Georgia Senate Candidate Laments ‘Making $172,000′ in Congress

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_804f7ec97a.jpgChip Somodevilla/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- In a closed meeting Wednesday, Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., who is also running for Senate, lamented that he is “stuck here making $172,000 a year” in Congress. The comment came at a closed-door meeting with lawmakers during a discussion about potentially reversing the Office of Personnel Management’s ruling that will continue to contribute to the health care coverage of members of Congress and their staff.

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Zuckerberg Acknowledges Need to ‘Debug’ Immigration Reform Group

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_20b19f82eb.jpgWin McNamee/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is in Washington this week lobbying lawmakers in the House on immigration reform, but he acknowledged Wednesday that a political group he founded to support the issue, Fwd.us, has hit some snags in its foray into politics. “There’s been a lot to debug in terms of making this work,” Zuckerberg said at a question-and-answer forum sponsored by The Atlantic.

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Chained to White House Fence: Immigrants Protest Obama Deportations

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_9bf44f6e9e.jpgEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Seven activists chained themselves to the front gate of the White House lawn Wednesday morning in protest of deportations. “Not one more,” they chanted. “Not one more.” In 2012, the Obama administration deported 409,849 immigrants, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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McCain Denounces Agreement on Syria's Chemical Weapons

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_7d79b3e401.jpgChris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call (WASHINGTON) -- Sen. John McCain doesn’t believe that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will abide by the agreement reached between the U.S. and Russia that would force Damascus to turn over its chemical weapons stockpiles to international control. The Arizona Republican told the Council of Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C., Tuesday that “no one trusts Assad's sincerity and there is little reason to have more faith in Russia especially when [Russian] President [Vladimir] Putin himself still insists that the Syrian opposition was responsible for the August 21 attack” that the Obama administration says killed 1,400 people.

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Obama Questions Background Checks After Navy Yard Shooting

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_29ab8aac1e.jpgKevin Moloney/Liaison (WASHINGTON) -- President Obama Tuesday suggested that a better background check system for American gun sales might have prevented Monday’s mass shooting at Navy Yard that left 13 people, including the gunman, dead. “Initial reports indicate that this is an individual who may have had some mental health problems,” Obama said of the shooter, in an interview with Spanish-language network Telemundo.

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