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Lynch's hearings briefly pass on police-involved shootings

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch was briefly asked about police-involved shootings during her confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday. Lynch, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, told Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., a former federal prosecutor himself, that she agreed with a recent initiative requiring the Justice Department to track police-involved shootings.

A flood of amendments is unleashed in the United States Senate

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * The Senate Wednesday debated 18 amendments to the Keystone XL Pipeline Bill, more than it considered on all bills in all of 2014. It's a new day in the Senate - if not a new blame game - under Republican control of "the world's most deliberative body."

Blunt leading Republicans on immigration fight

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * The Senate is girding for a fight on immigration, with Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt leading Republican efforts to cut funding for President Barack Obama's 2014 executive order easing pathway to citizenship for millions of Americans.

U.S. House again passes Wagner sex advertising prohibition

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Working its way through a dozen bills aimed at curbing sex trafficking, the House of Representatives Tuesday again passed a bill by Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, that would prohibit knowingly advertising sex with minors or with people coerced into prostitution.

Raasch: Dusting, delay and business as usual

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Your federal government got a late start Tuesday due to a dusting of snow and icy patches on roads, thereby prompting a fresh rendition of the snow politics and online debate unique to winter in the capital city. Washington was on the southern flank of the massive storm Juno that slammed parts of the Northeast, but D.C.

Letter from Washington - Dusting, Delay, and Business as Usual

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Your federal government got a late start Tuesday due to a dusting of snow and icy patches on roads, thereby prompting a fresh rendition of the snow politics and online debate unique to winter in your Capital City. Washington was on the southern flank of the massive storm Juno that slammed parts of the Northeast, but D.C.

Durbin lauds "Mr. Cub" in Senate commemoration

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * A few years ago, "Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks visited the office of Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and the Democrats' Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., showed up. Reid told Banks, a Hall of Famer with 512 career homers and an infectiously positive game face, that he, too, had played some baseball when he was younger.

How St. Louis-area congressional delegation voted for Jan. 19-23

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * How St. Louis-area members of Congress voted in the week of Jan. 19-23. The votes and descriptions are compiled by "Voterama in Congress" a legislative tracking organization. HOUSE Expedited Pipeline Approvals * The House on Jan. 21 voted, 253-169, to set deadlines for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to act on applications for building natural gas pipelines.

McCaskill, Blunt, and Clay get oversight slots

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * The reception area of Sen. Claire McCaskill's office is festooned with five large pictures of Harry S. Truman. They show the former Missouri senator and President in various Washington, D.C., locations, as well as they iconic shot of Truman holding up the "Dewey Defeats Truman" newspaper headline from Election Night, 1948.

In possible '18 Missouri preview, House pulls abortion restriction bill

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * On the biggest day of the year for anti-abortion activists, Republican leaders in the House of Representatives canceled a planned vote on a proposal to end abortions after 20 weeks amid disagreements over what situation, if any, should be exempted from the ban.
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Jan 28, 2015

@asmitch @pewresearch Isn't real question where "not okay" should lead? Many things done under 1st Amendment some might think "not okay"

Jan 28, 2015

RT @stlpolitics: Schweich makes it official, will fight Hanaway for 2016 GOP governor nomination bit.ly/1Hf7zuP

Jan 28, 2015

RT @Jonssonville: St. Louis County man charged with dragging police officer during traffic stop : bit.ly/1CA1Dbk via @joelcurrier

Jan 28, 2015

RT @brianefallon: AG nominee Loretta Lynch: There is no right to work for undocumented immigrants who arent eligible to seek a job

Jan 28, 2015

RT @ChristopherAve: IT'S ON: Schweich makes it official, will fight Hanaway for 2016 GOP governor nomination: bit.ly/18vOo0c #mogov #mogop

Jan 28, 2015

#Lynch asked about police reform during confirmation hearings; says good cops often biggest victims of bad cops & biggest aid to presecutors

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