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U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss urges White House to declassify info on exchanged Gitmo prisoners | VIDEO & POLL

Five Afghan nationals labeled as high-risk were sent to Qatar in exchange for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss says President Barack Obama should explain why the five prisoners were being held, what was found in their annual reviews by the administration and the risks associated with their release.

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U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop concerned over potential impact of new carbon emission rules

Enviornmental regulations also should take into account the economic impact, congressman says

U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop said he has asked the EPA to extend the commenting period on its new carbon emission regulations for 120 days to give all sides a chance to give their views on the rules and their impact.

Florida commuter accused of shutting down motorists' cell phones

The FCC has proposed a $48,000 fine

A Florida commuter is in hot water with the FCC to the tune of a $48,000 fine after authorities accuse him of routinely shutting down cell phones on a Florida stretch of Interstate highway with a jamming device.

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Two inmates killed, 100-150 inmates and guards hurt in North Florida jail explosion

The explosion partly leveled the four-story Escambia County, Fla., jail

About 600 inmates were being held in the jail before the 11 p.m. event that authorities believe was caused by a natural gas explosion.

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Georgia congressional delegation reacts to debt ceiling vote

In the House, the nine GOP representatives from Georgia opposed the continuing resolution Wednesday that raised the debt limit for the federal government.

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Affordable Care Act luncheon focuses on business impact

The Afforable Care Act is designed to make significant changes to the health care system, and potentially to how employers provide health care coverage to employees.

Capitol lockdown is lifted

Capitol lockdown is lifted

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Rep. Sanford Bishop issues statement in regard to shutdown

Congressman says American people have a right to be mighty fed up.

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Rep. Austin Scott wants to hold Congress' salaries during shutdown

Rep. Austin Scott, R-Augusta today announced he has signed onto the Government Shutdown Fairness Act (H.R. 3160), which would prohibit Members of Congress from receiving a salary during a government shutdown.

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New delays hit Obamacare rollout before October 1 launch

The U.S. government on Thursday announced new delays in rolling out President Barack Obama's healthcare reform

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USDA aims to make school meals more tasty

Stung by “tastes like vomit” critiques from some students, the USDA looks to make school meals more palatable.

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MLK's 'Dream' speech celebrated

America is struggling to fully realize the vision that civil rights leader Martin Luther King described in his famous "I have a dream" speech 50 years ago, as the goal of economic security for all remains elusive, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday.

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Manning, sentenced for disclosing military secrets, says he's female

Bradley Manning, sentenced to 35 years in military prison for the biggest breach of classified U.S. documents in U.S. history, said in a statement today he is female and wants to live as a woman named Chelsea.

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At tribute to Chambliss, a call for bipartisanship gone largely unanswered

Outgoing Sen. Saxby Chambliss talked at a tribute in his honor Monday of bridge-building and bipartisanship. Republicans competing for his seat offered a sharp contrast.

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Guardian says British government forced destruction of Snowden materials

British authorities forced the Guardian newspaper to destroy material leaked by Edward Snowden, its editor has revealed, calling it a "pointless" move that would not prevent further reporting on U.S. and British surveillance programs.