ALAN FRAM

Candidates could alter GOP convention rules

WASHINGTON - With the Republican nominating convention less than 100 days away, the GOP's presidential candidate isn't the only thing still up for grabs. Also in play: The rules by which the nominee will be chosen. Read more

Bipartisan drug abuse bill faces Senate fight over money

WASHINGTON - An election-year Senate fight is brewing over a bipartisan bill targeting heroin and opioid abuse that Democrats say needs another ingredient: more money. Read more

House OKs tax-cut package, first leg of budget deal

WASHINGTON — Republicans overwhelmed divided Democrats to whisk tax breaks for businesses, families and special interests through... Read more

Senate rejects more gun background checks after attack

WASHINGTON - A polarized Senate voted Thursday against expanding background checks for more gun purchases, rejecting the proposal a day after the latest U.S. mass shooting left 14 people dead in California. Read more

Senate set to OK Republican bill unraveling health care law

WASHINGTON (AP) - Openly welcoming a preordained veto, Senate Republicans on Thursday drove toward passage legislation aimed at crippling two of their favorite targets: President Barack Obama's health care law and Planned Parenthood. Read more

House chair: Planned Parenthood probe protects taxpayers

WASHINGTON — Opening long-awaited congressional hearings, a top Republican said Wednesday an investigation of Planned Parenthood... Read more

Reports show gun homicides down since 1990s

WASHINGTON - Gun homicides have dropped steeply in the United States since their 1993 peak, a pair of reports released Tuesday showed, adding fuel to Congress' battle over whether to tighten restrictions on firearms. Read more

Senate OKs payroll tax cut, huge spending bill

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Saturday to temporarily avert a Jan. Read more

Payroll tax cut bill boosts cost of new mortgages

WASHINGTON - Who is paying for the two-month extension of the payroll tax cut working its way through Congress? The cost is being dropped in the laps of most people who buy homes or refinance beginning next year. Read more

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