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October 3, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
What is it with Republicans and women? During an interview about Obamacare and the government's partial shutdown, a GOP congressman told a cable news anchorwoman that she was beautiful, but wrong. It wasn't exactly the kind of comment that a lawmaker would say to a male news anchor. Rep. Todd Rokita, of Indiana, had a confrontation with CNN's Carol Costello during the Thursday interview and told her: “Carol, you're beautiful but you need to be honest as well.” The video confrontation has made the rounds of some websites.
September 18, 2013 | Patt Morrison
To strike Syria or not - for Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Santa Clarita), that wasn't exactly the question. In the Wall Street Journal, he said he couldn't even consider U.S. military intervention unless the military budget was liberated from the sequester. McKeon has represented his rock-ribbed GOP district, in north L.A. County and Ventura County, since 1993. His campaigns have benefited from the district's aerospace and defense industries. He chairs the Armed Services Committee. And the nascent diplomatic deal to "sequester" Bashar Assad's chemical weapons?
August 14, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
BAKERSFIELD - More than a thousand immigration activists marched on Bakersfield on Wednesday in one of a series of protests around the nation this summer in favor of an immigration overhaul. The march, which triggered a counter-protest by groups that oppose more lenient immigration laws, targeted U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield). Organizers are seeking to persuade McCarthy, the third-most powerful Republican in the House of Representatives, to support legislation that would allow the 11 million immigrants here illegally to apply for citizenship.
July 25, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
A Republican congressman who represents the northern Mojave Desert has asked the federal government to launch a full-fledged environmental review of Cadiz Inc.'s proposed groundwater pumping project. The request by U.S. Rep. Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) joins a similar one made last year by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), making a rare show of bipartisan unity on a publics lands issue. In a June letter to U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell that was released Thursday by the National Parks Conservation Assn., Cook echoed  opponent concerns about Cadiz's plans to pump groundwater from beneath its holdings in the eastern Mojave and sell the water to urban Southern California.
July 12, 2013 | By Jason Song
A U.S. congressman from California isn't applauding Janet Napolitano's nomination to be the next president of the University of California system. Napolitano plans to step down as secretary of Homeland Security in September. She is also the former governor of Arizona. Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) said it was "disappointing to see an individual with such a poor record on civil liberties and government selected to run the University of California," he said in a statement.
July 3, 2013 | Bloomberg News
William H. Gray III, a Baptist minister and Democrat from Philadelphia who during six terms in Congress became the first black party whip - the No. 3 leadership post - and first black chairman of the House Budget Committee, has died. He was 71. He died unexpectedly Monday while in London with one of his sons to attend the Wimbledon tennis tournament, according to family spokesman William Epstein. A third-generation pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church in Philadelphia since 1972, he was elected in 1978 to represent Pennsylvania's 2nd Congressional District, which covers areas in and around Philadelphia.
June 27, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- Orange County Congressman John Campbell (R-Irvine) announced Thursday that he will retire when his term expires, continuing the large turnover in the state's House delegation. "At the end of this term, I will have spent 14 years serving in full-time elected politics," the conservative Republican said in a written statement. "I am not nor did I ever intend to be a career politician. I am ready to begin a new chapter in my life. " His term ends Jan. 3, 2015. Campbell, 57, was first elected to the House in 2005 to succeed Christopher Cox, who resigned to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission.
May 11, 2013 | Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
The 149 air traffic control towers that were scheduled to close this summer because of federal sequestration will remain open until at least September, government officials said Friday. The Federal Aviation Administration said legislation approved by Congress last month allows the agency to transfer funds from other accounts to keep the towers open until the end of the fiscal year. The towers, run by contract workers, operate at small airports such as Brown Field Municipal Airport in San Diego, Riverside Municipal Airport, Whiteman Airport in Pacoima, Oxnard Airport, Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville and Fullerton Municipal Airport.
April 30, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
SOMERVILLE, Mass. - Stephen Lynch was in a hurry on Friday morning, first to a pair of diners along Broadway, then down the street to a firehouse. By day's end, he'd hit 18 stops in six cities and towns in the Boston area, as he worked to do “14 days worth of work in four days,” as a volunteer put it. Lynch, a Boston-area congressman, is by all accounts the underdog in Tuesday's Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by John F. Kerry. Fellow congressman Ed Markey has most of the establishment Democratic support, including a late endorsement from Caroline Kennedy.
April 24, 2013 | By Mark Kellam
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), lead sponsor of the Armenian genocide resolution in Congress , delivered his remarks in Armenian on the House floor Wednesday as he honored the estimated 1.5 million Armenians who were massacred in 1915 at the hands of Ottoman Turks. His remarks come the same day that President Obama once again did not use the word “genocide” in his annual statement about the tragic event. According to his office, in his Armenian address, Schiff said: “I speak to you from the floor of the House of Representatives in the language of your grandparents and your great-grandparents - the language they used to speak of their hopes, their dreams, their lives and their loves in the years before 1915....
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