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Dems vow retribution on House LGBT vote

Dems vow retribution for LGBT voteDemocrats are vowing to target House Republicans in tough reelection races who allegedly switched their votes to ensure a measure to prevent discrimination against the LGBT community wouldn't pass.

Four of the seven Republicans accused of changing their votes after arm-twisting from GOP leaders are considered particularly vulnerable in the general election this fall.
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Chaos in House after GOP votes down LGBT measure

congressThe House floor devolved into chaos and shouting on Thursday as a measure to ensure protections for members of the LGBT community narrowly failed to pass after Republican leaders urged their members to change their votes.

Initially, it appeared Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney's (D-N.Y.) amendment had enough votes to pass as "yes" votes piled up to 217 against 206 "no" votes.

But it eventually failed on a 212-213 vote after a number of Republican lawmakers changed their votes from "yes" to "no."

GOP leaders held the vote open as they pressured members to change sides.

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Ryan strikes Puerto Rico debt deal with Obama administration

Puerto Rico debt deal reachedSpeaker Paul Ryan has reached a tentative deal with the Treasury Department on a rescue package to ease Puerto Rico's debt crisis, according to House Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop, who has been leading negotiations.

“We are moving forward — there is a deal,” the Utah Republican said Wednesday afternoon, adding that legislative text of the deal would be released later on Wednesday.

Details of that deal were released by Bishop’s committee Wednesday night, when the bill was introduced.

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Senate confirms first openly gay Army secretary

Eric FanningThe Senate on Tuesday evening confirmed the long-delayed nomination of the first openly gay Army secretary.

Eric Fanning, 47, becomes the first openly gay leader of any of the U.S. armed forces. His confirmation, five years after the repeal of the so-called "don't ask, don't tell," rule, was hailed by human rights groups

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Requirement for women to register for draft stripped from bill

Women draft removed from billThe House version of an annual defense policy bill would no longer require women to register for the draft.

The language requiring women to register was officially stripped out of National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Tuesday afternoon as part of a procedural vote, after the House Rules Committee moved to do so on Monday night. Democrats decried the move as a sneaky way to undo the will of the House Armed Services Committee.

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Senate passes bill allowing Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia

Senate pass bill allowing familiees to sue Saudi ArabiaThe U.S. Senate passed legislation on Tuesday that would allow survivors and relatives of those killed in the Sept. 11 attacks to file lawsuits seeking damages against the government of Saudi Arabia.

The legislation, known as the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, or JASTA, passed in the Senate by unanimous voice vote.

If it passes the House of Representatives and is signed into law by U.S. President Barack Obama, JASTA would allow lawsuits to proceed in federal court in New York as lawyers try to prove that the Saudis were involved in the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

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Trey Gowdy’s Former Top Lawyer Undercuts The Benghazi Committee

Gowdy's aide negates Benghazi committeeShortly before the House Benghazi committee ramped up its battles with the Department of Defense in its probe of the 2012 terrorist attack, the committee’s own top lawyer admitted at least four times in interviews with military officials that there was no more they could have done on that tragic night.

That’s according to a letter obtained by The Huffington Post that was sent Sunday to the chairman of the committee, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), from the top Democrats on the Benghazi panel and the House Armed Services Committee, Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.).

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