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November 1, 2007 | Richard Simon, Times Staff Writer
Ignoring a veto threat and stoking a fight over trade, the House on Wednesday approved an $8.6-billion expansion of a federal program that assists workers who lose their jobs because of foreign competition. The vote comes as the White House works to steer four trade deals through a less-friendly Democratic-controlled Congress amid U.S. job losses and other effects of globalization.
October 25, 2007 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Janet Hook, Times Staff Writers
Democratic ideas for fixing the healthcare system to cover the uninsured enjoy more support among Americans than proposals coming from Republicans, a new Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll shows. The poll also found that a restive public was pessimistic about the direction of the country and that voters were dissatisfied with President Bush and the Democratic-controlled Congress. Congress was shown to be more unpopular than Bush: Its approval rating was 22%, the president's 35%.
October 23, 2007 | Jane Engle, Times Staff Writer
Owners of the historic Delta Queen, the country's best-known paddle-wheeler, say they may be forced to pull the boat out of regular overnight service on the Mississippi River unless Congress extends its exemption from safety laws. Opponents say the 1926 steamboat, with a steel hull and wooden superstructure, is a fire hazard. The waiver exempts the Delta Queen from a federal law that requires fire-retardant materials on vessels carrying 50 or more passengers on overnight trips.
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.
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