Ailsa Chang

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Syria Resolution Could Be A Hard Sell On Capitol Hill

Monday, September 02, 2013

A day after President Obama announced he'll wait for congressional authorization before launching strikes on Syria; members of Congress attended a classified briefing at the Capitol. Even though there's still one week left of summer recess, dozens of lawmakers flew to Washington, D.C. from their home districts just for the meeting.


Many U.S. Lawmakers Want A Say On Taking Action In Syria

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Obama administration appears poised to attack Syria after concluding Bashar Assad's government used chemical weapons, but many members of Congress say they haven't been briefed enough about why military action is warranted. And their opinions about what to do in Syria are all over the map.


In Rural N.C., New Voter ID Law Awakens Some Old Fears

Friday, August 16, 2013

Just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, North Carolina has a new law to require photo ID at the polls and to shorten early voting. Proponents say the law will stave off voter fraud. Opponents say it will effectively quash the vote of many poor minorities.


Congress Sends Student Loan Bill To Obama

Thursday, August 01, 2013

With an easy House vote, Congress gave final passage to a student loan bill that rescinds the doubling of interest rates that took place July 1. The ultimate product resembles both a House bill that passed months ago and President Obama's proposal this spring and pegs interest rates to a government borrowing rate.


Obama Makes Rare Trip To The Hill For Closed-Door Meetings

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

President Obama made a rare journey to Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning for closed-door meetings with House and Senate Democrats.


Senate Passes Student Loan Legislation To Lower Interest Rates

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

After much drama, the Senate finally voted on a student loan bill that would tie the borrower's rate to the 10-year Treasury note on Wednesday. The proposal is a bipartisan compromise and similar both to a House plan and one offered by President Obama.


Lawmakers Consider Retooling Voting Rights Act

Friday, July 19, 2013

Congress this week has convened its first hearings about the Voting Rights Act since the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of that law last month. The meetings offer some insights into what, if anything, lawmakers will do to restore the stricken section that enables the Justice Department to review in advance changes to state voting laws.


Senate Revisits Voting Rights Act Following Court Ruling

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee holds the first congressional hearing on how best to resuscitate the Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the statute in June.


Paul, Cruz Back Bill Changing Military Sexual Assault System

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is winning more support for her effort to put serious military criminal cases in the hands of prosecutors. Commanders currently decide whether to try a case. On Tuesday, two Republican senators, and possible 2016 presidential hopefuls, added their names: Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.


Critics: Immigration Reform Takes Jobs Away From Black Workers

Monday, July 15, 2013

Opponents of the Senate immigration bill and its path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants rallied on Capitol Hill on Monday.


Congress Still Squabbling Over Student Loan Rate Increase

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Congressional inaction let the interest rate for some student loans double at the start of the month, even though lawmakers' preferred solutions don't seem that far apart. The Senate is planning to vote Wednesday on a proposal that would bring rates back down for one year.


Senate Stuck On Student Loan Bill As Rate Is Set To Double

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Student loan rates are set to double on Monday, with Congress not likely to take action before then. The debate now is on how to lower costs for students without needing annual stopgap bills. Such a measure would not pass until mid-July at the earliest and would have to be applied retroactively to undo the coming rate hike.


DOMA Decision Rankles Some Republican Lawmakers

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Defense of Marriage Act passed nearly two decades ago with overwhelming majorities in both members of Congress โ€” a feat it could never accomplish today. With Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling, even defenders of the law seem to understand there is little they can realistically do to restore it.


Why The AR-15 Is More Than Just A Gun

Monday, June 24, 2013

For some, it's a symbol of America's might. For others, it's a frightening weapon of warfare. For many target-shooting hobbyists, it's "the Mr. Potato Head of firearms" โ€” customizable to fit each individual. And it's all part of what is now a nearly billion-dollar business in military-style weapons.

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Secret Surveillance Credited With Preventing Terror Acts

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The National Security Agency director made the rounds again on Capitol Hill to defend two surveillance programs leaked to the press. Gen. Keith Alexander appeared before the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday, along with other members of the intelligence community and FBI. The government says its Internet monitoring program and the collection of phone logs have stopped more than 50 terrorist attacks.


NSA Chief: Surveillance Programs Disrupted Terror Plots

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

National Security Agency director Keith Alexander returned to the Hill on Tuesday, this time to testify before a House intelligence committee about the NSA spying revelations. Alexander said the programs in question foiled 50 terrorist plots, including one against the New York Stock Exchange.


NSA Director Briefs Senators on Surveillance Programs

Thursday, June 13, 2013

National Security Agency director Keith Alexander gave senators a closed-door briefing about the controversial data-gathering programs revealed recently. This follows his testimony Wednesday in which he said the programs had disrupted dozens of terrorist plots.


NSA Head Tells Senate His Agency Didn't Do Anything Wrong

Thursday, June 13, 2013

NSA Director Keith Alexander told a Senate panel that his agency's program did indeed protect American's privacy while gathering data on terrorist activity. Alexander told lawmakers he wants to declassify more details to reassure everyone the programs are legal and effective.


What Did Congress Really Know About NSA Tracking?

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The White House maintains it had sufficiently briefed Congress on the Internet and phone data monitoring programs leaked last week, but many lawmakers vehemently disagree.


Tea Party Firebrand Bachmann Won't Seek Fifth Term

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tea Party favorite and former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann announced that she would not run for re-election to her Minnesota House seat. Bachmann was facing a tough fight, having barely beaten an unknown Democrat in a district that Republican nominee Mitt Romney carried by 15 points.