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Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., Wisconsin Republican (Associated Press) **FILE**

Top GOPer says it’s time to dissolve ATF

- The Washington Times

A top Republican House member on Wednesday proposed eliminating the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, writing a bill that would freeze all hiring at the troubled agency and require the Justice Department to come up with a plan for transferring its duties to other agencies.

Vice President Joe Biden gestures during a speech to mark the 40th anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation in Washington, on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

In Iowa, Biden preaches economic populism

- The Washington Times

Ahead of a possible 2016 White House bid, Vice President Joseph R. Biden visited Iowa on Wednesday and struck a passionate, populist note, blasting U.S. corporations and the wealthy who he argues are able to dodge taxes and reap greater profits at the expense of the middle class.

FILE - This photo taken April 28, 2014 shows the Phoenix VA Health Care Center in Phoenix. The Department of Veterans Affairs says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital in Phoenix, deflating an explosive allegation that helped expose a troubled health care system in which veterans waited months for appointments while employees falsified records to cover up the delays. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

VA official admits not every wait-list death reviewed by investigators

- The Washington Times

An official for the Department of Veterans Affairs admitted Wednesday that he wasn’t able to review the case of every patient on a wait list, opening the door to the possibility that some delays in care could have directly lead to deaths in cases that weren’t included in the inspector general’s investigation.

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Sewell: Judge arrested for violence should quit

- Associated Press

An Alabama federal judge arrested on a domestic violence charge after a fight with his wife shouldn't get to retain the lifetime position if an NFL player loses his job over similar allegations, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell said.

Democrats say Ike Brown can stay in party office

Associated Press

State party officials say three Democratic Party officials convicted of felonies can remain on county executive committees, despite a new Mississippi law meant to prohibit felons from holding such offices.

DC proposes concealed-carry licensing program

- Associated Press

District of Columbia residents will be able to get licenses to carry concealed handguns outside the home, but only after they show a reason they need such a permit and complete an extensive gun-safety training course, officials said Wednesday.

15 Syrian children die after getting vaccinations

- Associated Press

At least 15 children died after receiving vaccinations in rebel-held parts of northwestern Syria, while the death toll from two days of government airstrikes on a central city climbed to nearly 50, a heavy toll even by the vicious standards of the country's civil war, activists said.

Baltimore mayor announces report on immigrants

Associated Press

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will release a new report prepared by the New Americans Task Force on the economic impact of immigrants living in the city.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee, the first in a series of high-profile Capitol Hill hearings that will measure the president's ability to rally congressional support for President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria, in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Obama last week outlined his military plan to destroy the extremists, authorizing U.S. airstrikes inside Syria, stepping up attacks in Iraq and deploying additional American troops, with more than 1,000 now advising and assisting Iraqi security forces to counter the terrorism threat.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Dempsey: Half of Iraqi army not OK as US partners

- Associated Press

About half of Iraq's army is incapable of partnering effectively with the U.S. to roll back the Islamic State group's territorial gains in western and northern Iraq, and the other half needs to be partially rebuilt with U.S. training and additional equipment, the top U.S. military officer said Wednesday.