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McCain condemns conviction of dead Russian whistle-blower

Sen. John McCain on Friday condemned the posthumous conviction of Sergei Magnitsky, an auditor who accused Russian tax officials of corruption and then died in custody in 2009, as a "shameful act" and evidence of the "systematic deterioration of the rule of law" under President Vladimir Putin.

**FILE** Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano speaks with New York Sen. Charles Schumer during observances marking the 11th anniversary of the terror attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2012 in New York. (Associated Press)

Schumer: Napolitano did 'A+ work'

While those on both sides of the immigration issue have panned Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's time in office, Sen. Charles E. Schumer gives her the very highest marks.

**FILE** Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick arrives at a community reading of the Emancipation Proclamation on the Boston Common, in Boston on July 2, 2013. (Associated Press)

Mass. will repeal state's employer health mandate: Report

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says he will not veto a plan to repeal the state-based mandate requiring employers of 10 or more workers to provide health coverage, even though a less-stringent federal mandate has been delayed for one year, according to the Boston Globe.

**FILE** Homeland Security Secretary Janet A. Napolitano (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Napolitano's California appointment to be 'met with protests'

Immigrant-rights groups are vowing to protest if the University of California hires Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to head its school system, saying her record as chief of President Obama's immigration policy has been "an unmitigated failure."

Sen. Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul files bill to stop aid to Egypt

Sen. Rand Paul has filed legislation to stop the United States from sending aid to Egypt's government, deeming the military's overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi a "coup d'etat" despite President Obama's and other leaders' reluctance to do so.

**FILE** Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican (Associated Press)

Senator wants department to cancel conference

A top U.S. senator is calling on the Education Department to call off a conference and bus trip in light of Obama administration claims that other student programs face cuts.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (left) talks with Texas state Sen. John Whitmire, Houston Democrat, in the Senate Chambers in Austin on July 11, 2013. A Senate committee pushed through new abortion restrictions, setting up a Senate vote before the weekend to send it to Gov. Rick Perry. The bill would require doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, only allow abortions in surgical centers, dictate when abortion pills are taken and ban abortions after 20 weeks. (Associated Press)

Santorum stands with Texas pro-lifers

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum parachuted in Texas on Thursday to throw his support behind the Republican-led push to ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and impose stricter regulations on abortion clinics — putting the former GOP presidential candidate in the middle of a fiery national debate that is right in his political wheelhouse.