Congress

5:26am

Thu June 7, 2012
Around the Nation

Ex-House Speakers Request To Be Cellmates

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 5:34 am

Two former House speakers in Pennsylvania are proving politics doesn't have to be partisan. Democrat Bill DeWeese was convicted on corruption charges and began serving time at a prison near Harrisburg. He was approached by his former legislative rival, Republican John Perzel to room together.

1:27pm

Wed June 6, 2012
Election 2012

N.D. Senate Race Could Be Next National Battleground

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 5:29 pm

Democratic Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp greets a supporter before a town hall meeting in Minot, N.D., on May 3.
Dale Wetzel AP

Republicans need a net pickup of four seats to win control of the U.S. Senate this November. One opportunity they see is in North Dakota, where longtime Democratic incumbent Kent Conrad has decided not to run for a sixth term.

Republican Rep. Rick Berg is expected to win the GOP nomination in next Tuesday's primary. If he does, he'll face Democrat Heidi Heitkamp.

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4:20pm

Tue June 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Equal Pay Measure Fails To Move Forward In The Senate

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., and Lilly Ledbetter, right, the woman who has become the symbol for the workplace equality movement, face reporters at the Capitol as the Senate considers the "Paycheck Fairness Act," on Tuesday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

With a vote of 52 to 47, today, Republicans in the Senate succesfully blocked a Democratic-backed bill that called for equal pay for women.

But, as the AP reports, passing the bill was not the only intent of Democrats. The bill was obviously intended to draw attention to schism that have developed between the two parties on women's issues.

The AP reports:

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11:16am

Tue June 5, 2012
Politics

Party's Over for Political Conventions Paid for by PECF (And You)

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Colorado Senator Mark Udall is introducing a bill that would prohibit the use of public money to pay for political party conventions. The bill addresses the use of Presidential Election Campaign Funds (PECF) - which have few federal restrictions on how that money is used.

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3:40am

Tue June 5, 2012
Business

Obama Courts Female Voters With Fair Pay Bill

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And the Senate votes today on legislation aimed at shrinking the pay gap between men and women. It's called the Paycheck Fairness Act.

NPR's Ari Shapiro reports President Obama is using the bill as a tool in the 2012 campaign.

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