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Ilhan Omar. Black woman wearing a gold turban and gold top standing in front of a cluster of mics.

Rep. Ilhan Omar Claps Back at Alabama GOP

Omar to the Republicans seeking to have her removed from office: “If you want to clean up politics, maybe don’t nominate an accused child molester as your Senate candidate?”

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New Comic Book Stars Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a Superhero

The first-year Congress member and the “Freshman Force” are poised to take down Washington, D.C.

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House Democrats Prepare Bill to Counter Restrictive Immigration Policies

The measure is expected to increase federal resources to meet the needs of refugees.

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Senate Rejects Bill That Would Send Relief Money to Puerto Rico

Democrats say the bills aid package is another sign of Republican disregard for the island.

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Congress Must Pass Raise the Wage Act, Secure Better Future for Women [Op-Ed]

As the world celebrates International Women’s Day, Saru Jayaraman and Destiny Lopez connect the dots between securing increased pay for women earning a tipped wage and improved access to reproductive health care.

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Congress Investigates EPA For Refusing NASA's Help After Hurricane Harvey

The space agency offered to assess air pollution caused by the storm—and was essentially told No, thank you.

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House Dems Pen Resolution Rebuking Rep. Ilhan Omar's Criticism of Pro-Israel Lobbies

Activists and supporters say the congressperson is being unfairly targeted for being a Black Muslim woman.

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House Passes Two Major Gun Control Laws for First Time in Almost 25 Years

One measure calls for background checks for all gun purchasers; the other gives officials more time to complete those background checks.

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Congress Advances Significant Gun Control Legislation

The House Committee on the Judiciary just passed a measure that would require background checks for all gun sales in the United States.

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WATCH: Rashida Tlaib on Why All Legislation Must Protect LGBTQ Rights

The new member of Congress spoke at the National LGBT Task Force’s Creating Change Conference.

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Representative Lucy McBath Co-Sponsors Legislation to Curb Gun Violence

McBath, the mother of slain teen Jordan Davis: For my son, my family and the countless others impacted by gun violence—we will fix this broken system.

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A Shimmer of Political Hope From Today's Newly Sworn-In Congress

The 116th Congress includes many historic firsts and progressive women.

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Bernie Sanders Introduces Bill to Dismantle Money Bail System

Bill supporter Color of Change: “When taxpayers foot the bill for needlessly locking up poor people before trial, the government is essentially subsidizing a racist, unnecessary and outright dangerous industry.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Socialist Latina From the Bronx, Ousts 10-Term Representative

The Bronx-born and raised organizer is on track to represent her community in the House of Representatives—and become the youngest woman to ever serve in Congress.

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New Legislation Aims to Prevent the Next Flint Water Crisis

Representatives Keith Ellison and Ro Khanna introduced The WATER Act on the fourth anniversary of the day Flint’s water woes began.

Senate Rejects Ban on Abortions After 20 Weeks

“This vote served as a useless exercise to unsuccessfully undermine the rights of pregnant individuals.”

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REPORT: U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Challenges Congress to Tackle Inequity in America's Schools

“School finance inequity is a standard feature of American public schooling and low-income students and students of color disproportionately live its consequences.”

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John Conyers Jr. Resigns From Congress Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims

The “dean” of the House maintains that the allegations leveled against him are false.

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These Tax Calculators Break Down How You'll Fare If Trump Gets His Way

Also: What’s next for the tax reform bill?

House Passes Bill Banning Abortions After 20 Weeks

It’s unlikely to pass in the Senate.