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Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) are unveiling legislation that would restart the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's gun violence research efforts.

New legislation would increase CDC funding for gun violence research from zero dollars to $10 million. The NRA calls the push “unethical” and an “abuse of taxpayer funds.” Read more»

Carpetbagging super PACs and nonprofit groups are dominating this year’s special congressional elections in a potential foreshadowing of the 2014 midterms, where even the sleepiest locales aren’t immune from out-of-state, cash-flush special interests. Read more»

As engineers in Japan struggle to bring quake-damaged reactors under control, attention is turning to U.S. nuclear plants and their ability to withstand natural disasters. Read more»

Sen. John McCain

Those asking for money include Arizona's John McCain, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana. Also, Tea Party favorites like Sen. Scott Brown and Rep. Michele Bachmann. Read more»

Jeff Phillips, an environmental contaminants coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, rescues a Brown Pelican from Barataria Bay, Grand Isle, La., on June 4.

Read the internal document that contradicts BP’s public claims on how much oil is flowing from the leaking Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico. Read more»