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July 28, 2014

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    Republican Mark Amodei speaks at a victory party in Reno on Tuesday after defeating Democrat Kate Marshall in a special election for Nevada's 2nd Congressional District. Amodei's daughters Erin, left, and Ryanne were among the supporters on hand.

    Rep. Mark Amodei’s bill shows Nevada needs Congress’ OK to do anything with its land
    Washington Memo:
    Published July 25, 2014, Updated July 25, 2014 | 11 a.m.
    Much of Congress’ attention this week was on the Veterans Affairs Department, from picking its new leader to trying to agree on a health care reform bill before the August recess. Sen. Dean Heller, a Republican, voted with his ...
  • In this Nov. 13, 2013, file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.
    Arizona’s John McCain: Inmate’s execution was torture
    July 25, 2014
    U.S. Sen. John McCain says the execution of an Arizona inmate that lasted two hours was torture. The Republican who represents the conservative state told Politico that ...
  • Rendering of the proposed MLS stadium in downtown Las Vegas.
    With a $29 million funding gap, Las Vegas works to pull together Major League Soccer bid
    July 25, 2014
    Developers proposing a $201 million Major League Soccer stadium must first plug a $29 million funding gap and reduce the taxpayers' share of the project's costs, according to city officials and records obtained by the Las Vegas Sun. The records show that the city of Las Vegas ...
  • Ex-Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks, holds his arms up as he is arrested, Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Victorville, Calif. Brooks led police on a chase from Barstow, Calif., until his tires were spiked in Victorville, Calif. Brooks was arrested on charges including resisting arrest and throwing objects, just hours after he became the first lawmaker ever expelled from the Nevada Legislature.
    Ex-Nevada lawmaker sentenced to time served in California chase
    July 25, 2014
    A former Nevada lawmaker who led California police on a high-speed chase on the day he was expelled from the state Assembly was ordered to two years and eight months in prison, although a judge ruled he's already fulfilled his sentence. Steven Brooks was...
  • House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., center, is seen with Guatemalan President Otto Molina, right, and Honduran President Juan Hernández on Thursday, July 24, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Obama administration is weighing giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday.
    U.S. weighs refugee status for youth from Honduras
    July 24, 2014
    The Obama administration is weighing giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the ...
  • ‘Gestapo’ BLM officers decried in House hearing
    July 24, 2014
  • In this Feb. 11, 2014, file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., right, and his son Michael leave the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, after a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony with Vice President Joe Biden.
    U.S. senator accused of plagiarism in thesis
    July 24, 2014
    Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid an investigation into whether he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and ...
  • North Las Vegas interim city manager Qiong Liu outside City Hall on July 21, 2014.
    Once teetering toward insolvency, North Las Vegas has a new executive who’s prepared for tough decisions
    July 24, 2014
    New North Las Vegas interim City Manager Qiong Liu isn’t afraid of a challenge. Liu left behind a lucrative engineering career in the private sector to work in government because she wanted to solve problems that affect people’s daily lives. She’ll have plenty of problems to address in her new role as North Las Vegas’ top executive. Only a few months ago...
  • President Barack Obama walks down the stairs of Air Force One upon his arrival at San Francisco International Airport on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
    This time, Obama fundraising is a bit of 'Scandal'
    July 23, 2014
    Fact met fiction Wednesday in one of those Hollywood ways: The real-life president of the United States complains about "phony scandals" in the presence of the producer and the star of a hit TV drama about indignity and dishonor among Washington's political elite. Fundraising in Beverly Hills, President Barack Obama ...
  • This April 29, 2014, file photo shows House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington.
    House, Senate advance competing border proposals
    July 23, 2014
    At an impasse on immigration, House Republicans and Senate Democrats advanced competing proposals Wednesday for dealing with tens of thousands of young migrants showing up at the southern border. Each side quickly ruled the other's approach unacceptable, leaving ...
  • Dina Titus stands up for military working dogs
    July 23, 2014
    There are a lot of niche issues for lawmakers to champion in Congress. Rep. Dina Titus, a Las Vegas Democrat, chose a particularly fluffy one today. In between votes and media interviews, Titus...
  • Vice President Joe Biden, right, shakes hands with NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks at the NAACP annual convention Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Las Vegas.
    In typical Joe Biden style, vice president rallies Democrats, drops one-liners
    July 23, 2014
    Vice President Joe Biden stumped for Las Vegas Democrats running in highly contested elections during a Democratic rally today at the Henderson Convention Center. Biden spoke in front of...
  • Vice President Joe Biden, right, shakes hands with NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks at the NAACP annual convention Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Las Vegas.
    Biden decries voting restrictions in Las Vegas NAACP address
    July 23, 2014
    Vice President Joe Biden urged the NAACP on Wednesday to spread the word about what he called "a hailstorm" of measures to restrict citizens' ability to vote, trying to rally the Democratic Party's base before ...
  • Vice President Joe Biden addresses the League of United Latin American Citizens convention Thursday, June 20, 2013.
    What Joe Biden’s visit to Las Vegas says about Nevada Democrats
    July 23, 2014
    The Democrats don’t have a big-name candidate for governor. But they do have Vice President Joe Biden. Today, 102 days before the Nov. 4 election day, Biden will be the second national party leader to visit Las Vegas in three days to rally Democrats for key races in the state. The political season usually heats up after ...
  • David Perdue waves to supporters after declaring victory in the Republican primary runoff for nomination to the U.S. Senate from Georgia, at his election-night party in Atlanta, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Perdue defeated Rep. Jack Kingston.
    Perdue defeats Kingston in Georgia Senate runoff
    July 22, 2014
    Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston in the Republican runoff for Georgia's U.S. Senate nomination, setting up a matchup against Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn that will help determine which party controls the Senate for ...
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