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August 13, 2008, 6:04 PM EDT
Michelle Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be the featured first-night speakers at the Democratic National Convention, which also will include a videotaped message from Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy.
August 8, 2008, 7:30 PM EDT
   Washington, D.C. ( - The Pray at the Pump Movement wants more than just lower gas prices – they are now asking that “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno join them at the pump to pray.  
August 7, 2008, 6:59 PM EDT
House Republicans’ opposition to forcing oil companies to drill on the 68 million acres they currently lease makes their protest against Congress’ traditional August recess a “hoax,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday.
August 1, 2008, 4:42 AM EDT
( - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg told Thursday he was not interested in joining either Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) or Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) as a running mate.   “I think they both have lots of choices,” said the onetime Republican-turned-independent. “I’m going to be working for the city of New York for the next 519 days, so you don’t have to worry about me being there.”  
July 30, 2008, 5:46 AM EDT
Sen. Barack Obama, meeting with House Democrats on Tuesday, said he plans to campaign with them on the promise of “responsive” government.
July 29, 2008, 7:20 PM EDT
Three Republican congressmen on Tuesday urged President Bush to grant pardons to two former Border Patrol agents, both of whom face more than 10 years in prison for shooting an illegal immigrant as he fled towards the U.S.-Mexico border.
July 29, 2008, 5:03 AM EDT
The House Foreign Affairs Committee has advanced a bill calling on China to release its political prisoners, many of them jailed in the run-up to the Olympic Games.
July 25, 2008, 7:01 PM EDT
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was “truly shocked” by allegations before a House committee that the Historically Underutilzed Business Zone (HUBZone) program was susceptible to fraud and abuse, and the SBA has taken steps to correct problems in the program.
July 23, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Government investigators created four bogus companies that were then certified to obtain federal contracts under a program catering to small businesses in poor neighborhoods.
July 23, 2008, 9:06 AM EDT
The Senate on Tuesday cleared the way for a vote on the only “oil price” bill that has a chance of passing before the August recess.  
July 21, 2008, 7:18 PM EDT
In a departure from a previous statement that he would “never vote” for Sen. John McCain for president, James C. Dobson, founder and chairman of the conservative organization Focus on the Family, said Monday that he “might” endorse the presumptive Republican nominee.
July 18, 2008, 7:01 PM EDT
Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr praised Al Gore, who challenged the United States Thursday to run on 100 percent zero-carbon electricity within 10 years.~~
July 16, 2008, 7:05 PM EDT
( – The California State Assembly approved a bill Monday that would require restaurants to phase-out trans fat in foods and would impose fines ranging from $25 to $1,000 on restaurants that violate the provisions.   AB 97, sponsored by Assembly Member Tony Mendoza (D-Norwalk), would force restaurants and food processors to switch to oils, margarines, and shortenings with less than 0.5 grams trans fat per serving.  
July 15, 2008, 5:25 AM EDT
( - President Bush announced on Monday that he will lift the executive order banning offshore drilling, a move that Republicans consider essential to boosting oil supply. Some Democrats, however, say the move won’t lower gasoline prices any time soon.   Bush criticized the Democrat-controlled Congress, saying that it “sat idle” as gasoline prices rose. The American Automobile Association (AAA) listed the national average for unleaded, regular gasoline Monday at $4.109, compared with $3.054 a year ago.  
July 11, 2008, 5:30 PM EDT
Washington ( – Republicans held an “unofficial” hearing on a bill that would make it a crime for minors to be transported across state lines for an abortion without parental consent after the committee chairman blocked a hearing on the measure.   At the forum last Thursday on the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) said, “I have no doubt that eventually we are going to get a vote on this legislation. It will win.”  
July 8, 2008, 6:18 AM EDT
( - Leaders of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) said Monday they need to hear more specifics on the two presidential candidates’ plans for immigration reform. “We are very interested to know more specifically what Sen. Obama or Sen. McCain will give as a plan of action, and I have not seen that yet,” said Rosa Rosales, the national president of LULAC. Rosales, as well as other high-ranking members of the League, spoke at a news conference to open the 79th annual LULAC National Convention.  
July 7, 2008, 8:33 PM EDT
( - Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain is "open to the possibility" of tapping America's domestic oil and gas reserves, but it is not clear from his voting record whether he would actively push to expand offshore oil recovery efforts. On ABC's "This Week -with George Stephanopoulos," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C), a McCain friend and supporter, said the Arizona Republican would be open to talking about looking for oil and gas "in our own backyard."
July 7, 2008, 8:33 PM EDT
( - A new poll in Georgia, the home state of Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr, indicates that he could deprive Republicans of critical votes in a state the GOP has carried in each of the last three presidential elections.The InsiderAdvantage/PollPosition survey conducted in Georgia on June 18 showed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, leading Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, by just 1 percentage point. That was well within the poll's 5-point margin of error.
July 7, 2008, 8:33 PM EDT
( - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday tried to call Sen. John McCain's bluff over comments McCain made on a morning television talk show. The Republican presidential candidate seemed to indicate that he supports oil companies being forced to share some of their profits with consumers.
July 7, 2008, 8:24 PM EDT
Washington ( - The United States will present a "long-term, three-pronged strategy" to combat rising global food prices at a conference to be held by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) this week.