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Drivers pick up meals for children at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option in San Antonio, Texas, on April 9, 2020.

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program - touted by members of Congress as a highly effective cash assistance program for low-income parents and kids - is a program distinguished by failure and no substitute for a monthly federal stipend for families with children. Read more»

President Joe Biden's pledge to a appoint an black woman on the supreme court is hardly a new kind of promise.

Republicans have criticized Biden for pledging to nominate an African-American woman to the U.S. Supreme Court. They should read what former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump said about women they appointed. Read more»

Arizona Election Services Director Bo Dul puts the official seal on the Arizona Presidential Electoral Ballot after members of Arizona’s Electoral College signed the certificate Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Phoenix.

A bipartisan group of senators is exploring legislation to overhaul how Congress counts Electoral College votes, but backers of stalled voting rights legislation are lukewarm on the effort as a substitute. Read more»

Senate Democrats on Monday again blocked a massive stimulus package responding to the coronavirus outbreak, though Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer held out hope for a deal by the end of the day. Read more»

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, walks past reporters in the hallway outside his Washington office Friday, just hours after his early-morning vote helped kill the latest attempt by Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Sen. John McCain’s decision to buck his party early Friday and vote against a GOP plan to repeal Obamacare was both hailed as an example of “amazing courage” and derided as “betraying his conservative constituency.” He joined Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine to vote against a repeal of parts of the Affordable Care Act. Read more»

Joining two other Republicans to kill an Obamacare repeal effort in a dramatic late-night Senate vote, Sen. John McCain said the GOP's "skinny repeal" bill "offered no replacement to actually reform our health care system and deliver affordable, quality health care to our citizens." With video. Read more»

A national gun rights group has split from the National Rifle Association and said they will support bipartisan legislation to expand background checks on gun sales. The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, which calls itself the second largest gun-rights group in the US, said Sunday that it now supports the Manchin-Toomey agreement. Read more»

Body scanners, which are designed to reveal objects hidden under clothing, have the potential to close a significant security gap for the Transportation Security Administration because metal detectors can't find explosives or ceramic knives, which can be just as sharp as the box cutters that hijackers used on 9/11.

X-raying passengers for airline security became a lot less common in 2012. Read more»

Body scanners, which are designed to reveal objects hidden under clothing, have the potential to close a significant security gap for the Transportation Security Administration because metal detectors can't find explosives or ceramic knives, which can be just as sharp as the box cutters that hijackers used on 9/11.

The Transportation Security Administration will have the National Academy of Sciences study the health effects of X-ray body scanners used in airports. Read more»

The Senate last week failed to proceed to debate the Fiscal Year 2011 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes language to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy for gays and lesbians serving in the U.S. military. Read more»

A DREAM Act supporter at a Phoenix protest in May.

Congress is set to consider the DREAM Act in the lame duck session. The bill would provide legal status to undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children provided they meet strict conditions. The bill, supported across the political spectrum, promotes hard work and the notion that you can be successful no matter where you were born or who your parents are. Read more»

Sen. Scott Brown was one of five Republican Senators who broke ranks and kept alive President Obama's $15 billion jobs bill Monday. Read more» 1