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Emboldened House conservatives planning next steps

 Conservatives emboldened by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s astonishing loss to a tea party-backed upstart are pledging to capitalize on their newfound political strength. That is setting up election-year struggles over Congress’ most basic legislative responsibilities and erasing already slim hopes for ambitious bills on immigration and voting rights. Cantor’s presence in the leadership ranks

California Democrats, beset by two scandals, propose ethics reforms

California Democrats, whose supermajority in the state legislature was effectively lost after two party lawmakers were either indicted or convicted of criminal wrongdoing, proposed a sweeping package of ethics reforms on Thursday. The proposal comes against a backdrop of renewed focus on ethics in the legislature of the most populous U.S. state after California state