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House approves cutting workplace protections for VA workers

The House voted Wednesday to cut workplace protections for Department of Veterans Affairs employees and extend their probationary period, making it easier to ...

8:59 PM ET FEDERAL EYE (WASHINGTON POST)

Outlook for the Ex-Im Bank Dims as Congress Departs

Republicans who would cheer the end of the bank see the failure to reauthorize it before the August recess as a near guarantee of success.

8:39 PM ET NEW YORK TIMES POLITICS

Schumer to FBI: How did shooter get a gun?

Sen. Chuck Schumer on Wednesday asked the FBI to investigate how the Lafayette, Louisiana, theater shooter was able to purchase a gun despite having ...

8:26 PM ET CNN POLITICS

First Draft: Sanders Lobbies for A.F.L.-C.I.O. Endorsement

Citing his long legislative record and improving performance in opinion polls, Senator Bernie Sanders told leaders of the union that he was best equipped to ...

8:11 PM ET NEW YORK TIMES POLITICS

Jindal: Bush 'got it wrong' on immigration

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday he disagreed with competing GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush's plan for comprehensive immigration reform, arguing ...

7:54 PM ET CNN POLITICS

Perry's tough guy challenge for Trump

6:54 PM ET CNN POLITICS

Huckabee: I wasn't comparing Obama to Hitler

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is standing by his dire warning that President Barack Obama's Iran nuclear deal could bring about another Holocaust.

6:19 PM ET CNN POLITICS

First Draft: James Gilmore, Ex-Virginia Governor, Files Papers to Run for President

James S. Gilmore III, the former governor of Virginia, filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday to enter the crowded field of ...

6:01 PM ET NEW YORK TIMES POLITICS

House passes 3-month highway funding bill

Senate leaders have agreed to the temporary fix to prevent funds from running out Friday.         

5:43 PM ET USA TODAY - WASHINGTON