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Senate passes bill containing unemployment insurance renewal

Senate passes bill containing unemployment insurance renewal

WASHINGTON, April 7 (UPI) -- After months of negotiating, the Senate passed the bill containing a provision to renew unemployment insurance benefits to the long-term unemployed.
Gabrielle Levy
Senators, small business owners push for minimum wage increase

Senators, small business owners push for minimum wage increase

WASHINGTON, March 27 (UPI) -- Small business leaders joined Senate Democrats on the Hill Thursday to lend their support to a push to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10.
Gabrielle Levy
Senate Democrats to pull all-nighter on climate change

Senate Democrats to pull all-nighter on climate change

WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- A group of more than two dozen Senate Democrats plan to take, after final votes Monday night, an all-night "talkathon" on climate change.
Gabrielle Levy
Consumers’ online information needs better protection, Senate committee says

Consumers’ online information needs better protection, Senate committee says

After big breaches of consumer information at major companies, senators are asking for better safeguards against cyber attacks.
Jessica Floum -- Medill News Service

FTC asked to look into outlet store marketing

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Four Democratic members of Congress have asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to look into potentially fraudulent marketing practices at outlet stores.
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
Lawsuits filed over Target data breach

Lawsuits filed over Target data breach

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Two lawsuits have been filed in Minnesota against retailer Target for failing to keep customer data safe from hackers, court paper say.

Report: Obama held up new rules in 2012 election run-up

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The White House held off on enacting a series of rules last year in order to avoid political flak around the elections, Obama administration officials said.
Congressional Democrats offer bill to protect abortion rights

Congressional Democrats offer bill to protect abortion rights

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday mounted an effort to thwart states' attempts to clamp down on abortion rights.

Documents: NSA spied on Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- The National Security Agency monitored overseas communication of U.S. critics of the Vietnam War including Martin Luther King, newly released documents show.
Study:Surveillance judges mostly conservatives, former federal workers

Study:Surveillance judges mostly conservatives, former federal workers

WASHINGTON, July 26 (UPI) -- Judges appointed to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court are largely conservatives with experience in the executive branch, an analysis has found.

Iran hostages say they see new focus on compensation issue

WASHINGTON, May 9 (UPI) -- The men and women who were held hostage in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran three decades ago are seeing renewed focus on their bid to be compensated, lawmakers say.
U.S. Senate votes to kill gun control legislation

U.S. Senate votes to kill gun control legislation

WASHINGTON, April 17 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama said Wednesday the Senate vote to kill a bill expanding gun sale background checks was "shameful," but it was "just round 1" of the fight.

Sens.: NRA 'new low' in Newtown robocalls

NEWTOWN, Conn., March 26 (UPI) -- The National Rifle Association "has stooped to a new low" in making pro-gun robocalls to still-grieving Newtown residents, Connecticut's two U.S. senators said.

Facebook to block Newtown bullying

NEWTOWN, Conn., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Facebook will block sensitive content linked to the Newtown, Conn., school massacre, the company and the state's congressional delegation said.

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Biden speaks at gun-control conference

DANBURY, Conn., Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Vice President Joe Biden, speaking Thursday at a Danbury, Conn., gun-control conference, called on political colleagues to show courage in enacting new laws.

Biden: 'Buy a shotgun' if you want safety

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Americans don't need high-capacity weapons to protect themselves, but if they want a weapon for protection, "Buy a shotgun," Vice President Joe Biden said.
Feinstein introduces gun ban bill

Feinstein introduces gun ban bill

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced a bill Thursday to ban more than 150 types of semi-automatic weapons with military-style features.

Blumenthal: Background check for bullets

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said Sunday he'd like to see background checks run on not just firearm purchases, but also ammunition purchases.

Gabrielle Giffords visits Newtown

NEWTOWN, Conn., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords visited Newtown, Conn., to talk to families who lost children in last month's school shooting.

FDA to consider energy drink labels

WASHINGTON, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it will consider whether new labeling requirements and health warnings on caffeinated energy drinks are warranted.

U.S. keeps SPR release on the table

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- All options remain on the table for addressing economic concerns related to energy prices, including a strategic petroleum release, the White House said.
Of ads and adages

Of ads and adages

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Senator calls Facebook IPO specious

Senator calls Facebook IPO specious

WASHINGTON, June 2 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., says Facebook's initial public offering is the "poster child," for practices on Wall Street that favor big investors.
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