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Brandon Bell/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — The House’s Democratic majority overcame some internal opposition to pass legislation on Thursday addressing high gas prices by cracking down on possible price gouging from oil companies. The bill was approved along party lines in a vote of 217-207. Four Democrats — Texas’ Lizzie Fletcher, Jared Golden of Maine, Stephanie Murphy […]

ABC News (WASHINGTON) — The Speaker’s Dining Room in the Capitol is usually filled with photographs of Nancy Pelosi’s home state of California. But for the next six weeks, on display instead will be shocking images of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine caused by the Russian invasion. Pelosi unveiled the photo exhibit Thursday, joined by […]

Scott Olson/Getty Images (GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.) — Thousands of Michigan GOP leaders are gathering in Grand Rapids on Saturday to decide which candidates will make it onto November’s ballot in what will be a major test of former President Donald Trump’s hold over the state party. Trump has made his presence known in the state, […]

Michael Godek/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — Six oil company executives were grilled by lawmakers Wednesday about skyrocketing gas prices amid a political messaging battle over pain at the pump. BP America, Chevron and ExxonMobil executives are among the “Big Oil” leaders facing questions from members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. […]

Michael Godek/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — Six oil company executives are set to testify Wednesday on Capitol Hill about skyrocketing gas prices amid a political messaging battle over pain at the pump. BP America, Chevron and ExxonMobil executives are among the “Big Oil” leaders who will face questions from lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce […]

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call (WASHINGTON) — The House of Representatives voted Friday to approve legislation that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level and remove criminal penalties for certain cannabis-related offenses by a vote of 220-204. Three Republicans — Reps. Tom McClintock, Brian Mast and Matt Gaetz — joined almost all Democrats in voting for […]

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call (WASHINGTON) — The House is once again poised to pass legislation to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, known as the MORE Act, would remove marijuana from the controlled substances list, leaving it up to states to set their own laws. It would also […]

Joe Raedle/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — Don Natzke, who lost his sight at age 12, says still being able to vote has played a pivotal role in his life. “It’s true of all citizens, but certainly for people with disabilities, the people who are making the policies are very important to us,” he told ABC News. […]

JasonDoiy/iStock (NEW YORK) — For Julieta Larsen, elections are bittersweet. Hailing from Argentina, Larsen moved to New York City after meeting her husband, a firefighter with the FDNY. Now, seven years and two children later, she works as a community engagement coordinator at Queens Community House, a multi-service settlement home. Larsen says she’s a politics […]

JasonDoiy/iStock (NEW YORK) — For Julieta Larsen, elections are bittersweet. Hailing from Argentina, Larsen moved to New York City after meeting her husband, a firefighter with the FDNY. Now, seven years and two children later, she works as a community engagement coordinator at Queens Community House, a multi-service settlement home. Larsen says she’s a politics […]