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Capitol Hill spending clashes revive shutdown fears

- The Washington Times

Congress returned from its July 4 recess Tuesday fumbling for a way to avert a second government shutdown in three years, as GOP majorities forged ahead with spending bills that President Obama has threatened to veto, saying they’re insufficient to meet the nation’s needs and are beholden to misguided spending caps.

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Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., left, shakes hands with Associate Director of Refuee, Asylum, and International Operations at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the Department of Homeland Security, Joseph E. Langlois, right, before the start of a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 7, 2015, on children coming across the border and deportations. The additional witnesses, from left, are Director of the Executive Office of Immigration Review at the Department of Justice, Juan P. Osuna, Acting Assistant Secretary of Administration for Children and Families at the Department of Health and Human Services, Mark H. Greenberg and Assistant Director of Field Operations, Enforcement and Removal Operations at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Department of Homeland Security, Philip T. Miller. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Pier shooting suspect pleads not guilty amid more outrage

- Associated Press

A Mexican national at the center of a national immigration controversy pleaded not guilty to murder charges Tuesday as lawmakers voiced criticism over the way he was released before being accused of shooting a woman at a popular city pier.

The Latest: Senate votes to repeal local prevailing wage

Associated Press

After five months of debate and revisions, Wisconsin's full Legislature was set to vote on the 2015-17 state budget, a $73 billion spending plan that divvies up how much money state agencies receive and how they can use it. Here's a rundown on debate developments Tuesday (all times are local):

Court upholds ban on contractor political contributions

- Associated Press

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a ban on government contractors donating money to federal candidates or political parties, a prohibition that has been on the books for 70 years.

In this Monday, July 6, 2015 photo, Miss California Natasha Martinez speaks during an interview after rehearsals for the upcoming Miss USA Pageant in Baton Rouge, La. Pageant co-owner Donald Trump recently made comments painting Mexican immigrants as criminals. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Miss USA contestants dismiss Trump comments, show must go on

- Associated Press

Controversy continues to surround presidential candidate Donald Trump's comments painting Mexican immigrants as criminals, but the women taking part in the upcoming Miss USA pageant Trump co-owns say the show must go on.

As renewable energy debate heated up, firms doubled lobbying

- Associated Press

As Massachusetts has increased its reliance on solar, wind and other sources of renewable power over the past decade, companies specializing in alternative energy have begun flexing their political muscles on Beacon Hill.

Capitol Hill Buzz: Charleston activists visiting Congress

- Associated Press

A relative of one victim of the mass church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, and other activists from the city are coming to the Capitol on Wednesday to try doing what others have failed to achieve before: Pressure lawmakers to approve gun control legislation.

Annette Nance-Holt, who lost her 16-year-old son, Blair, to gun-violence in 2007, speaks at a press conference in Chicago, Tuesday, July 7, 2015, after lawyers for the Coalition for Safe Chicago Communities filed a lawsuit in Cook County suing three suburbs for not adequately monitoring gun stores they believe are the source of weapons that have filtered into the city. The Rev. Michael Pfleger, center rear, announced the lawsuits against the suburbs of Lincolnwood, Lyons and Riverdale. (Saiyna Bashir/Sun-Times Media via AP )  CHICAGO TRIBUNE OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, NO SALES

Chicago group sues 3 suburbs over gun store regulations

- Associated Press

Two mothers who lost sons to gun violence joined ministers and an activist group Tuesday in an unusual lawsuit against three Chicago suburbs, alleging that weak oversight of gun stores has allowed criminals to easily obtain weapons flowing into a metropolitan area besieged by gang violence.

CONCACAF ends corporate partnership with Traffic Sports USA

Associated Press

In the latest fallout from the U.S. federal investigation into soccer corruption, the sport's governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean ended its corporate partnership agency relationship with Traffic Sports USA, two months after the company pleaded guilty to a fraud charge.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with foreign ministers of Germany, France, China, Britain, Russia and the European Union at a hotel in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Iran nuclear talks were in danger of busting through their second deadline in a week Tuesday, raising questions about the ability of world powers to cut off all Iranian pathways to a bomb through diplomacy, and testing the resolve of U.S. negotiators to walk away from the negotiation as they've threatened. (Carlos Barria/Pool photo via AP)

Nuke deal remains elusive after deadline, but talks continue

- Associated Press

Negotiators at the Iran nuclear talks pushed past their second deadline in a week on Tuesday, raising new questions about the ability of world powers to cut off all Iranian pathways to a bomb through diplomacy. The discussions, already in their 12th day, were prolonged until possibly Friday.