptical federal judge grilled Obama administration lawyers Thursday over the House GOP's health care lawsuit, sounding unlikely to side with the president and dismiss the case.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Rep. Steve LaTourette, gravely ill with pancreatic cancer, has filed a claim against the government over the treatment he received from his Capitol doctors, claiming they failed to pass along critical information about a lesion on the organ and the need for follow-up monitoring.
HAVANA (AP) - A U.S. senator leading a delegation to Cuba predicts the two countries are just weeks away from full diplomatic relations.
DETROIT (AP) - Two Michigan lawmakers say they and other members of Congress are sponsoring bipartisan legislation to protect the Great Lakes from the damaging effects of plastic microbeads found in some soaps and personal care products.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama called on the Senate Tuesday to extend key Patriot Act provisions before they expire five days from now, including the government's ability to search Americans' phone records.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta wants Congress to pass a bill that would require the exhumation and removal of a constituent's killer from a Pennsylvania military cemetery.
NEW YORK (AP) - Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is working on a memoir.
Sen. Pat Toomey has taken his defense of police to the White House. After delivering an unannounced, pro-police speech on the Senate floor two weeks ago, the Pennsylvania Republican on Thursday sent a letter to President Obama calling for an end to the newly announced ban on transferring military-grade weapons to local police departments - and saying that the task force which recommended the change had made "insulting" assumptions about police.