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If Crist leaves party, GOP donors vow to take cash back

One Republican senator has asked Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to return a $1,000 contribution to his Senate campaign, and other senators are expected to follow suit if Mr. Crist announces he's dropping out of the Republican primary in Florida. Published April 29, 2010

Republican quits immigration reform

The sole Senate Republican working with Democrats on a bipartisan immigration bill said Tuesday that the issue will have to wait until 2012, undercutting the drive to pass a law this year and setting up a partisan floor showdown that all sides acknowledge won't produce a bill that can reach the president's desk. Published April 28, 2010

GOP's Graham: No immigration bill until 2012

Sen. Lindsey Graham, the sole Republican working on a bill to legalize illegal immigrants, in effect put the bill on the shelf on Tuesday, saying that a debate now would destroy any prospects for passage and that the issue needs to wait until 2012. Published April 27, 2010

McCain, Kyl mount stiff defense of Ariz. law

Even as President Obama and others blast Arizona's new law cracking down on illegal immigration, Sen. John McCain defended the law Monday and blamed the federal government for foisting the problem onto the states. Published April 26, 2010

Ariz. governor signs tough immigration law

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a law making it a state crime to be an illegal immigrant, just hours after President Obama criticized the bill and said the federal government would review it to see if it violates civil rights laws. Published April 23, 2010

Obama tells feds to check Arizona immigration bill

President Obama on Friday said Arizona's proposed law making it a state offense to be an illegal immigrant represents "irresponsibility," and said he's directed his administration to examine the law and see if it violates civil rights. Published April 23, 2010

Hoyer retracts 'un-American' epithet

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer said Thursday he and Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a mistake when they called anti-health care reform protests "un-American" last year. Published April 23, 2010

House, Senate to shape Iran sanctions

The House voted Thursday to go to conference with the Senate on a bill to impose new sanctions on Iran - marking the first time in months that Congress has embraced a conference committee, the normal procedure that has been anything but normal recently. Published April 23, 2010

Hoyer regrets calling protests 'un-American'

UPDATED: House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer said Thursday he and Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a mistake when they called anti-health care protests "un-American" last year. Published April 22, 2010

Durbin, Lugar urge halt to student deportations

Two leading senators on Wednesday told the Obama administration to stop deporting illegal-immigrant students, saying they might soon be legalized by Congress so deporting them now is unfair. Published April 22, 2010

Bill would widen Clean Water Act

House Democrats pushed forward Wednesday with an effort to delete the word "navigable" from the act - a change that would give the government greater ability to enforce rules but that opponents said amounts to a federal power grab. Published April 22, 2010

Senators ask Obama: stop deporting students

UPDATED: Two top senators on Wednesday told the Obama administration to stop deporting illegal immigrant students, saying they might soon be legalized by Congress so deporting them now is unfair. Published April 21, 2010

Arizonan: Boycott us over immigration bill

One Arizona congressman called for businesses to boycott his own state, and a Catholic cardinal said the state may be encouraging "German Nazi and Russian Communist techniques" as pushback against Arizona's proposed crackdown on illegal immigrants went into high gear Tuesday. Published April 21, 2010

Boycott of Arizona urged over immigration

An Arizona congressman urged businesses Tuesday to boycott his state if the governor signs into law a bill to make illegal immigration a state offense. Published April 20, 2010

House punts on D.C. voting bill

UPDATED: The House will not vote on a bill to grant the District of Columbia a voting member of Congress, the majority leader said Tuesday. Published April 20, 2010

Cantor endorses Rubio over Crist

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor endorsed Florida Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio on Tuesday, saying he represents a "principled" choice for Republicans over Gov. Charlie Crist. Published April 20, 2010

McCain, Kyl want troops on U.S.-Mexico border

With border violence flaring again, the two U.S. senators from Arizona on Monday called on President Obama to deploy 3,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border in their state, saying the borders must be secured before the White House pursues a broader immigration bill. Published April 20, 2010

Senators issue Fort Hood subpoenas

Saying they feared a possible government cover-up, two senators issued subpoenas Monday to two of President Obama's Cabinet secretaries, ordering them to turn over documents related to the fatal shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, last year. Published April 20, 2010