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  • "I would say that our team does not practice together, we don't think together, we don't share information together, we don't work together," said Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas, who dropped out of the race for majority leader last week. "I'm for unity. I'm for a person who understands unity." (associated press)

    House Whip contest heats up amid acrimony, calls for unity

    Ahead of a potentially fractious three-way contest for House Majority Whip, Republicans on Tuesday stressed the need for a unifying conservative voice in a conference that's often been split between leadership and the rank and file.

  • Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida Republican, has raised concerns about the U.S.' ability to conduct large-scale reconstruction efforts. (Associated Press)

    Lawmakers fear a re-run of Iraq in Afghan aid effort

    For U.S. taxpayers, post-withdrawal Afghanistan could become another Iraq when it comes to declining security and wasted international aid, lawmakers warned Tuesday.

  • Ros-Lehtinen concerned about Haiti vote delay

    A Florida congresswoman is calling on Haiti's Senate to approve an agreement seeking to organize long-overdue parliamentary and local elections in the Caribbean country.

  • Embassy Row: Sounding an alarm on Iran's support for Syria

    The House Committee on Foreign Affairs this week will focus on Iran's support for the Syrian regime in a civil war that has claimed 100,000 lives and Iranian influence in Latin America, where an Argentine prosecutor accuses the Islamic regime of running spy networks in nine countries.

  • ** FILE ** Che Guevara (Associated Press)

    'Reprehensible': UNESCO adds works of Che Guevara to World Register

    The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced that it has included "The Life and Works of Ernesto Che Guevara" in this year's additions to the Memory of the World Register.

  • ** FILE ** Cuba's Fidel Castro delivers a speech during the 50th anniversary of the Committee for the Defense of the Revolution on Sept. 28, 2010, in Havana. Mr. Castro said on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, that he resigned five years ago from all his official positions, including head of Cuba's Communist Party, a position he was thought still to hold. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano, File)

    U.S.-Cuba mail talks spark speculation of wider outreach

    The announcement that U.S. and Cuban officials will hold landmark talks this week toward restarting direct mail service between the two nations prompted a mix of reactions on Monday on whether the Obama administration plans a broader outreach to the Castro regime in the president’s second term.

  • **FILE** A man leaves a postal office in Havana on Nov. 25, 2010. (Associated Press)

    U.S., Cuban postal officials to hold landmark direct talks

    The announcement that U.S. and Cuban officials will hold landmark talks this week about restarting direct mail service between the two nations prompted a mix of reactions Monday on whether the Obama administration plans a broader outreach to the Castro regime.

  • Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

    Sen. Charles Schumer: Immigration bill to pass Senate by July Fourth

    A lawmaker who helped negotiate a bipartisan bill to overhaul immigration predicted on Sunday that comprehensive legislation would overwhelmingly pass the Senate by July Fourth while House Republicans cautioned that they would write their own version, one piece at a time.

  • Ros-Lehtinen

    Embassy Row: Grave situation

    A leading member of Congress is accusing the Iraqi government of failing to protect unarmed Iranian dissidents from terrorist attacks in a refugee camp near Baghdad.

  • Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida Republican (Associated Press)

    Florida lawmaker pushes to label North Korea as a sponsor of terrorism

    Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is leading a Republican charge for stronger sanctions on North Korea, after that nation released a video about the destruction of the United States, to the tune of Michael Jackson's "We Are the World."

  • ** FILE ** In this Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, file photo, a Libyan woman, Salwa Bugaighis, carries a wreath with a photo of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens on it as she and others gather to pay their respect to the victims of the Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate, in Benghazi, Libya. A man linked to the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi has been conditionally released by Tunisian authorities due to lack of evidence, his lawyer said Tuesday Jan. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon, File)

    Benghazi suspect's release spurs calls to punish Tunisia

    A Tunisian judge's decision to release the only man arrested in connection with the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, has angered congressional Republicans, with one lawmaker demanding that the U.S. cut off millions of dollars in aid to newly democratic Tunisia.

  • Former U.S. Marine Jon Hammar, who served combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, was arrested for illegally possessing an antique firearm even though he declared the gun to Mexican customs agents. He is shown here in a Mexican prison in Matamoros. (Photo courtesy of Olivia Hammar)

    Ex-Marine jailed in Mexico on gun charge is back in U.S.

    A 27-year-old Florida man who served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan with the U.S. Marine Corps is back on American soil after four months spent in a Mexican jail cell.

  • Former Marine Jon Hammar is shackled to his bunk in a prison in Matamoros, Mexico. The Iraq and Afghanistan combat veteran (official 2003 portrait at top) was arrested at the border while trying to declare a prized heirloom gun (below) he was carrying on a surfing trip. He reportedly is no longer in chains. (Associated Press)

    Mexico threatened with travel boycott until veteran freed

    A Republican congressman Thursday threatened Mexico with a travel boycott until a former Marine who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan is released from prison after his arrest by Mexican authorities for being in possession of an antique shotgun.

  • No date has yet been announced for testimony by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, its chairman said. (Associated Press)

    Clinton to testify on Hill about Benghazi report

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she will testify in public before both House and Senate foreign relations committees about a State Department report into the deadly Sept. 11 anniversary terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

  • Embassy Row: Thin ice

    The chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee was shocked when a top State Department official called the attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya "unprecedented."

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