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Murkowski, Sullivan receive Senate committee assignments

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Begich delivers farewell address to U.S. Senate

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Tribes could issue protective orders against non-Natives

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Obama nominates Ashton Carter to be defense secretary

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Obama pardons Thanksgiving turkeys

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    Murkowski, Sullivan receive Senate committee assignments

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 15, 13:17

    As the 113th Congress draws to a close, the U.S. Senate Republicans announced the official committee assignments for the upcoming 114th Congress, set to begin on Monday, Jan. 6, 2015. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen.-elect Dan Sullivan each received four committee assignments: Sen. Lisa Murkowski: Appropriations Committee Energy and Natural Resources Committee Health, Education, Labor […]

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    Begich delivers farewell address to U.S. Senate

    by C-SPAN / AP on Dec 11, 14:03

    JUNEAU (AP) – Democratic Sen. Mark Begich has bid an emotional farewell to the U.S. Senate. In a floor speech Thursday, Begich choked up talking about the history of the place and about his wife, Deborah Bonito. He said it had been an honor to serve and that he was proud of the work accomplished […]

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    Tribes could issue protective orders against non-Natives

    by Associated Press on Dec 09, 11:53

    The U.S. Senate has passed legislation that would allow Alaska tribes to issue and enforce protective orders against non-Natives. Sen. Mark Begich’s office said the provision passed as a pared-down version of a safe families’ bill, through a legislative maneuver known as unanimous consent. There was no floor vote, but Democrats and Republicans agreed to […]

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    Obama nominates Ashton Carter to be defense secretary

    by CBS News on Dec 05, 9:05

    President Obama formally nominated Ashton Carter to be his fourth defense secretary Friday morning. Mr. Obama hailed Carter as “one of our nation’s foremost security leaders” and said Carter would bring to the job a unique combination of “strategic perspective and technical know-how.” If confirmed by the Senate, Carter will replace outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck […]

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    Obama pardons Thanksgiving turkeys

    by CNN / AP on Nov 26, 11:47

    WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is defending his legal authority to take executive actions – to spare a pair of Thanksgiving turkeys. Obama joked that his annual turkey pardon will be his “most talked about executive action this month.”  Last week, the president issued a series of highly anticipated executive actions on immigration that […]

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    A visit to Don Young’s office: An Alaska show-and-tell experience

    by Rhonda McBride on Nov 21, 7:41

    Congressman Don Young has the largest office of any House member on Capitol Hill, and says he wound up with the extra space after plans for an escalator were scrubbed. So how does Young use that additional room in the Rayburn building? He has 55 animal trophies on the wall, many of them from Africa. […]

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    Obama says time for immigration changes is now

    by CNN / AP on Nov 20, 16:50

      WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is telling the American people that the time to change the nation’s immigration system is now, and he’s taking action to make that happen. In a nationally televised address from the White House, Obama says it doesn’t make sense to round up and deport millions of people living […]

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    Mark Begich prepares for transition

    by Rhonda McBride on Nov 20, 7:17

    From the scaffolds encrusting the Capitol dome to the politics inside, Congress is definitely going through a period of reconstruction. The Democratic majority in the Senate will soon be history, as will Mark Begich’s time in the Senate. The new Alaska senator, Dan Sullivan, will be sworn in on Tuesday, Jan. 6. He’ll be part […]

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    Senate Democrats reject bill to build oil pipeline

    by CNN / AP on Nov 18, 15:26

    The Democrat-controlled Senate has defeated a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The Senate’s 59-41 vote Tuesday night was a nail-biter to the end. The bill needed 60 votes to reach the White House. The House passed it overwhelmingly last week. President Barack Obama did not support the bill, but the White House […]

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    House passes bill to fast-track Keystone XL oil pipeline

    by Jake Miller / CBS News on Nov 14, 9:22

    The House of Representatives passed a bill expediting the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline on Friday, thrusting Congress back into the debate over a long-stalled project lauded by proponents as a job creator and reviled by foes as an environmental disaster. The bill passed by a margin of 252 to 161. This is the ninth […]

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    Obama: Vote shows U.S. is united against ISIS

    by Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News on Sep 18, 18:13

    Last Updated Sep 18, 2014 7:15 PM EDT With a bipartisan vote, the Senate on Thursday approved a request from President Obama to arm and train Syrian rebels in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also known as ISIL), sending a bill to Mr. Obama for a final signature. The president said […]

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    Begich votes to advance campaign finance measure

    by Associated Press on Sep 11, 13:54

    A proposed constitutional amendment aimed at big spending in campaigns has failed in the U.S. Senate. Democratic Sen. Mark Begich voted to advance the measure Thursday. He also was a co-sponsor. Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski did not vote. A spokesman says she was returning from the Conference of Arctic Parliamentarians. The measure was considered a […]

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    Ex-Virginia gov., wife guilty of public corruption

    by Associated Press on Sep 04, 11:54

    A jury has convicted former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, of corruption, fraud and bribery, after the couple accepted more than $165,000 of gifts and loans from a businessman. Both Bob and Maureen bowed heads and wept as a chorus of “guilty” kept coming from the court clerk. McDonnell was widely considered […]

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    Alaskans urge ban on Russian seafood

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 26, 18:57

    Alaska’s congressional delegation is urging President Obama to get tough over a Russian ban on Alaska seafood. Earlier this month, Russia banned the import of foods from the West in response to economic sanctions placed on Russia over it’s role in the Ukraine uprising. But while Russia isn’t buying, it’s still selling its own seafood in […]

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    House OKs bill to address border crisis

    by Erica Werner/AP on Aug 01, 18:28

    House Republicans passed legislation late Friday to address the crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending migrant youths back home without hearings, winning over conservatives with a companion bill that could lead to deporting more than half a million immigrants whom the Obama administration granted temporary work permits. President Barack Obama condemned the Republican action […]

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    House Republicans forge ahead with lawsuit against Obama

    by Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News on Jul 30, 15:17

    Amid several outstanding domestic and foreign policy crises Congress must tackle by the end of the week, House Republicans are finalizing their plans to sue President Obama. The House voted 225 to 201 Wednesday afternoon to authorize House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to go forward with the lawsuit. It alleges that the president has overreached on his executive […]

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    John Boehner announces plans to sue Obama

    by Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News on Jun 25, 11:45

    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Wednesday that he’s pushing the House of Representatives to sue President Obama “in an effort to compel the president to follow his oath of office and faithfully execute the laws of our country.” He did not say which specific laws the suit will say the president has not enforced, […]

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    Rand Paul: Blame Dick Cheney for Iraq violence, not Obama

    by Jake Miller / CBS News on Jun 22, 16:30

    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., offered some bipartisan backup to President Obama on the subject of Iraq Sunday, saying many critics who blame the president for theferocious Islamist insurgency there, like former Vice President Dick Cheney, should take a look in the mirror. “I don’t blame President Obama,” Paul told NBC News. “Has he really got the solution? Maybe […]

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    New law allows Georgia residents to carry guns in churches, schools, bars

    by CBS/AP on Apr 23, 18:15

    Under a law just signed by Georgia’s governor, people with a license can carry a gun into bars, some government buildings and places of worship if religious leaders say it’s okay. A few hundred gun rights advocates gathered to watch Wednesday’s bill signing by Gov. Nathan Deal with top officials including House Speaker David Ralston […]

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    Obama administration delays Keystone XL pipeline review

    by CBS/AP on Apr 18, 14:01

    The Obama administration is extending indefinitely the amount of time federal agencies have to review the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline past the midterm elections. The State Department didn’t say how much longer it will grant agencies to weigh in but cited a […]