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IRS also vetted liberal groups like 'Occupy': Democrat

By Kim Dixon WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Democrat probing Internal Revenue Service scrutiny of conservative "Tea Party" groups released documents on Friday suggesting that "Occupy" and other liberal-leaning groups received extra attention as well.

Democrat predicts House will pass Senate immigration bill

By John Whitesides WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-controlled House of Representatives will bow to political pressure and pass the immigration bill approved by the Democratic-led Senate by the end of the year, Democratic Senator Charles Schumer predicted on Sunday. Schumer, a member of the bipartisan Senate group that crafted the immigration measure, said House Republicans who are now vowing they will not pass the Senate measure will ultimately be convinced by political concerns about the party's future.

Supreme Court gay marriage decision helps immigration bill

By Rachelle Younglai WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senators who wanted a gay rights provision added to the sweeping U.S. immigration reform bill backed off on Wednesday after the Supreme Court struck down a key part of the federal law that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. The decision removes one of the last obstacles for the Senate to pass the legislation that would overhaul the country's immigration system and give millions of illegal immigrants a chance to earn citizenship over 13 years.

Senator Leahy says he will move quickly on voting rights bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy on Tuesday pledged quick action on restoring voting rights protections after the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the landmark law. "I intend to take immediate action to ensure that we will have a strong and reconstituted Voting Rights Act that protects against racial discrimination in voting," Leahy said.

Schumer says Putin likely approved Snowden flight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. Senator Charles Schumer charged on Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin likely knew and approved of fugitive Edward Snowden's flight from Hong Kong to Russia and that it will likely hurt U.S.-Russian relations. "Putin always seems almost eager to stick a finger in the eye of the United States - whether it is Syria, Iran and now of course with Snowden," Schumer told CNN's "State of the Union," adding that China may have been involved as well. "Allies are suppose to treat each other in decent ways."

U.S. senator sees damaged relations with Russia over Snowden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. Senator Charles Schumer charged on Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin likely knew and approved of fugitive Edward Snowden's flight from Hong Kong to Russia and that it will "have serious consequences" in the U.S.- Russian relationship. "Putin always seems almost eager to stick a finger in the eye of the United States - whether it is Syria, Iran and now of course with Snowden," Schumer told CNN's "State of the Union," adding that China may have had a role as well.

Obama nominates James Comey to be next FBI director

Washington, Jun 21 (EFE).- U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday nominated James B. Comey, who served in the Justice Department under former President George W. Bush, to direct the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Once nominated and subsequently confirmed by the Senate, the 52-year-old Comey, a Republican, will substitute current FBI Director Robert Mueller.

Silicon Valley intensifies lobbying on immigration bill

By Rachelle Younglai and Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Eager to secure more visas for skilled foreign workers, tech companies have stepped up their lobbying this week in support of a comprehensive U.S. immigration reform bill. Human resources executives from Adobe <ADBE.O>, Broadcom <BRCM.O>, Intel <INTC.O>, Motorola Solutions <MSI.N> and other corporations met with dozens of lawmakers and senior advisers on Wednesday from the congressional committees in charge of immigration laws.

Bloomberg targets political donations in latest gun-control push

By Edith Honan NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in his latest bid for tougher gun control, is urging the city's legions of Democratic donors to withhold funds from four Democratic senators who opposed a background checks bill earlier this year.

Democrat: IRS testimony shows no White House involvement

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A conservative Republican overseeing Internal Revenue Service screeners in Cincinnati told congressional investigators that he does not believe the White House was behind IRS scrutiny of conservative groups, a leading Democratic lawmaker said on Sunday.
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