Congress

Ex-Indiana lawmaker seeks to challenge US Rep. Bucshon

December 7, 2015
 Associated Press
An attorney and former state legislator is seeking the southwestern Indiana congressional seat now held by Republican Larry Bucshon.
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Rep. Susan Brooks helps put spotlight on civil legal aid

December 2, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Civil legal aid providers got a boost Tuesday with the announcement of the formation of a Civil Legal Services Caucus in the U.S. Congress.
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House staff told by judge to obey insider probe subpoenas

November 17, 2015
 Bloomberg News
The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee and a former top staff member must obey subpoenas in a Securities and Exchange Commission insider-trading investigation tied to health-care legislation, a federal judge ruled, rejecting their claims of immunity from such an inquiry.
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Congress OKs bill banning Guantanamo detainees from US

November 10, 2015
 Associated Press
Congress sent President Barack Obama a $607 billion defense policy bill Tuesday that bans moving Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States — something Obama has been trying to do since he was sworn in as president.
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House passes defense bill that still hampers closing Gitmo

November 5, 2015
 Associated Press
The House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a revised $607 billion defense policy bill that restricts President Barack Obama's efforts to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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Senate blocks legislation to undercut EPA clean water rules

November 4, 2015
 Associated Press
Democrats have blocked a Senate bill that would have forced the Obama administration to withdraw new federal rules to protect smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands from development and pollution.
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Court rejects ACLU's request to stop phone record collection

October 29, 2015
 Associated Press
A federal appeals court in New York has rejected the American Civil Liberties Union's effort to stop bulk collection of its phone records while a more limited collection system is put in place.
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Dennis Hastert pleads guilty, acknowledges hush-money scheme

October 29, 2015
 Associated Press
Dennis Hastert pleaded guilty Wednesday to evading banking laws in a hush-money scheme, averting a potentially lurid trial that could have dredged up sexual allegations by agreeing to a deal with prosecutors that recommended he serve no more than six months in prison.
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Hastert attorney says former speaker intends to plead guilty

October 15, 2015
 Associated Press
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert intends to plead guilty in a multimillion-dollar hush-money case linked to allegations of sexual misconduct from decades ago, a defense attorney told a federal judge Thursday.
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Zoeller, other attorneys general urge OK of addiction law

October 5, 2015
 Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and 37 other attorneys general are urging the Senate to pass the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015.
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Congress passes bill easing small business health law rules

October 2, 2015
 Associated Press
Congress approved bipartisan legislation Thursday aimed at preventing premium increases that some smaller businesses were expecting next year under President Barack Obama's health care law.
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US senators reach deal to reduce prison time for some offenders

October 1, 2015
 Associated Press, IL Staff
A bipartisan group of senators unveiled legislation on Thursday that would overhaul the nation's criminal justice system, allowing some nonviolent drug offenders to get reduced prison sentences and giving judges greater discretion in sentencing.
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Ex-US House speaker's lawyers talking possible plea deal

September 28, 2015
 Associated Press
Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's attorneys are talking with prosecutors about a possible plea deal in the Republican's hush-money case, both sides told a federal judge Monday.
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Embrace immigrants, Pope Francis urges Congress

September 24, 2015
 Associated Press
Standing before a rapt Congress, Pope Francis issued a ringing call to action on behalf of immigrants Thursday, urging lawmakers to embrace "the stranger in our midst" as he became the first pontiff in history to address a joint meeting at the U.S. Capitol.
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Indiana AG Zoeller enters congressional race

July 20, 2015
 Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is looking for a return to Washington by seeking the congressional seat that Republican U.S. Rep. Todd Young is giving up to run for the U.S. Senate next year.
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US personnel chief resigns in wake of massive data breach

July 10, 2015
 Associated Press
The head of the U.S. government's personnel office resigned abruptly on Friday, bowing to pressure for her to step down following a massive government data breach on her watch.
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Indiana attorney general asserts state laws in national data breach debate

July 7, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Warning that a national data breach law would “make consumers less protected,” Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has joined 46 other state and territorial attorneys general in asking Congress to preserve states’ ability to respond to cyber theft. 
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Court ruling spurs backers' hopes for redistricting changes

June 30, 2015
 Associated Press
Groups trying to curb the partisan sculpting of U.S. House of Representative districts are hoping their Supreme Court of the United States victory will prompt more states to create independent commissions to redraw congressional lines.
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High court rules against Spider-Man toy inventor

June 22, 2015
 Associated Press
The inventor of a popular Spider-Man web-shooting toy can't keep reeling in royalties after his patent ran out, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled Monday.
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Court strikes down ‘born in Jerusalem’ passport law

June 8, 2015
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States struck down a disputed law Monday that would have allowed Americans born in Jerusalem to list their birthplace as Israel on their U.S. passports in an important ruling that underscores the president's authority in foreign affairs.
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Expected changes to Patriot Act better, says IU Maurer cybersecurity expert

June 1, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The failure of the U.S. Senate to reauthorize parts of the Patriot Act surprised cybersecurity expert Fred Cate, but he hesitated to describe the expiration of the legislation as a major shift in current policy.
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Senate under pressure after House votes to end NSA program

May 14, 2015
 Associated Press
After the House of Representatives' lopsided bipartisan vote to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone records, the Senate is under considerable pressure to pass a similar measure. If it doesn't, lawmakers risk letting the authority to collect the records expire June 1, along with other important counterterrorism provisions.
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House votes to block EPA regulation of streams, wetlands

May 13, 2015
 Associated Press
House Republicans on Tuesday voted to block government rules that would clarify which streams, tributaries and wetlands should be protected from pollution and development under the Clean Water Act.
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2nd Circuit: NSA phone record collection is excessive

May 7, 2015
 Associated Press
The bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the government exceeds what Congress has allowed, a federal appeals court said Thursday as it asked Congress to step in and decide how best to protect national security and privacy interests.
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Senate deal may yield attorney general vote

April 21, 2015
 Associated Press
U.S. Senate leaders announced a deal Tuesday to move forward on a stalled human trafficking bill, clearing the way for a vote on President Barack Obama's attorney general nominee within days.
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