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Ken Cuccinelli, left, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Matthew Albence, faced several hours of tough questioning from House members Wednesday.

The acting director of Citizenship and Immigration Services insisted to a House panel that there are no new plans to end “medical deferred action,” but Democrats called the administration “cruel” for considering the notion in the first place. Read more»

The first night of the Democratic Convention Center held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Many Arizona delegates, supporters of Clinton and Sanders, are trying to take a longer-term view of the email leaks that led to the resignation of the DNC chairwoman this weekend. Read more» 1

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz claims Jeb Bush supported his brother’s Social Security plan that would put “Americans at risk of losing their retirement savings with the ups and downs of Wall Street.” Read more»

U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, leans off of first base on a rainy Washington evening during an annual charity softball game between congressional women and women journalists.

It’s one thing to claim that you can work across the congressional aisle in the spirit of bipartisanship. It’s quite another to sweat with members of the other party. But that’s what congressional women were doing on Wednesday as Republicans and Democrats joined forces to play women journalists in a charity softball game on a steamy Washington night. (with video) Read more»

Speaker of the House John Boehner holds former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords hand after she handed him her letter of resignation Wednesday.

As her colleagues teared and cheered, Gabrielle Giffords resigned from Congress as the House passed her bill on ultralight smuggling on a 408-0 vote. Surrounded by Congressional leadership, Giffords stood in the well of the House as Rep. Wasserman Shultz read Giffords' letter of resignation. Nancy Pelosi called her "the brightest star Congress has ever seen." (with video) Read more»

Emily Nottingham said her son, Gabe Zimmerman, pictured on the poster behind her, should be remembered for his life of service and not how he died. Gabe, a staffer for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who was killed with six others in January when a gunman opened fire at a Giffords event in Tucson. Lawmakers have proposed naming a room in the Capitol complex in Gabe Zimmerman’s memory.

Update: Gabe Zimmerman's “hard work and ideals... should be recognized here,” his mother told a crowd gathered as members of Congress unveiled a bill to name a room in the Capitol Visitors Center for the first congressional staffer killed in the line of duty. (with video) Read more»

Members of Congress have been asked to wear black and white Homicide Survivors lapel ribbons at Tuesday's State of the Union address to honor the victims of the Jan. 8 Tucson shootings. Radio talker Rush Limbaugh isn't joining in the bipartisan tribute. Read more» 1