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  • House votes to cut off federal funds for NPR

    The House on Thursday voted to end federal funding to National Public Radio. Republican supporters said it made good fiscal sense, and Democratic opponents called it an ideological attack that would deprive local stations of access to programs such as "Car Talk" and "All Things Considered."


  • Illustration: Suzan Johnson Cook

    CHOWNING: Confirm Cook as advocate for free worship

    A n important position within the United States State Department remains vacant 26 months into the administration of President Obama. The post of ambassador at large for international reli-


  • Wisconson Secretary of State Douglas La Follette, right, confers with assistant attorneys general Maria Lazar, foreground, and Steven Kilpatrick, center, after a judge issued a temporary restraining order Friday, March 18, 2011, barring the publication of a controversial new law that would sharply curtail collective bargaining for public employees during a hearing in Dane County Court in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Pool, Mark Hoffman)

    Judge blocks contentious Wisconsin union law

    A Wisconsin judge issued a temporary restraining order Friday blocking the state's new and contentious collective bargaining law from taking effect, raising the possibility that the Legislature may have to vote again to pass the bill.


  • **FILE** Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, Hawaii Democrat (Associated Press)

    Congress passes second bill to avert shutdown

    Congress on Thursday pushed a government shutdown back another three weeks then approved taking a vacation next week, leaving the hard work of striking a long-term deal for another day.


  • House votes to cut off federal funds for NPR

    The House on Thursday voted to end federal funding to National Public Radio. Republican supporters said it made good fiscal sense, and Democratic opponents called it an ideological attack that would deprive local stations of access to programs such as "Car Talk" and "All Things Considered."


  • House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    House votes to strip funding for NPR

    The Republican-dominated House on Thursday voted to block taxpayer funding for National Public Radio programming, dealing another blow to the broadcasting network that already is reeling from a yearlong series of missteps.


  • **FILE** Harry Reid (Associated Press)

    Hill extends temporary funding, OKs a vacation

    Congress on Thursday pushed a government shutdown back another three weeks then approved taking a vacation next week, leaving the hard work of striking a long-term deal for another day.


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Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, a supporter of gun control, and Chicago Police Assistant Deputy Superintendent Matt Tobias examine assault weapons in 2006.

    EDITORIAL: Guns for us, not for you

    Some of the most far-out anti-gun laws are found on the left coast, but that could change - for privileged politicians. A California state Senate committee will consider a bill next week that grants legislators permission to carry concealed firearms. The measure highlights the growing rift between the bureaucratic class and taxpayers who don't have the luxury of exempting themselves from bad laws.


  • **FILE** House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, puts up a chart on Feb. 14 while delivering the GOP response to President Obama's budget submission for fiscal 2012 on Capitol Hill. The nation faces a possible government shutdown if Democrats and Republicans have not agreed by March 4 on an extension for funding the federal government. (Associated Press)

    LAMBRO: No quiters in game of budgetary chicken

    Getting a law passed in Congress is a very difficult thing to do because our Founding Fathers designed it that way, fearing that bad legislation would rob the people of their rights and freedoms.


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