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Sen. Dick Durbin pays female staffers $11K less than men, on average

Tue, 2014-04-08 08:39

Sen. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.), who is leading the Equal Pay Day push by Senate Democrats to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, pays women on his staff far less than he pays men.

Durbin took to the Senate floor on Tuesday to preach on the importance of passing legislation aimed ...

Jailed boxer Carlos Molina still in Las Vegas jail

Tue, 2014-04-08 08:37

LAS VEGAS (AP) - An attorney for boxer Carlos Molina has told a judge in Las Vegas that attorneys hope to get a Wisconsin warrant withdrawn and then get immigration proceedings resolved so Molina can be freed from jail.

Molina is jailed in Las Vegas following his arrest ...

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy pulls Breitbart column over twerking Nancy Pelosi pic

Tue, 2014-04-08 08:35

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy has asked Breitbart News to pull his column after the conservative website launched new artwork featuring House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's head on a twerking Miley Cyrus' body.

Breitbart News ran into trouble Monday when it launched its California branch with several altered images of ...

John Kerry: Russia to face tougher new sanctions if meddling in Ukraine continues

Tue, 2014-04-08 08:31

Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Tuesday warned Russia that it would face tougher economic sanctions if it doesn't stop meddling in eastern Ukraine.

The Obama administration and its allies in Europe are united and willing to impose tough new sanctions "on those orchestrating this action and on key ...

Senate GOP: Tax dollars wasted on faulty state-run Obamacare websites

Tue, 2014-04-08 08:03

A pair of Senate Republicans said Tuesday they are upset that taxpayer dollars were spent on balky Obamacare websites run by the states.

Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Chuck Grassley of Iowa also suggested that some of the portals might not be operational by the time enrollment starts up ...

Dem senator: Not sure if Senate can break equal-pay filibuster

Tue, 2014-04-08 07:13

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire Democrat, said Tuesday that she's not sure if the Senate has the votes to break a filibuster on an equal pay bill.

"We'll see what happens," she said on MSNBC. "I think regardless of what happens, it's important for us to stand for the women ...

Mayor welcomes release of federal probe results

Tue, 2014-04-08 07:09

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says he welcomes the upcoming release of long-awaited results of a federal investigation into complaints of civil rights violations and allegations of excessive use of force by the city's police department.

The Department of Justice will release its investigation's results ...

Women's wage gap not part of Democrat's election-year strategy: DeLauro

Tue, 2014-04-08 06:28

Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Connecticut Democrat, said Tuesday that Democrats' push to close the gender gap is not part of an election year strategy.

"I've been introducing the paycheck fairness act every Congress since 1997," she said on MSNBC.

"This whole notion that we have created this construct about pay equity ...

Hank Aaron: Modern bigots 'wear starched shirts and neckties'

Tue, 2014-04-08 05:29

Baseball legend Hank Aaron, 80, acknowledged race relations have changed since his threat-filled days chasing Babe Ruth's home run record — but said modern tormenters still exist wearing suits and ties instead of KKK hoods.

"We can talk about baseball. Talk about politics. Sure this country has a black president, ...

Hoyer says Dems have a 'good chance' of winning the House

Tue, 2014-04-08 04:48

Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, said Tuesday that Rep. Paul Ryan's budget could help Democrats take the House later this year.

"It's a budget that I think is going to make the Republicans very vulnerable because people are going to see a budget that doesn't help them," he said ...

John Boehner defends Obamacare vote but vows: I will 'try to repeal' law

Tue, 2014-04-08 04:13

House Speaker John Boehner took to national television to defend his role — and that of some of his fellow Republicans — in voting with Democrats on a tweak to Obamacare that was seen as a party betrayal by some conservatives. As part of his defense, he vowed Republicans on ...

Conservation group sues for grizzly information

Tue, 2014-04-08 03:56

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A conservation group is suing the U.S. Geological Survey for information on threatened grizzly bears in northwestern Montana.

The Alliance for the Wild Rockies says the USGS failed to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request for reports and findings on the Cabinet-Yaak ...

Married Rep. Vance McAllister caught kissing staffer: 'I've fallen short'

Tue, 2014-04-08 03:48

Rep. Vance McAllister, caught on video in deep kisses with his Capitol Hill staffer, has asked for forgiveness from his wife, from his staff and constituents and from God.

Mr. McAllister's local Louisiana newspaper published what it said was surveillance video of the Republican making out with one of his ...

Del. lawmakers eye campaign finance bill

Tue, 2014-04-08 01:16

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is set to vote on a bill requiring political candidates to file additional campaign finance disclosures.

The bill to be voted on Tuesday establishes June 30 as the end of a new mandatory reporting period for political campaign committees. Currently, committees ...

Dallas-area mayor, 9 workers accused of corruption

Mon, 2014-04-07 20:09

HUTCHINS, Texas (AP) - The mayor of a Dallas-area town and eight past and present employees of the town's public works department have been indicted on corruption charges.

A Dallas County grand jury accused Hutchins Mayor Artis Johnson on Monday of criminal conspiracy and abuse of official capacity. ...

Pro-Russians call east Ukraine region independent

Mon, 2014-04-07 19:43

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - Pro-Moscow activists barricaded inside government buildings in eastern Ukraine proclaimed their regions independent Monday and called for a referendum on seceding from Ukraine - an ominous echo of the events that led to Russia's annexation of Crimea.

The Ukrainian government accused Russia of stirring ...

Alaska to sue Interior Department for road to reach medical aid

Mon, 2014-04-07 19:38

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell announced Monday that the state will sue the Obama administration to allow construction of a 10-mile road to give residents of a remote fishing village access to emergency medical flights at an all-weather airport.

Residents of King Cove, Alaska, were outraged in December when Interior Secretary ...

U.S. picks up $700 million tab for coalition's food and laundry in Afghanistan

Mon, 2014-04-07 18:49

In a staggering loss of money even by Pentagon standards, the U.S. military and two contractors left American taxpayers on the hook for more than $700 million in food, laundry and other services that should have been billed to countries that sent troops to Afghanistan.

Coalition countries tacitly agreed to ...

Handling of former IRS employee Lois Lerner makes lawyers cringe

Mon, 2014-04-07 18:34

As the House prepares for several key votes on former Internal Revenue Service employee Lois G. Lerner and potential legal action, analysts say she and her attorney have mishandled their case by picking and choosing when they want to talk, and to whom they are willing to talk.

Ms. Lerner ...

House refuses to be 'bullied' by Senate bill for extending unemployment benefits

Mon, 2014-04-07 18:31

Senators approved a five-month extension of long-term unemployment benefits Monday and Democrats said they hoped the vote would put pressure on the House, but strategists said House Republicans have shown they won't be "bullied" into following the Senate's lead.

With a two-week Easter recess looming, this week is considered critical ...

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