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October 8, 2015

House GOP SNAFU Worries Democratic Leaders

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Updated 4:44 p.m. | With the debt limit deadline and bipartisan budget negotiations approaching, Democratic leaders expressed concern Thursday over the House GOP’s delayed leadership elections.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid spoke of the “utter chaos” of the Republican Party following California Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s decision to drop out of the race to replace outgoing Speaker John A. Boehner.

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October 7, 2015

Dingell to Undergo Second Heart Procedure (Updated)

UNITED STATES - JULY 29: Former Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., wields the gavel he used when he presided over the vote to pass Medicare in 1965 during the House Democrats' event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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Updated 3:51 p.m. | Former Rep. John D. Dingell is in good spirits following a heart procedure, but will remain in the hospital and undergo a second procedure.

The retired lawmaker’s wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell, who succeeded him in Congress to representing Michigan’s 12th District, tweeted Tuesday evening that the congressman was resting comfortably following the procedure and was his usual “grouchy self.”

According to the congresswoman’s office, the angiogram at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit confirmed the former Dean of the House did not have a silent heart attack. He will undergo a second procedure Friday to implant a new device.

“Both of us deeply appreciate the prayers and good wishes. They mean a lot,” she said.

The 89-year-old took to his Twitter account Wednesday for some typical levity.

He is expected to remain in the hospital for a few more days.

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By Cameron Easley Posted at 3:35 p.m.

April 17, 2014

Staffer Accused of Leaking ‘Kissing Congressman’ Video Resigns, Report Says

The staffer accused of leaking video of Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., passionately kissing another staff member at his office has resigned, according to the Monroe News Star.

The congressman’s hometown newspaper reported late Wednesday that the staffer in question, Monroe District Office Manager Leah Gordon, submitted her resignation.

McAllister’s chief of staff, Adam Terry, told the Star that Gordon was not fired.

“We won’t terminate or discipline any employee until after our internal investigation of the security breach is complete,” Terry said.

The Louisiana congressman has kept a low profile since the video of him kissing Melissa Peacock, a married staffer, was leaked to the local press in early April. His communications director has said the congressman is spending the recess with his family but plans to return to Congress later this month, when the House reconvenes on April 28.

Many GOP leaders have called for his resignation.  Peacock resigned earlier this month.

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By Cameron Easley Posted at 12:20 p.m.

December 9, 2013

Kuster Declines Benghazi Talk at Constituents’ Forum on Middle East (Video)

Some constituents of House Democrat Ann McLane Kuster expressed frustration during a community meeting last month after she refused to speak about last year’s deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Video captured from a Nov. 25 meeting with the New Hampshire lawmaker at the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire in Manchester shows a slightly contentious exchange during a question-and-answer session on Middle East relations. Full story

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