Ailsa Chang

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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.


Sen. Reid Threatens Nuclear Option To Confirm Nominees

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Senate Republicans have continued blocking a number of President Obama's appointees to run his executive agencies. Majority Leader Harry Reid again has threatened a rules change to permit appointment confirmations with a simple majority vote.


Senators Lead Push To Change Military's Sexual Assault Policy

Thursday, May 16, 2013

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is sponsoring legislation cracking down on sexual assault in the military.

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Focus On Women, Families Propels New York's Sen. Gillibrand

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand is introducing legislation with other lawmakers Thursday that would change the way the military prosecutes sexual assault cases. It's the latest high-publicity move for a senator who was almost unknown four years ago when she was appointed to fill Hillary Clinton's seat.


Congress Considers Patch To Keep Helium Supply Afloat

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

The Senate is considering legislation to prevent a global helium shortage from worsening in October. That's when the Federal Helium Program is set to terminate.


McConnell Tries To Show He's Still At Home In Kentucky

Monday, May 06, 2013

The Senate minority leader is up for re-election next year, and polling in his state shows his popularity is suffering. Some voters complain that Mitch McConnell is out of touch with the people of the Bluegrass State, and others say it's time for some new blood. Still, he will be hard to beat.


Bloomberg Aims His Money At Gun Control Opponents

Saturday, April 27, 2013

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg seems determined to become the formidable adversary the NRA has never had. The billionaire mayor is spending from his personal fortune to help defeat lawmakers who voted against gun control proposals last week. His first target: Democrat Mark Pryor of Arkansas.


People On Terrorism Watch List Not Blocked From Buying Guns

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Under current laws, if a background check shows your name is on the national terror watch list, you can still purchase a gun. Government data show that people on terrorism watch lists were able to buy guns or explosives after a background check more than 1,300 times between 2004 and 2010.


Gun-Rights Groups Claim Victory On Rapid Series Of Votes

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Senate Republicans and a small group of Democrats have teamed up to reject every major gun control proposal President Obama pushed since last December's shootings in Newtown, Ct. The proposals include expanded background checks, a ban on assault weapons and a limit on ammunition magazines.


Senate Rejects Compromise On Expanded Background Checks

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Senate has rejected a compromise background checks language pushed by Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Pat Toomey. It could mean the end of gun control legislation in Congress, at least for a while. Ailsa Chang joins Robert Siegel from the Capitol with the latest.