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Illinois lawmakers want answers after BP spill

Illinois lawmakers want answers after BP spill

March 28 (UPI) -- The possibility that Canada's heavier grade of oil may have spilled from BP's Whiting refinery into Lake Michigan is cause for concern, Illinois senators said.
Daniel J. Graeber
Senate invokes cloture on Ukraine aid bill

Senate invokes cloture on Ukraine aid bill

WASHINGTON, March 24 (UPI) -- The Senate voted to invoke cloture on a bill to provide aid to Ukraine and impose sanctions on Russia Monday, 78-17.
Gabrielle Levy
Lawmakers call for military aid to Ukraine

Lawmakers call for military aid to Ukraine

March 24 (UPI) -- Congress is scrambling to piece together an aid package for Ukraine that strikes a balance between protecting interests and avoiding too deep involvement.
Gabrielle Levy
The Issue: Could deal be close on renewing extended unemployment?

The Issue: Could deal be close on renewing extended unemployment?

Could it be? An actual deal in the works to reinstitute the extended unemployment benefits that expired just after Christmas?
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International
Congressional leaders push for limits on solitary confinement

Congressional leaders push for limits on solitary confinement

WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- Opponents of solitary confinement say the practice hurts of mental health. Others state it is necessary in order to keep prison staff and other inmates safe.
Stephanie Haines and Jane Herman, Medill News Service
Kerry: Ukraine's territorial integrity 'must be restored, respected'

Kerry: Ukraine's territorial integrity 'must be restored, respected'

PARIS, March 5 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday urged de-escalation of the crisis in Ukraine as diplomatic talks in Paris failed to resolve the situation.
Obama to unveil his budget blueprint for fiscal year 2015

Obama to unveil his budget blueprint for fiscal year 2015

WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama is expected to fill in the blanks about how he wants money spent in the 2015 budget since top-line numbers are in place, one lawmaker said.
Ukraine 'preparing to defend ourselves,' says U.N. Ambassador Sergeyev

Ukraine 'preparing to defend ourselves,' says U.N. Ambassador Sergeyev

KIEV, Ukraine, March 2 (UPI) -- Ukrainian Ambassador to the United Nations Yuriy Sergeyev Sunday said Ukraine is "preparing to defend" itself from Russian aggression.
GOP lawmaker says Obama ignoring Congress

GOP lawmaker says Obama ignoring Congress

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- President Obama still needs to scuttle his healthcare reform plan and come up with a new one acceptable to Republicans, a GOP lawmaker said Sunday.

U.S. to accept more Syrian refugees, immigration law exemptions

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Human Rights advocates Wednesday praised the Obama administration's decision to allow more Syrian refugees to resettle in the United States.
British PM David Cameron extends hand to Syrian refugees

British PM David Cameron extends hand to Syrian refugees

LONDON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday his government would open its doors to the most vulnerable Syrian refugees.

Obama to use executive power 12 times to push agenda

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- President Obama said in his State of the Union address he would use executive power to tackle the U.S. wealth disparity and try to speed the economic recovery.

Industry responds, ready to work with Obama on jobs, economy

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- The non-partisan Campaign to Fix the Debt said Tuesday it was disappointed President Obama didn't prioritize debt reduction in his State of the Union speech.

Report indicates textbook costs on rise

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- An education group said more than half of U.S. college students have skipped buying textbooks due to the cost and said the decision hurt academically.
Monica Lewinsky scandal focus of Rand Paul attack

Monica Lewinsky scandal focus of Rand Paul attack

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Rand Paul tried to give the Democrats a taste of their own medicine by dredging up the Monica Lewinsky scandal on Meet the Press Sunday.
Gabrielle Levy
Rand Paul: Problem is 'we try to agree to too much'

Rand Paul: Problem is 'we try to agree to too much'

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said Sunday one cause of congressional gridlock is that "we try to agree to too much."
Senate Dems are not happy about Julia Louis-Dreyfus' e-cig bit from the Golden Globes

Senate Dems are not happy about Julia Louis-Dreyfus' e-cig bit from the Golden Globes

Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Four U.S. senators has asked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and NBC Universal to refrain from featuring e-cigarettes.
Kate Stanton
The Issue: Is the U.S. turning its back on Syrian refugees?

The Issue: Is the U.S. turning its back on Syrian refugees?

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Is the United States falling tragically short in its response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria, where three years of civil war have claimed about 50,000 civilian lives and produced nearly 2.3 million refugees, half of them children?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Writer
Decision of NSA data collection programs may be near

Decision of NSA data collection programs may be near

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama Thursday met with 16 members of Congress to discuss oversight of National Security Administration surveillance programs.

Army Corps of Engineers reports on keeping carp out of Great Lakes

CHICAGO, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report suggests undoing the connection between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River through Chicago to block Asian carp.
Lawmakers: Gridlock strong, despite budget deal

Lawmakers: Gridlock strong, despite budget deal

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- A bipartisan budget compromise awaiting a U.S. Senate vote after winning House passage is a key step but not an end to gridlock, the accord's deal-makers said.

Durbin: Budget deal needs support from 8 more Senate Republicans

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin said Sunday that the U.S. Senate needs eight more Republicans to vote for the House of Representatives' bipartisan budget deal.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to fast for a day for immigration reform

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to fast for a day for immigration reform

CHICAGO, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he would fast for 24 hours as a show of support for federal immigration reform.

N. Michigan oil pipeline troubles regional leaders

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. senators from the Great Lakes region expressed concern to federal pipeline regulators about the safety of an oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.

GOP says technology and higher minimum wage don't mix

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- A Republican lawmaker said Sunday that new technology in the fast-food industry could lead to massive job cuts if Congress raises the U.S. minimum wage.
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