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A surge of petitions came after the Justice Department broadened the criteria for inmates seeking clemency. WASHINGTON — More than 3,300 federal inmates have applied since April to have their prison sentences cut short under a new Justice Department...
Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images WASHINGTON — Rep. Eric Cantor used his farewell as House majority leader Thursday to lament what he calls a diminished U.S. role in a world that he said is rife with instability and terror. “I shudder to...
A small group of tea party lawmakers upset House leadership plans Thursday to vote on a bill to address the flood of child migrants crossing the southern U.S. border. Photo by Eric Gay-Pool/Getty Images WASHINGTON — House Republicans abruptly...
When Miles Scott, a 5-year-old in remission after a three-year battle with leukemia, said he wanted to be Batman last year, he wasn’t kidding. And the San Francisco Make-A-Wish Foundation took him at his word and made him a real “Batkid...
The new rules for poultry plant inspection, announced Thursday, will focus more on food safety than quality. Photo by U.S. Department of Agriculture WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in...
Photo by Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images WASHINGTON — Rushing toward the exits, Congress on Thursday scrambled to wrap up legislation addressing the problem-plagued Veterans Affairs Department and a looming shortfall in highway money. House...