Reporters Grill State Dept. on Egypt Coup Decision Punt

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-07_0c4840e110.jpgAlex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Friday’s U.S. State Department daily press briefing may have provided more fodder for another The Daily Show segment as spokeswoman Jen Psaki bore the brunt of the criticism of the Obama administration’s announcement on Thursday that it won’t determine whether a coup occurred in Egypt earlier this month.

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Paul Ryan: House Could Vote on Immigration Bills in October

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-07_fcb6e5f12c.jpgT.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images(RACINE, Wis.) -- The House is tentatively scheduled to begin voting on immigration bills in October, according to a top House Republican. Congress will leave town next week for the entire month of August and has only nine legislative days in September to tackle spending bills in order to prevent a government shutdown.

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House Rejects Bid to Curtail NSA Phone Call Collection

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-07_91c8297fef.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A bipartisan amendment to gut a program that allows the National Security Agency to collect the phone records of millions of Americans went down to defeat on Wednesday. It took a slightly larger group of Republicans and Democrats to turn back the effort that they claimed would have seriously compromised national security.

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Libertarian Think Tank: Build a Wall Around Welfare

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-07_74b2d7247e.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- While the libertarian Cato Institute admits that immigrants overwhelmingly come to the United States to work and not to go on welfare, to appease right-wing critics of immigration reform it has developed a plan to deny any federal benefits to tax-paying undocumented workers, even after they achieve legal status.

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Mitch McConnell Spars with New Challenger from the Right

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-07_c07a75b06c.jpgJohn Foxx/Thinkstock(FRANKFORT, Ky.) -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., officially has two opponents in his campaign for re-election to the U.S. Senate in Kentucky: one Democrat and one Republican. Tea Party candidate and Louisville businessman Matt Bevin entered the Republican primary Wednesday morning at an event at the Kentucky State Capitol building.

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