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  • **FILE** Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul. (Associated Press)

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    Former Rep. Ron Paul says that even had an amendment to defund some of the surveillance programs of the National Security Agency (NSA) had passed last week in the U.S. House of Representatives, it would have been a "significant symbolic victory," but possibly little more than that.

  • ** FILE ** House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican (Associated Press)

    House narrowly rejects effort to halt NSA program

    The House narrowly rejected a challenge to the National Security Agency's secret collection of hundreds of millions of Americans' phone records Wednesday night after a fierce debate pitting privacy rights against the government's efforts to thwart terrorism.

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    Boehner faces ouster threats within GOP

    House Speaker John A. Boehner is facing increasing pressure as several rebellious Republicans hinted that they won't vote to re-elect him to run the chamber, and a conservative interest group announced a bid to recruit someone else to run against him for the speakership.

  • Speaker of the House John Boehner, Ohio Republican, and the House GOP leadership speak to reporters following a closed strategy session at the Capitol in Washington on Dec. 5, 2012. From left are House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Boehner, Chief Deputy Whip Rep. Peter Roskam, Illinois Republican, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Washington Republican, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican. (Associated Press)

    MILLER: Establishment vs. Tea Party conservatives

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  • **FILE** Rep. Justin Amash, Michigan Republican (Associated Press)

    Norton opposes another federal bill seeking to limit D.C. abortions

    The District's sole voice in Congress is lambasting another Republican-backed bill aimed at limiting abortions solely within the nation's capital.

  • **FILE** Rep. Justin Amash, Michigan Republican (Associated Press)

    GOP weighs changes to indefinite detention law

    Facing a conservative backlash, House Republicans are working to change a new law that allows the indefinite detention without trial of terrorist suspects, even U.S. citizens seized within the nation's borders.

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