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We're not sure why, but Congress takes up matter of driving while high

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid rancorous debate over other weighty issues Thursday on Capitol Hill, lawmakers wondered aloud whether driving cars after smoking marijuana is dangerous. Among the unanswered questions: Would drivers who are "high" travel too fast or too slow for safety?

Boehner pulls House border bill amid conservative revolt

U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) speaks during a press briefing July 31, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images WASHINGTON — Once more, the tea party forced House Speaker John Boehner...Show More Summary

Mike Lee: Congress Should Not Pass Any Border Bill that Doesn't Solve Root of Problem: Obama's Executive Amnesty

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) began speaking on the U.S. Senate floor about the border crisis in the wake of chaos on the House side of Capitol Hill, urging lawmakers to not support any legislation that doesn’t get at the root of the problem:...Show More Summary

SEATTLE: Judge Doubles Requested Sentence, Arsonist Of Gay Nightclub Gets Ten Years In Federal Prison

2 months agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: The Seattle man who set fire to a popular Capitol Hill club during a New Year’s celebration was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison - twice as long as the term requested by prosecutors. Facing...Show More Summary

Seersucker Day returns to Capitol Hill, but lawmakers can't deduct their special summer duds

Senators are taking a shot at fashion bipartisanship today. After a two-year absence, Seersucker Thursday returned to the upper chamber. The official Senate Seersucker Thursday photo in 2006, courtesy U.S. Senate. This afternoon, Senators...Show More Summary

Americans Melt Phone Lines Against Boehner's Immigration Bills in Hours Before Vote

The American people have overloaded the Congressional phone lines yet again on Thursday, pressuring their members of Congress to vote against the House and Senate immigration bills. The Capitol Hill switchboard line was busy when Breitbart...Show More Summary

Authors group pushes for NSA reform, while there’s still time

With yet another attempt to reform the National Security Agency up for debate on Capitol Hill this month, 29 writers, including Dave Eggers and Edward Albee, wrote an open letter to Congress last week, outlining their concerns with some of the NSA's surveillance programs and calling on lawmakers to act quickly to pass "meaningful reform." The letter, written in cooperation […]

Authors group pushes for NSA reform, while there’s still time

With yet another attempt to reform the National Security Agency up for debate on Capitol Hill this month, 29 writers, including Dave Eggers and Edward Albee, wrote an open letter to Congress last week, outlining their concerns with some of the NSA's surveillance programs and calling on lawmakers to act quickly to pass "meaningful reform." The letter, written in cooperation […]

Authors group pushes for NSA reform, while there’s still time

2 months agoTechnology : Post Tech

With yet another attempt to reform the National Security Agency up for debate on Capitol Hill this month, 29 writers, including Dave Eggers and Edward Albee, wrote an open letter to Congress last week, outlining their concerns with some of the NSA's surveillance programs and calling on lawmakers to act quickly to pass "meaningful reform." The letter, written in cooperation […]

Another Way Capitol Hill Is Changing: It's Less Gay

2 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Kelly O OVER THE PAST TWELVE YEARS there's been a significant drop in gays living in Seattle's "gay neighborhood." The FYI Guy at the Seattle Times quantifies what a lot of people have been sensing: Census data show the number of same-sex couple households increased in nearly every neighborhood in Seattle between 2000 and 2012. Show More Summary

The Top 10 Things Overheard at The Hill’s ’50 Most Beautiful’ Celebration

2 months agoIndustries / Media : FishbowlDC

Last night at Poste, The Hill celebrated its annual “50 Most Beautiful“ list, a nod to this town’s most beautiful – or not – members of Congress, Congressional staffers, campaign aides, lobbyists, and other Capitol Hill/executive branch...Show More Summary

The Conservative Case Against Boehner's Border Bill

Capitol Hill conservatives are not happy with Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) $659 million response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis at the...

Dodging 2016 questions, Paul Ryan meets the press

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, chairman of the House Budget Committee, is known to glide through the hallways of Capitol Hill with headphones in his ears. It's a tactic he employs to avoid pesky reporters. But the Republican faced down a flurry of questions on Wednesday at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast […]

Bitcoin is barely regulated — and these congressmen want to keep it that way

2 months agoTechnology : Post Tech

Many technophiles and libertarians already love Bitcoin. If three bitcoin-friendly congressmen have their way, federal lawmakers could too. Bitcoin industry representatives descended on Capitol Hill Tuesday to trumpet the cryptocurrency to any staffers who would listen. Show More Summary

Bitcoin is barely regulated — and these congressmen want to keep it that way

Many technophiles and libertarians already love Bitcoin. If three bitcoin-friendly congressmen have their way, federal lawmakers could too. Bitcoin industry representatives descended on Capitol Hill Tuesday to trumpet the cryptocurrency to any staffers who would listen. Show More Summary

Bitcoin is barely regulated — and these congressmen want to keep it that way

Many technophiles and libertarians already love Bitcoin. If three bitcoin-friendly congressmen have their way, federal lawmakers could too. Bitcoin industry representatives descended on Capitol Hill Tuesday to trumpet the cryptocurrency to any staffers who would listen. Show More Summary

Group educates lawmakers on need for organic HLB research

The organic industry took to Capitol Hill to educate staff members from more than a dozen congressional offices about the need to find organic methods to fight citrus greening.

Republicans Demand Consumer Regulator’s Documents in Wake of Supreme Court Case

Republicans on Capitol Hill are demanding that the CFPB produce a comprehensive list of actions that could be vulnerable to a legal challenge in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling on President Barack Obama's recess appointments last month.

Morning Bits

A lame fundraising stunt. The speaker of the House: “This whole talk about impeachment is coming from the president’s own staff, and coming from Democrats on Capitol Hill. Why? Because they’re trying to rally their people to give money and to show up in this year’s election. We have no plans to impeach the president. […]

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