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    Embassy Row: Daughters plead to China, 'Let our fathers go'

    The daughters of five Chinese political prisoners are planning to use a congressional hearing Thursday to send a message to the communist authorities who have locked up their dads.

  • "Many health insurance plans throughout the nation will subsidize abortion on demand," Rep. Christopher H. Smith says about Obamacare. (Associated Press)

    Lawmakers can't find abortion-free health care exchanges, push transparency bill

    Rep. Christopher H. Smith and a bipartisan pro-life coalition in Congress say the Obama administration is obfuscating consumers about the health care law by not making it clear which exchange plans cover abortion and which don't.

  • "Many health insurance plans throughout the nation will subsidize abortion on demand," Rep. Christopher H. Smith says about Obamacare. (Associated Press)

    Lawmakers can't find abortion-free health care exchanges, push transparency bill

    Rep. Christopher H. Smith and a bipartisan pro-life coalition in Congress say the Obama administration is obfuscating consumers about the health care law by not making it clear which exchange plans cover abortion and which don't.

  • The sons of Colin Bower of Boston were taken to Egypt. His case was championed by then-Sen. John Kerry, now secretary of state.

    Parents call for sanctions on countries that refuse to aid return of children

    Parents whose spouses flee overseas with their children called Thursday for the federal government to put sanctions on countries that don't help get those children returned, saying it should be considered a human-trafficking issue, not merely a family dispute.

  • ** FILE ** Rep. Christopher H. Smith (Associated Press)

    Chinese policies blamed in worsening U.S. deficit

    China has done nothing to end trade practices that favor Chinese enterprises at the expense of U.S. workers and businesses, says a report by a congressional commission.

  • ** FILE ** Rep. Christopher H. Smith (Associated Press)

    Congressional report hits Chinese trade practices

    China has done nothing to end trade practices that favor Chinese enterprises at the expense of U.S. workers and businesses, a report by a congressional commission says.

  • **FILE** Rep. Christopher H. Smith. (Associated Press)

    Libya’s record won’t stop U.S. aid

    President Obama on Friday gave seven countries listed by the State Department as doing little to control human trafficking — including Libya and Saudi Arabia — a pass on government-mandated sanctions and a loss of foreign aid, citing national security concerns.

  • **FILE** Rep. Christopher H. Smith. (Associated Press)

    Top human traffickers need not fear Obama

    The failure of the White House to enforce threatened sanctions against countries that the State Department has accused of doing little to control human trafficking is "appalling," with the Obama administration — much like the George W. Bush administration before it — using "every loophole possible" to issue waivers to avoid punishing the offending nations by cutting U.S. aid, according to elected officials, human rights activists and others.

  • Rep. Christopher H. Smith, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa, global health and human rights, said the recent publication of an aborted 7-month-old child in China has "sparked global outrage." (Associated Press)

    Gruesome picture puts new pressure on China over one-child policy

    At a House hearing punctuated by the wails of a Chinese woman mourning a baby that was forcibly aborted 17 years ago, lawmakers said there were signs that increased domestic and international pressure on Chinese officials to end the country's one-child policy was beginning to have an effect.

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    Lawmaker backs Catholic bishops

    The author of the nation's laws to protect human-trafficking victims said Wednesday he supports Catholic bishops in their efforts to overturn a federal judge's ruling and correct what they view as an "abuse of power" by the Obama administration.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Goal of liberals: Avoid consequences

    In the recent column "Premeditated murder of newborns" (Commentary, Tuesday) Rep. Christopher H. Smith, New Jersey Republican, rhetorically asks why so many who claim to be proponents of human rights systematically dehumanize and exclude the weakest and most vulnerable beings from legal protection.

  • Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga (left), Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma (center) and Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo (right) meet in Abidjan on Monday. (Associated Press)

    EDITORIAL: Obama's Kenyan move

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report Monday confirming Obama administration meddling in the drafting of controversial provisions of Kenya's constitution, which were ratified last year. Officials funneled $18 million in taxpayer cash to a number of groups, at least one of which openly worked to reverse the African country's ban on killing the unborn. U.S. law prohibits lobbying for or against abortion with foreign aid money.

  • Standoff threatens autism research funding

    House lawmakers Wednesday implored their Senate counterparts to break a logjam they said is endangering federal support for autism research and funding.

  • **FILE** Chinese President Hu Jintao

    Lawmakers rip reception for China's visiting president

    As Chinese President Hu Jintao lunched Wednesday at the State Department on a sugar plum-themed menu, members of Congress expressed concerns that the leader of an unfree country would be feted so lavishly.

  • ** FILE ** Rep. Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican. (Associated Press)

    Repatriation policy links China to rights violations

    China is partially to blame for North Korea's human rights violations because of its policy of sending North Korean refugees back to the isolated communist dictatorship, members of a congressional panel said Thursday.

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