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House committee chairman urges NASA to make 'flyby' Mars mission

House committee chairman urges NASA to make 'flyby' Mars mission

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith asked NASA to consider sending a manned 'flyby' Mars mission as early as 2021.
Ananth Baliga
The Issue: Should marijuana be regulated like alcohol?

The Issue: Should marijuana be regulated like alcohol?

A domino effect driven by more available information is expanding acceptance of and support for reform the U.S. marijuana policy, whether for medical or adult recreational use.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
House sends Senate spending bill without Obamacare funding

House sends Senate spending bill without Obamacare funding

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- With a government shutdown looming, the Republican-controlled U.S. House early Sunday sent the Senate a stopgap spending bill that would defund Obamacare.
Hastert 'majority of the majority' rule wielded in immigration debate

Hastert 'majority of the majority' rule wielded in immigration debate

The unofficial rule of not bringing up a bill for a vote in the U.S. House unless a majority of the majority party supports it -- the so-called Hastert rule -- has pushed to the fore recently as a coterie of Republicans say they want the tradition invoked concerning any immigration reform legislation.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

California conservative congressman defends state pot laws in Congress

WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., said he believes his pro-marijuana bill may be gaining steam in Congress as more states approve its use in some manner.
Obama agenda group targets 'climate denier' lawmakers

Obama agenda group targets 'climate denier' lawmakers

WASHINGTON, April 26 (UPI) -- A group formed to back President Barack Obama's political agenda has begun a campaign to challenge U.S. lawmakers who reject the science behind climate change.
The Issue: Discord between state, federal marijuana laws just crazy

The Issue: Discord between state, federal marijuana laws just crazy

Is the grass turning greener for marijuana laws in the United States?
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Washington should embrace the 1997 U.N. Convention on Transboundary Rivers

WASHINGTON, March 29 (UPI) -- Global water supplies create an increasing problem for growing population and the agriculture need to feed the additional people.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI Outside View Commentator

GOP: Obama lying on Benghazi

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., Thursday accused the White House and President Obama of lying about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

U.S. lawmaker clashes with Iraqi premier

BAGHDAD, June 12 (UPI) -- A California congressman's visit to Iraq has sparked a diplomatic spat and U.S. disavowal of his statements.

Asteroid impacts subject of Congress bill

WASHINGTON, July 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Congress is considering a bill to establish a commission to study the threat of an asteroid collision with Earth and how to prepare for it, lawmakers say.

GOP members want border agents freed

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. House Republicans Wednesday asked the president to commute the sentences of two Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting a drug-smuggling suspect.

Will domestic drilling decrease prices?

THE DALLES, Ore., May 23 (UPI) -- A day after oil prices topped $130 a barrel for the first time in history, U.S. lawmakers debated Thursday whether increased production at home would lower prices at the pump.
ROSALIE WESTENSKOW, UPI Correspondent

Congress wants Iraq to repay U.S. expenses

WASHINGTON, April 24 (UPI) -- Iraqis would be forced to pay for U.S. efforts in their country directly or via loans from the United States if any of at least five similar pieces of legislation introduced on Capitol Hill this month is approved.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Analysis: Iraq a target for U.S. spending

WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) -- The head of the Senate Armed Services Committee wants U.S. auditors to investigate the Iraqi government's spending on reconstruction as both U.S. and Iraqi funds in the rebuilding effort came under fire on Capitol Hill this week.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Lawmakers apologize to tortured suspect

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Some U.S. congressmen offered apologies to a man who was sent to Syria by the U.S. government and subsequently tortured.

Capitol anti-war protest peaceful

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- About 150 anti-war protesters peacefully filed through U.S. congressional buildings delivering certificates of "Induction into The Hall of Shame."

Chen: Taiwan in fight for justice on U.N.

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- President Chen Shui-bian, during a video conference set up by a U.S. think tank, called Taiwan’s U.N. membership bid “a fight between justice and evil.”

Reps. call for Beijing Olympics boycott

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Eight Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives have co-sponsored a resolution calling for a boycott of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

GOP calls mount for Gonzales ouster

WASHINGTON, March 15 (UPI) -- Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., has joined a growing list of Republicans calling for the ouster of U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Lawmakers send messages with speech guests

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- A number of Washington legislators used their tickets to U.S. President George Bush's State of the Union address to send messages to the administration.

Bush takes flak from GOP on immigration

WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush's proposed immigration reform and border security package is drawing criticism from within his own Republican ranks.

Bush might get cool Orange County welcome

IRVINE, Calif., April 23 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush was reportedly headed for a cool reception by a prominent Republican in Southern California, over the issue of immigration.

Lobbyist sentenced in Florida fraud case

MIAMI, March 29 (UPI) -- Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff was sentenced Wednesday to five years and 10 months in prison for fraud in connection with the purchase of casino ships.

Calif. man arrested in TV show con

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A California man was arrested for allegedly bilking investors out of millions for a non-existent TV show he said was backed by President Bush.
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