House Passes Farm Bill Without Food Stamp Provision

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-07_8d034a616b.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The House of Representatives voted Thursday along partisan lines to approve a farm bill which had been separated from a comprehensive version of the legislation that initially included hundreds of billions of dollars for food stamps.

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Boehner Mum on Pathway to Citizenship as Pelosi Fears Delay

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-07_0b080728b8.jpgChip Somodevilla/Getty Image(WASHINGTON) -- Following deliberations with rank and file Republicans on the way forward on immigration reform, House Speaker John Boehner still refused to indicate whether he is personally supportive of a pathway to citizenship or legalization for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in America.

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Student Loan Fix Fails in Senate

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-07_d4c903153d.jpgHemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A one-year student loan fix, backed by Democratic leaders, failed in the Senate Wednesday on a procedural vote. The vote was 51-49 in favor of moving the bill forward. It needed 60 votes to advance. The Senate is still debating student loans. Following the vote, Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) took to the floor to express disappointment.

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John Kerry Gets Emotional over Wife’s Condition

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-07_843f538558.jpgBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Though Secretary of State John Kerry traveled back to Washington, D.C. from Boston, where he was at the side of his ill wife Teresa Heinz Kerry, to open a dialogue conference between U.S. and Chinese leaders, it was clear that his thoughts were with home. The secretary grew emotional as he spoke about her condition at the top of his remarks.

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George W. Bush Weighs In on Immigration Debate

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-07_5639324169.jpgBrendan Hoffman/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Former President George W. Bush on Wednesday expressed hope that the immigration debate in Congress produces a "positive" result. Bush backed an unsuccessful comprehensive immigration reform bill as president in 2007.

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