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A voter marks a ballot for the New Hampshire primary inside a voting booth on Feb. 9 in Manchester, N.H. (Associated Press)

Judge upholds voter citizenship checks

Kansas, Alabama and Georgia can demand their residents submit proof of citizenship before signing up to vote even if they're using the federal government's registration forms, a judge said Wednesday, delivering a win to states concerned about voter fraud. Published June 29, 2016

Huma Abedin, who has been at Hillary Rodham Clinton's side as her personal assistant or "body woman" since the 2008 presidential race, faced criticism for standing by her husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner, after sexting scandals that damaged his political career. She now has to defend her own actions with the Clinton Foundation and the State Department email scandal. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Huma Abedin dishes: Hillary Clinton set up private server before secretary term

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton began planning use of her secret email address even before she took office in January 2009, top aide Huma Abedin said in sworn testimony this week, raising questions about why no emails from her first few months in office were part of the set she returned to the government. Published June 29, 2016

Members of the Secret Service stand nearby as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, accompanied by Dulce Candy, left, speaks at a Digital Content Creators Town Hall at the Neuehouse Hollywood in Los Angeles, Tuesday, June 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Report shows inability of Congress to check executive

The two-year, $7 million congressional probe into the Benghazi terrorist attack did more than produce an 800-page report, it also exposed how weak Congress has become in trying to investigate the executive branch. Published June 28, 2016

German Chancellor Angela Merkel poses with Senate leaders, Tuesday, June 7, 2011, on Capitol Hill in Washington. From left are, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., , Merkel, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., and Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Harry Reid says Marco Rubio should pay taxpayers for missing votes

Sen. Marco Rubio should pay back taxpayers for the votes and committee meetings he missed while running for president, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid insisted Tuesday, delivering a fierce political attack on the Florida Republican. Published June 28, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton listens while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, before the House Benghazi Committee.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Hillary Clinton delayed U.S. security resources in Benghazi, panel finds

Both President Obama and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta ordered that all available resources be used to help fend off the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack, but top administration officials -- including then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- put those plans on hold, according to a congressional report, which said the officials instead debated how to appease the Libyan government. Published June 28, 2016

In this Sept. 14, 2012, file photo, Libyan military guards check one of the U.S. consulate's burned buildings in Benghazi, after a deadly attack on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, that killed four Americans. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon, File)

Benghazi GOP lawmakers say Hillary Clinton created conditions for attack

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ignored repeated warnings of what one security agent called their "suicide mission" in Benghazi, creating the opportunity that terrorists took on Sept. 11, 2012, to kill the ambassador to Libya, two Republicans on the Benghazi probe charged Tuesday. Published June 28, 2016

A police officer tries to free an immigration protester who chained himself to a gate in front of a building in Atlanta that houses federal immigration offices during a protest on Nov. 19, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Immigrant activists stage blockade to stop deportations

Immigrant-rights activists attempted to block the road to federal immigration agents' headquarters in Atlanta on Monday, demanding President Obama stop deporting any more illegal immigrants after last week's Supreme Court stalemate. Published June 27, 2016

President Barack Obama speaks in the White House briefing room in Washington, Thursday, June 23, 2016, on the Supreme Court decision on immigration. A tie vote by the Supreme Court is blocking President Barack Obama's immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Obama: Most illegals still won't be deported

President Obama said most illegal immigrants still won't be deported, even after the Supreme Court's tie ruling Thursday upheld an injunction on his broader deportation amnesty. Published June 23, 2016

Gerson Quinteron of Washington yells during a demonstration on immigration at the Supreme Court on Thursday. A tie vote by the Supreme Court is blocking President Barack Obama's immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation. The justices' one-sentence opinion effectively kills the plan for the duration of Obama's presidency. (Associated Press)

Supreme Court deadlocks, dooming Obama deportation amnesty

President Obama lost his bid to kick-start his deportation amnesty Thursday after the Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4, keeping in place a lower court's injunction, nixing the policy for the rest of Mr. Obama's tenure and igniting political and legal debates that will carry on well beyond. Published June 23, 2016

Jean Jacques (NorwichBulletin.com via Associated Press/File)

Criminal aliens released in U.S. because home countries reject them

Homeland Security agents release criminal aliens back onto the streets without strict monitoring because their home countries refuse to take them back, the department's inspector general concluded in a report that exposes serious flaws in the system. Published June 21, 2016

FILE - In this June 18, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures as he speaks in Las Vegas. Trump's campaign is cycling $6 million into his companies through use of his properties; meanwhile, Trump has been on an urgent fundraising quest.  (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Trump, Clinton decline to speak to major Hispanic group

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both declined invitations to speak to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) convention this week, raising questions about both Democrats' and Republicans' outreach goals ahead of the November election. Published June 21, 2016

"Why aren't we working on something that could actually get done?" pleaded Sen. Patrick Toomey, a Pennsylvania Republican who tried to broker a compromise after the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, but saw those efforts doomed by the same gridlock that still prevails four years, and dozens of mass-shootings deaths, later. (Associated Press)

Partisanship dooms lawmakers' latest effort to 'do something' about guns

They agreed on the need to "do something" about guns in the wake of Orlando, but senators couldn't find the sweet spot Monday, instead retreating to partisan corners and stalemating on competing plans to try to keep firearms out of the hands of terrorists. Published June 20, 2016

"Congress should not abandon the Constitution in the face of terrorism," said Rep. Thomas Massie, the Kentucky Republican who has forced the fight each of the last three years. "Unfortunately, proponents of warrantless surveillance mischaracterized our legislation and its bearing on the investigation in Orlando." (Associated Press)

House reverses course, upholds NSA phone snooping as terrorist attacks shift debate

With the terrorist-inspired Orlando shooting fresh in their minds, House lawmakers reversed course last week and voted to uphold the government's ability to snoop through its data when it believes American citizens are involved in terrorism -- suggesting the post-Snowden wariness of the NSA has dissipated. Published June 19, 2016