Vincent Gray, Eleanor Holmes Norton hit Republicans ahead of D.C. abortion hearing

Norton wanted to testify at hearing on bill to ban District abortions after 20 weeks.

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Lawmakers spar again over bill to ban post­-20-week abortions in District

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Measure’s author, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), is moving to expand the fight beyond the city’s borders.

Cuomo signs sweeping new gun-control measures in New York

The Democratic governor signed strict new measures into law, including a tougher assault weapons ban.

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The real fights over gay marriage are just starting

The Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage, while historic, didn’t settle the issue. In fact, they fuel it.

The inside story of the greatest congressional Web prank ever

For over two years, many Congressional websites featured a hidden Flight of the Conchords Easter egg. This is the story of how that came to be.

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Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks are backlash of too much secrecy

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Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks are a consequence of lawmakers’ decisions to keep public in the dark.

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Lawmakers say obstacles limited oversight of NSA’s telephone surveillance program

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Several lawmakers responsible for overseeing surveillance say they felt limited in ability to challenge program.