Sen. Jeff Merkley Takes Aim at Russia's Anti-LGBT Law

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_19c8f4ecec.jpgEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A U.S. senator is targeting Russia's controversial anti-LGBT propaganda law over concerns that the measure will be enforced during the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) will introduce a resolution that calls on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to oppose the anti-LGBT law and demand that the Russian government guarantee that "athletes and spectators will not experience discrimination" based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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John McCain on His Fears About the GOP's Future

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_ea5a4b331c.jpgABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. John McCain has a strong warning for Republicans: Falter on immigration reform and the party will lose in 2016. “If we fail on immigration reform, it won't matter who our nominee is because of the polarization of the Hispanic vote,” the Arizona Republican tells ABC News. 

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Plans to Defund, Defend ‘Obamacare’ Signal August of Discontent

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_559b648232.jpg Drew Angerer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- August is looking like another political scorcher this year. Lawmakers heading home to their states and districts Thursday would be wise to brace themselves for an onslaught of activism aimed squarely at them in their town hall meetings.

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Senate Behaving Badly: Harry Reid Says ‘Sit Down and Shut Up’

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_a3da9b7d46.jpgChip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- How do you quiet down a group of chatty senators who are on the verge of heading home for another summer vacation? “Have senators sit down and shut up!” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said to Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., who was presiding over the Senate at the time, just ahead of a monthlong recess.

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Immigration Advocates Arrested on Capitol Hill

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_cf227bae84.jpgDouglas Graham/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- Forty pro-immigration advocates were arrested in front of the Capitol on Thursday in what they called an act of “civil disobedience. The incident comes on the eve of Congress’ August recess with the House continuing their resistance to comprehensive immigration reform, instead moving on a piece-by-piece basis.

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