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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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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, California Republican, is pressing for votes on 12 annual spending bills that Congress has failed to pass in recent years. Mr. McCarthy bragged that lawmakers are starting on the budget process much earlier than usual.

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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)

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, following a GOP strategy meeting. In a direct challenge to the White House, a Senate committee pushed toward a vote on a bill that would give Congress a chance to weigh in on any final nuclear agreement that can be reached with Iran. The top Republican leaders in the House and Senate insisted on Tuesday that lawmakers have a say. Boehner said "Congress should absolutely have the opportunity to review this deal," telling reporters. "The administration appears to want a deal at any cost." (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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President Barack Obama greets Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas prior to his address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and President Obama have not given up the fight for stricter gun control laws, but many Democrats in Congress are wishing the president would relent, having concluded that the issue is an electoral loser for them. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican, said the "doc fix" would cost taxpayers a net $141 billion over the next decade, and would bring Congress disrepute. (Associated Press)

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stopped short of explicitly calling on Congress to stop the deal in its tracks, but he did make clear that, in his opinion, the agreement in its current form endangers Israel and guarantees that Iran will remain a destructive force in the Middle East. (Associated Press)

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Illustration on Hillary Clinton's testimony before Congress by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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An initiative to strip commanders of their convening authority introduced by Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, New York Democrat, failed to pass Congress last year. (AP Photo)

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AP10ThingsToSee - As the sun rises, Chinese paramilitary policemen watch over Tiananmen Square from a rooftop across from the Great Hall of the People ahead of the closing ceremony of the annual National People's Congress in the hall in Beijing on Sunday, March 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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White House press secretary Josh Earnest points to a reporter during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2015, where he answered questions including about Israel and Congress. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton has announced his endorsement of Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana in his gubernatorial quest, of Rep. Ron DeSantis from Florida and of Paul Chabot, candidate for Congress in California. (Associated Press)

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National Edition Opinion cover for March 10, 2015 - How to rate the new Congress (Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times)