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Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton calls on Congress to end the trade embargo the U.S. has imposed against Cuba since 1962 during a campaign stop at Florida International University in Miami on July 31, 2015. (Associated Press)

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Illustration on the imperative need for Congress to reject the Obama/Iran nuclear arms deal by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

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Illustration on Congress' skepticism and opposition to the Iran nuclear arms deal by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson declined to criticize sanctuary cities and told Congress not to try to pass laws forcing cooperation, saying it could conflict with the Constitution, and it won't win over the hearts of reluctant communities. (Associated Press)

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Newt Gingrich, who led Republicans to power in Congress in the mid-1990s and ran for president in 2012, will pen a twice-a-week column titled "Newt's Idea Lab," which will focus on identifying, crafting and exploring solutions to America's most pressing problems. (Associated Press)

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Upon announcing his presidential campaign, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said he would work with Congress to repeal Obamacare if elected in 2016. (Associated Press)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, "has endeavored to consolidate power and centralize decision-making, bypassing the majority of the 435 Members of Congress and the people they represent," said Rep. Mark Meadows, North Carolina Republican, in his motion. (Associated Press)

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This image provided buy the Library of Congress shows an artists rendering of the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. (Associated Press)

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Army Lt. Col. Jason Amerine testified to Congress last week about retaliation against whistleblowers. (Associated Press)

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The Army this week stopped paying Lt. Col. Jason Amerine, who is under investigation for sharing information with Congress on policies for freeing hostages. (Associated Press)

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This is a Civil War era photo provided by the Library of Congress shows Frances Clalin Clayton, who disguised herself as a man, "Jack Williams," to fight in the Civil War. On May 15, 2015, Steve Killings, board president of The Academy for Veteran Education and Training, an educational nonprofit group located at Historic Jordan Springs, said that the organization is trying to erect a monument to honor the more than 500 women who posed as men so they could fight. (Library Of Congress via AP)

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This is a Civil War era photo provided by the Library of Congress shows a portrait of Frances Clalin Clayton, woman who disguised herself as a man, "Jack Williams," to fight in the Civil War. On May 15, 2015, Steve Killings, board president of The Academy for Veteran Education and Training, an educational nonprofit group located at Historic Jordan Springs, said that the organization is trying to erect a monument to honor the more than 500 women who posed as men so they could fight. (Library Of Congress via AP)

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FBI Director James B. Comey asked Congress this week to make sure Section 215 and two other parts of the Patriot Act, also slated to expire at the end of the month, are preserved. Those other powers include the ability to target lone wolf actors and to switch wiretaps if suspects switch their phones. (Associated Press)

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American Conservative Union's new annual rating of Congress shows Hillary Clinton had a more liberal voting record than President Obama when they were both senators, bucking pundits' views she's more centrist. (Associated Press)

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Mike Flynn, who worked closely with media maven Andrew Breitbart, is set to run for Congress in Illinois. (Mike Flynn for Congress)

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"There is no question this budget is far from perfect, but it is some progress since it has been a long time since the Congress has completed this basic part of governing," said Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who had refused to sign off on the budget, objecting to the "gimmicks," before relenting on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

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Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, claims Congress' draft authorization for use of force against the Islamic State needs to be expanded so that all options are on the table to rout the terrorist group. (Associated Press)

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"This is actually the earliest in the history of Congress we have ever started appropriations," said Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, California Republican.

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"Our work today and in the coming weeks will show hardworking taxpayers that Congress is committed to a government that's more effective and more accountable," said Sen. Mike Enzi, Wyoming Republican. (Associated Press)

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Members of Congress join House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, right, as he speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 16, 2015, before signing a bipartisan bill which blocks a cut in Medicare payments that was due to take effect this month, and it revamps how physicians will be paid in the future. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)