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Franks, abortion opponents attack Planned Parenthood in House hearing

An emotional Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, accused Planned Parenthood on Wednesday of selling body parts of “innocent babies they’re guilty of killing” in abortion procedures. Critics noted that no officials from Planned Parenthood were invited to testify.... Read more»

The surveillance reforms Obama supported before he was president

When the House of Representatives recently considered an amendment that would have dismantled the NSA’s bulk phone records collection program, the White House swiftly condemned the measure. But only five years ago, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. was part of a group of legislators that supported substantial changes to NSA surveillance programs.... Read more»

Six ways Congress may reform NSA snooping

Although the House defeated a measure that would have defunded the bulk phone metadata collection program, the narrow 205-217 vote showed that there is significant support in Congress to reform NSA surveillance programs. Here are six other legislative proposals on the table.... Read more»

Franks’ bill banning abortion after 20 weeks clears House subcommittee

U.S. Rep. Trent Franks’ bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks passed its first hurdle last week, clearing a House subcommittee on a 6-4 straight party-line vote in the face of strong Democratic opposition. Opponents said the bill flies in the face of court rulings, as recently as last month, that rejected similar bans and protected abortion rights.... Read more»

'Official English' pushed in Congress

Rep. John Conyers didn’t speak a word of English at Thursday’s hearing on a bill to make English the official language of the nation, but he still made his opinion of the bill crystal clear.... Read more»

Panel OKs Franks' bill to ban abortions based on race, gender

A House committee Thursday approved a bill to ban abortions based on the gender or race of the child, a practice that Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, called one of the greatest threats to civil rights in the country.... Read more»