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An image of a mock gallows on the grounds of the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, is shown during a House committee hearing. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Distract and deny: How to get away with insurrection | Opinion

BY: - October 5, 2022

The tactics have been ripped from the playbook of past political scandals.

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U.S. House sends Biden stopgap spending bill. What Pa. lawmakers said, how they voted

BY: and - September 30, 2022

All nine members of Pennsylvania’s Democratic House delegation, joined by U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-1st District, voted in favor of the bill. Pennsylvania’s eight, remaining Republican House lawmakers voted against it, according to an official House roll call.

U.S. Senate panel probes federal prisons ‘riddled with mismanagement’

BY: - September 30, 2022

Staff shortages have impacted the federal Bureau of Prisons' operations, former Pa. Corrections Secretary John E. Wetzel, told lawmakers.

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The Republican advantage: It’s easier to be against things than for them | Opinion

BY: - September 30, 2022

The against emphasis holds even when it is Republicans who most seek change.

‘Abortion absolutely is healthcare’: U.S. House panel told as GOP pursues nationwide ban

BY: - September 29, 2022

‘Who are you going to be?’ Kelsey Leigh, of Pittsburgh, asked lawmakers. ‘Will you sit in judgment of people who are pregnant without knowing them or their circumstances? Or will you listen … and be the compassion our country so desperately needs right now?’

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Republicans in Congress say they’d keep federal abortion funding in cases of rape, incest

BY: - September 28, 2022

GOP lawmakers said they expect to keep the Hyde Amendment if they retake control after the midterms.

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The nation’s debt limit serves no purpose. It should be eliminated | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - September 27, 2022

Invoking the debt limit keeps the government from paying bills we already owe.

In SWPA, U.S. House GOP outlines agenda in bid for control in the midterms

BY: - September 23, 2022

A bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-16th District, would bar abortion at as early as six weeks.

Rev. Dr. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign, speaks at a briefing on Capitol Hill on Thursday, 9/22/22 (Capital-Star photo by Ariana Figueroa).

Faith leaders urge minimum wage hike, expanded child tax credit as Congress nears recess

BY: - September 23, 2022

'We need Congress to legislate like it loves the people,' Rabbi Michael Pollack of March on Harrisburg, told lawmakers.

Clash over climate change funding emerging in farm bill debate on Capitol Hill

BY: - September 22, 2022

Republicans cast climate priorities as deference to ‘new world religion.’

Report: U.S. government failed to properly count deaths of people in prisons and jails

BY: - September 21, 2022

The Dept of Justice failed to enforce the Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2013, which requires states that receive federal funding to report prison and jail deaths to the agency.

Abortion rights advocates. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images).

‘Crisis pregnancy centers’ that oppose abortion questioned by U.S. Senate Democrats

BY: - September 21, 2022

The centers collect sensitive data from patients, presenting troubling new complications as states move to increase penalties for abortions.