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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House Passes Student Loan Deal; Bill Now Awaits President's Signature

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_4a39a4ef3d.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A month past Congress' own deadline, final approval of the bipartisan student loans agreement comes in time for college students going to classes this fall. The House Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to approve the Senate’s changes to the student loan bill.

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Senate Confirms ATF Director After Nearly Record-Long Vote

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_9276f699b0.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- For the first time in seven years, the Senate confirmed a director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Wednesday after an almost record-setting procedural vote that took five hours. The Senate voted 53-42 to confirm Todd Jones as director of ATF Wednesday evening.

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