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October 19, 2007 | Teresa Watanabe, Times Staff Writer
Government actions in a deportation case involving a Vietnamese refugee family in Santa Ana drew fire Thursday as political and community leaders accused immigration agents of intimidation. Agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency last week arrested the parents and brother of Tam Tran, a 24-year-old UCLA graduate who testified before Congress about the plight of undocumented immigrant students in May.
October 17, 2007 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer
Faced with the likelihood that they will fall short in their effort to overturn President Bush's veto of a popular health insurance program for children, congressional Democrats are confronting a difficult choice about what to do next. Should they come up with a cheaper, scaled-back version that Bush might accept? Or should they continue to press for the full $60-billion plan Congress has passed, hoping to pressure more Republicans into breaking from the White House?
October 13, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
washington -- Key lawmakers criticized CIA Director Michael V. Hayden's decision to launch an investigation of the spy agency's inspector general, saying Friday that the move threatens the independence of the official who serves by statute as the agency's watchdog.
October 10, 2007 | Jonathan Peterson, Times Staff Writer
washington -- A populist push to hike taxes on private equity firm partners is apparently petering out in the Senate, following a fierce lobbying effort by those who faced whopping tax increases under the legislation. Influential House members remain interested in the measure. But Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) has quietly signaled to the investment firms that he does not plan to schedule the tax hike for consideration before members adjourn for the year, possibly next month.
October 9, 2007 | Richard Simon, Times Staff Writer
Congressional Democrats have found an unexpected ally in their budget showdown with President Bush: Republicans. The president is pushing to cut and even eliminate some popular domestic programs that pump billions of dollars into the states. Many congressional Republicans, wary of the potential fallout from the loss of funds, have joined Democrats to oppose the cuts. California alone has hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.
October 3, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Congress voted to award its highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, to Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, the heart surgeon who pioneered coronary bypass surgery and other innovations that have changed modern medicine. DeBakey, 99, performed his first successful coronary bypass operation in 1964.
September 13, 2007 | From the Associated Press
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and union chief Gene Upshaw plan to testify Tuesday at a Senate hearing on the NFL's retirement system and the problems for former players who are disabled from injuries. Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) will lead the hearings before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Other witnesses will include former Chicago coach and tight end Mike Ditka and Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers.
September 11, 2007
Excerpts from Gen. David H. Petraeus' testimony to Congress: Although I have briefed my assessment and recommendations to my chain of command, I wrote this testimony myself. It has not been cleared by, nor shared with, anyone in the Pentagon, the White House or Congress. . . .
September 11, 2007 | Noam N. Levey and Richard Simon, Times Staff Writers
With his proposal to end the troop "surge" by next summer, the top U.S. commander in Iraq may have upended the debate in the Capitol, causing both parties to recalibrate their positions. Democrats, who have been struggling all year to force President Bush to begin pulling troops out of Iraq, now face the prospect that he will agree with Army Gen. David H. Petraeus and do just that.
September 7, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. military should reduce its "footprint' in Iraq to counter the impression that it is an occupying force, a prominent retired Marine general said Thursday in congressional testimony that challenged the case for continuing the troop increase backed by the White House. Just days before the U.S. military commander in Iraq is expected to provide a much more upbeat assessment to Congress, Gen. James L. Jones said the high-profile presence of U.S.
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