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Justice Dept. files in Ohio, Wisconsin voter cases
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department on Wednesday sided with challengers of voting laws in Wisconsin and Ohio, saying in court filings that measures in those states unfairly affect minority voters....

Powell maybe not told early about CIA techniques
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept the secretary of state and some U.S. ambassadors in the dark about harsh techniques and secret prisons, according to a document circulating among White House staff....

Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters....

House approves VA health care overhaul
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care that have plagued the Veterans Affairs Department for years....

Ex-IRS official called conservatives 'crazies
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A former IRS official at the center of the agency's tea party controversy referred to some right-wing Republicans as "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday. A key GOP lawmaker says the remarks show that Lois Lerner was biased against conservative groups and targeted them for extra scrutiny....

Congress cooperates _ and fights _ as recess nears
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Eager to begin a monthlong break, Congress leavened its customary heavy partisanship on Wednesday with a pinch of compromise, advancing legislation to repair the deeply troubled Department of Veterans Affairs and working to clear funds for highway construction at home and missile defense in Israel....

Obama takes tougher line against Gaza casualties
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration condemned the deadly shelling of a United Nations school in Gaza Wednesday, using tough, yet carefully worded language that reflects growing White House irritation with Israel and the mounting civilian casualties stemming from its ground and air war against Hamas....

Ex-Blackwater guard testifies against colleagues
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A former Blackwater security guard testified Wednesday that he and two colleagues shot their weapons into a car in Nisoor Square in Baghdad, part of a barrage of gunfire that claimed the lives of a mother and her son and led to the shootings of 30 other Iraqis....

Obama order to expand labor rights for contractors
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is preparing to sign an executive order cracking down on labor violations by companies that contract with the federal government, the White House said Wednesday....

Senate reprieve for highly contested border bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bill to deal with the immigration surge on the U.S.-Mexico border won a temporary reprieve in the Senate Wednesday as lawmakers maneuvered to offer some response to the crisis before adjourning for the summer....

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Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead

Congress cooperates _ and fights _ as recess nears

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