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September 8, 1989 | From Associated Press
An admitted penny stock scam artist, wearing a hood to conceal his identity, told a House subcommittee Thursday that penny stocks traded over the counter are often controlled by organized crime. Lorenzo Formato, a former broker and promoter of the inexpensive but highly risky securities known as penny stocks, testified that "organized crime has their hand on the shoulder of someone inside any (over-the-counter) brokerage that's making money."
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November 3, 2010 | James Oliphant
The GOP roared past the 39-seat gain needed to retake control of the House in Tuesday's election and appeared headed to a historic rout -- with some projections showing an increase of 60 or more seats, far surpassing the 52-seat swing in 1994's so-called Republican Revolution. The decisive Republican surge raised the possibility of the Democratic Party falling below 200 seats in the 435-seat House for the first time since 1948. As a result, the House promises to become the key battleground for an assault on Obama administration policies, including healthcare, taxes and federal spending.
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July 29, 1999 | FAYE FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
James E. Rogan has wedged his 6-foot-1 frame into a phone booth between the men's room and a kitchenette in a House office building. The air stinks of stale cigar smoke and there's no place to sit. But who cares? His 20 minutes in this cramped closet will be rewarded handsomely. On the other end of the line is radio talk show host G. Gordon Liddy, broadcasting live to a syndicated audience of hard-right Clinton haters.
NATIONAL
November 9, 2009 | Faye Fiore and Richard Simon
In the final hours before the House approved the most sweeping healthcare legislation in 40 years, Speaker Nancy Pelosi demonstrated that she had the one indispensable quality required to produce a Democratic victory: a split personality. Pelosi is a San Francisco liberal who launched a series of fruitless efforts to cut off funding for the Iraq war after becoming speaker nearly three years ago. But long before making her home on the Left Coast, Pelosi was the attentive daughter of an old-school East Coast politician who made whatever deals it took to win. That upbringing proved crucial in the healthcare marathon.
NEWS
December 20, 1998 | RICHARD A. SERRANO and MARC LACEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The House of Representatives impeached President Clinton on Saturday, tarnishing his legacy by making him only the second president in the nation's history ordered to stand trial in the Senate. In approving two articles of impeachment largely along party lines, the Republican-controlled House alleged that Clinton perjured himself before a federal grand jury and obstructed justice as he sought to conceal his extramarital affair with Monica S. Lewinsky, a former White House intern.
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March 13, 1992 | WILLIAM J. EATON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Responding to its most explosive political scandal in years, the House voted unanimously early today to authorize disclosure of the banking records of 355 current and former members of Congress who wrote bad checks at the House bank during a recent 39-month period.
NEWS
February 18, 1995 | Associated Press
Eighty-two Republican members of the House of Representatives are calling for the immediate resignation of the American Bar Assn.'s president for referring to some members of Congress as "reptilian bastards." In a letter to ABA President George Bushnell, a Detroit lawyer, the GOP members called his phrase "a reprehensible and unforgivable insult" to House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and other Republicans.
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July 27, 1990 | ROBERT W. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After three hours of uncommonly rancorous debate, the House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to formally reprimand Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), one of two openly gay congressmen, for ethics violations stemming from his relationship with a male prostitute. The 408-18 vote came after the House easily turned aside attempts by some Republicans to impose the harsher penalties of censure or expulsion on Frank. In an emotional speech on the House floor, Frank apologized to his colleagues.
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October 14, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Republican Rep. Christopher Shays, who is in a tough reelection fight, said in Hartford that the Abu Ghraib prison abuses in Iraq were more about pornography than torture. "It was a National Guard unit run amok," Shays said in an interview with the Associated Press. "It was torture because sex abuse is torture. It was gross and despicable.... This is more about pornography than torture."
NEWS
July 19, 1995 | EDWIN CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The financial accounting used by the House of Representatives is in utter chaos and should be revamped, outside accounting analysts said Tuesday after conducting the chamber's first independent audit. The Price Waterhouse accountants said that the records are so shoddy that they could not give an opinion on their reliability. "They have found the whole system is a mess," said House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.).
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November 7, 2009 | Noam N. Levey and James Oliphant
With a historic floor vote looming on their healthcare bill, House Democratic leaders worked into the night Friday to round up rank-and-file Democrats who still had not committed to support the legislation despite weeks of cajoling and deal-making. Senior Democrats maintained they would have the 218 votes needed for passage when the House votes, perhaps as early as this evening. "You don't go to the floor unless you're there -- and we're there," said Rep. John B. Larson of Connecticut, the No. 4 Democrat in the House.
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October 30, 2009 | Noam N. Levey and Janet Hook
House Democrats on Thursday closed in on the votes they need to pass sweeping healthcare legislation, as party leaders introduced a 1,990-page bill designed to guarantee near-universal coverage for the first time in the nation's history. The legislation, which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) officially unveiled in a ceremony outside the Capitol, represents a milestone for Democrats and advocacy groups. After more than half a century of pushing to create a government healthcare safety net, Democrats are poised to bring a bill to the House floor next week.
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September 8, 2009
Returning from their summer recess, congressional lawmakers are facing a climatic showdown to the yearlong struggle over healthcare. At issue are scores of competing provisions scattered through half a dozen bills. And no final decisions have been made on any of them. In the House, Democratic leaders are synthesizing the proposals of three committees, but floor debate has not begun. In the Senate, a bill close to the expected House blueprint has been approved by the health committee formerly headed by the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.
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July 11, 2009 | Noam N. Levey
Capping weeks of negotiations over how to pay for a healthcare overhaul that could top $1 trillion over the next decade, senior House Democrats have settled on a proposal to cover a significant portion of the cost by raising income taxes on the wealthiest Americans. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) said Friday that the plan -- which Democrats expect to present in detail Monday -- could generate as much as $540 billion over 10 years.
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June 19, 2009 | T. Christian Miller
Lawmakers on Thursday sharply criticized a federal program that relies on private insurance companies to provide medical care and benefits to civilians injured while working in support of the U.S. military effort in Iraq and Afghanistan. Members of a House subcommittee charged that the insurance firms had exploited the taxpayer-supported program to reap enormous profits while shortchanging workers. "We've got to straighten out this mess and we're going to do that," said Rep. Elijah E.
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March 3, 2009 | Richard Simon
In a story that has circulated around Capitol Hill for years, California's famously fractured delegation gathered for a rare bipartisan meeting and decided to send for pizza -- only to get into a fight over what toppings to order. The tale, true or not, illustrates the difficulty of bringing together Democrats and Republicans from the largest state delegation in the House.
NEWS
March 26, 1993 | KAREN TUMULTY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the first time, the House Thursday took up the touchy question of whether parents should be notified before a minor may obtain an abortion and voted to leave the issue in the hands of the states.
NEWS
December 28, 1990 | Ronald Brownstein
19 congressional seats will change hands, with eight states gaining and 13 states losing representatives. Here's where the battles will be most intense over redrawing of district lines: CALIFORNIA: Republicans, still smarting from the congressional redistricting imposed by Democrats 10 years ago, are positioned to do better with Pete Wilson holding the governorship. Democrats still control the Legislature but are unlikely to match their gain of six U.S. House seats after the 1980 census.
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January 12, 2009 | Richard Simon
House Republicans have looked to an unlikely place for a fresh face to help lead them out of the political wilderness, tapping Rep. Kevin McCarthy from solidly Democratic California as their chief deputy whip. Officially, the Bakersfield lawmaker -- who has ascended to a party leadership post after only one term in Congress -- will be responsible for helping Republican Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia plot the GOP response to the Democratic majority's legislative agenda.
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November 15, 2008 | Richard Simon, Simon is a Times staff writer
Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Gold River), a former California attorney general, launched a campaign Friday to replace an Ohio congressman as leader of the House Republicans, seeking the tough job of rebuilding a party that lost more ground to Democrats in last week's election. "Our party is in trouble," Lungren said in a letter to GOP colleagues announcing his challenge to House Minority Leader John A. Boehner.
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