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John Dingell, Longest Serving Congresssman, Retires

United States Representative from Michigan John Dingell has announced his intention to retire from the House after nearly 60 years of service. Dingell first came to the House in a special 1955 election following the death of his father. Over the past 59 years, Dingell has served with 11 presidents, ranging all the way from Dwight D. Eisenhower to Barack …

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Bill That Would Ban In-Flight Calls Approved By House Committee

The FAA made a lot of fliers happier last year when it relaxed its ban on using electronic devices during take-off and landing. The ban on in-flight calls was still in effect though, but it looked like the FCC was going to strike that one down too. Well, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee doesn’t really like that idea. The …

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Sandra Fluke Is Taking Steps Toward Running For Congress In California

The steps are being taken for Sandra Fluke to run for Congress in the state of California. She is seeking the endorsement from the California state Democratic Party in order to run for the seat that will be vacated by Harry Waxman. Although she has yet to officially declare her bid for the congressional race, Sandra Fluke continues to take …

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Farm Bill Passes Senate; Cost is Nearly $1 Trillion

Tuesday, the United States Senate voted 68 to 32 in favor of a new five-year farm bill, following 3 years of highly contested arguments and political maneuvers attempting to sway the bill in favor of a particular political party. The bill will now be sent to President Obama, who is expected to sign the bill into law. The 949 page …

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Americans Now Turning on Their Own Congress Members

It’s been a cliche in American politics for some time that voters think congress is doing a terrible job, yet believe that their own member of congress is working hard in their best interests, as well as those of the U.S. as a whole. Now, with congressional approval ratings falling to new lows, it seems that voters are even beginning …

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Target To Testify Before Congress Over Colossal Data Breach

The House subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade will hold a hearing during the first week of February to “examine data breaches and their effect on consumers” – and Target is the guest of honor. As you may recall, back in December the retail giant announced a massive data breach, claiming that criminals had gained access to customer information around …

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Another Democratic Congressman Announces Retirement

Congressman Bill Owens today announced that he will not seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives this fall. Owens is the Democratic representative from New York’s 21st District. Owens has served in the House since 2009, when he won a special election for his district that took place after Congressman John McHugh took a position as Secretary of the …

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Congressman George Miller Announces His Retirement

U.S. Representative George Miller today announced that he will not be seeking re-election for his California district seat this fall. Miller is currently one of the longest-serving Democratic representatives in congress, having first been elected to his seat in 1974. He is the fifth most senior member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ‚ÄúThis is a great institution and I …

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Gabrielle Giffords May Run For Office in the Future

In an interview with NBC’s Today show on Thursday, former Arizona Senator Gabrielle Giffords stated that she may consider running for office “…a little later” down the road. Leaving the potential open for a return to political office is a big step for Giffords, who is happy to simply be alive following being shot in the head during a political …

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AT&T’s Sponsored Data Criticized by Congresswoman

Yesterday AT&T announced its “Sponsored Data” initiative, which would allow companies to pay AT&T subscribers’ data costs for accessing their content. The plan immediately raised red flags for net neutrality activists, who saw the plan as the very thing they had been fighting to prevent. Though AT&T attempted to promote Sponsored Data as a good thing for consumers who might …

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Unemployment Extension Possible in 2014?

The million or more people who will no longer be seeing unemployment checks – money that has kept food on the table – are unsure of how they will survive. However, the possible good news is that next week, as early as Monday, Senate Democrats will move to vote on a three month extension for unemployment benefits for the 1.3 …

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Unemployment Benefits Expire For 1.3 Million

This weekend, millions of Americans are suddenly going to stop receiving their unemployment benefits. The extended federal benefits plan expires this Saturday, the 28th, forcing 1.3 million to go without a source of income. These long-term federal benefits were created by President Bush in the recession of 2008, and since then have been extended 11 more times. The most recent …

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