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Highway Funds in Danger of Running Out


pictureimpressions/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Obama administration is telling Congress that it's either the president's way or funds for highway projects will soon run out.That message is being delivered by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, who is currently on a bus tour of eight states.The Highway Trust Fund is due to be depleted by August. If that happens, states won't have the money for big projects or even much needed repairs and improvements. That situation will of course lead to la

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema Running Boston Marathon to Honor Victims and Survivors


US House of Representatives(WASHINGTON) -- “A marathon is a celebration of life and endurance and the human spirit,” Rep. Kyrsten Sinema says. “Runners are such a tight-knit community. Even if we don’t know each other, we treat each other like friends.”Next week, Sinema, a freshman Democrat from Arizona, will be one of two members of Congress running in the 118th Boston Marathon, joining Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass.“Boston is like the Holy Grail of running ev

Romney Son Takes a Swipe at Harry Reid on Tax Day


Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Almost two years after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid repeated an unsubstantiated report that Mitt Romney did not pay taxes, one of the Romney sons fired back.Josh Romney tweeted a photo of his father standing in line at the post office to mail his tax forms Tuesday evening. Hey @SenatorReid here's a shot of @MittRomney paying taxes. Does it every year. It's how you get your paycheck. pic.twitter.com/DwSMXzYhuR— Josh Romney (@joshromney) April 15

No Executive Action on Immigration Overhaul


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama has no plans to enact unilateral immigration overhaul by executive action, faith leaders from across the country said Obama told them Tuesday.“We did not discuss the need; we did not bring up the issue of the president doing unilateral action,” Luis Cortes, president of  Esperanza, a nonprofit law office serving immigrants, said at a news briefing after the Washington meeting.“We felt it was more important that Congress take

Vice President Biden Applauds Boston's Courage


Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- On the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured more than 200 others, Vice President Joe Biden paid tribute Tuesday to the bravery and courage of survivors and first responders.“In my career I’ve been part of or witnessed some incredible tributes, but I have to say…I’ve never, never, never witnessed a tribute like I’ve heard today,” he said. “You are truly, truly in

Mary Landrieu Draws Criticism for Re-Enacting Congressional Hearing in New Ad


US Senate(WASHINGTON) -- A new campaign ad from Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu is drawing criticism from some conservative groups for using re-enactments of statements that the senator made in an Energy Committee hearing last year.But Landrieu’s campaign is defending the re-enactments as necessary to avoid breaking rules that forbid the use of footage shot by Senate cameras.“It is against Senate ethics rules to use footage that was shot using Senate cameras in campaign ads,” Land

New App Finds 'Virtual' Way to Fix Congress


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Every day it seems a new app hits the market seeking to solve the most benign problems facing the smartphone-wielding masses. But how about a much bigger problem -- like fixing Congress, an institution with an approval rating hovering around 13 percent?“If you want to be able to hold Congress accountable, then you have to know what it is doing,” said Ted Henderson, the creator of Capitol Bells. “Living with the 21st century technology we have, y

Rep. Ron Barber Finally Opens Up About Tucson Shooting


The Office of Congressman Ron Barber(WASHINGTON) -- When shots rang out on April 2 at the Fort Hood military post in Texas, Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., couldn’t help but remember his own experience with gun violence.“That takes me back to the day that the shooting occurred in Tucson back in January of 2011,” Barber told ABC News in a recent interview. “I know from talking to my family afterwards how shocking and just scary that first phone call was.”Barber at the time

POLL: Broad Public Approval for Feds on Boston Bombing Investigation


Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Two-thirds of Americans approve of the federal government’s handling of its investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing, and nearly six in 10 hold a favorable view more generally of the government’s efforts to try to prevent terrorist attacks in the United States. Those results in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll mark unusual majority-positive ratings for government actions -- difficult scores to achieve in

Papers that Published Leaked NSA Files Awarded Pulitzer


Sunshinepress/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Pulitzer Prize committee on Monday gave The Washington Post and The Guardian its award for public service based on coverage of National Security Agency documents leaked to the papers by former government contractor Edward Snowden, who is wanted by the U.S. for espionage.The Post and Guardian were given the Pulitzer for “authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into the larger framework of na

Revised Estimates of Health Care Law Good News for White House


ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- In estimates that bode well for the Obama administration, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported Monday that the Affordable Care Act will cover 25 million Americans over the next decade -- an increase of one million from the initial projection.Perhaps even better for the White House is that the CBO predicts the law will cost $104 billion less during that period than what the agency first predicted.The reason for the revised forecast that works in favor of th

Boehner's GOP Challenger Charges 'Electile Dysfunction' in Video


Ryan Struyk/ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- A new parody video out this week from one of John Boehner’s Republican primary opponents is accusing the House speaker of “electile dysfunction.”In a not-so-subtle spin of Boehner’s last name, Tea Party candidate J.D. Winteregg recruited a team of actors to stage a Cialis-style commercial that takes jabs at everything from Boehner’s smoking habits to his skin color.“Sometimes when a politician has been in DC too long, it goe

Boehner Visits with US Soldiers, Officials in Afghanistan


Official Photo by Michael Steel(WASHINGTON) -- While the U.S. struggles to complete a bilateral security agreement with Afghanistan, House Speaker John Boehner has concluded his first trip there as speaker of the House.Boehner and several other senior GOP members of the U.S. House of Representatives met with American troops, as well as Ambassador James B. Cunningham and General Joseph F. Dunford“The delegation sent a strong, unequivocal message that the House of Representatives wants to ma

Michelle Obama Gets Covered in Stickers


State Dept photo(WASHINGTON) -- A first lady known for her flora and fashion got a little unsolicited help with both Monday from a toddler.On a visit to Fisher House at Walter Reed National Military Center, Michelle Obama became an object for decoration by 20-month-old Lily Oppelt, who covered Obama’s face in floral stickers during an Easter card-making session.Oppelt was one of 14 children, ages 6 months to 8 years old, participating in a pre-Easter celebration when the first lady stopped

Rep. Peter King: US Sporting Events 'Going to be Targets' for Terrorists


US Congress(WASHINGTON) -- With the nation focusing on Boston a year after the marathon was the subject of a bombing attack, chatter among terrorist groups continues to suggest a desire to strike high-profile sporting events in the United States, Rep. Peter King said.“We always have to assume that major sporting events are going to be targets,” King, R-N.Y., told ABC’s Rick Klein and ESPN’s Andy Katz, in an interview for the new podcast series Capital Games.“Now we

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