Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., have introduced encryption legislation. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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The Next Encryption Battleground: Congress
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Protesters with a coalition of progressive groups sit in front of the U.S. Capitol steps Monday as part of the Democracy Spring demonstration. Peter Overby/NPR hide caption

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Hundreds Protesting Political System Arrested On Capitol's Steps
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Retiring Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va. — seen here awaiting election results on Nov. 2, 2010 — says he wants to continue work in his soon-to-be-private life to inject more civility in American politics. Ross Taylor/AP hide caption

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House GOP's 2010 Tea Party Class Heads For The Exits
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Director of the National Intelligence James Clapper, seated at the table meets with the Senate Intelligence Committee Feb. 9, including Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C. Burr and the committee's minority leader, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., are working on a bill that would force companies like Apple to help prosecutors unlock the phones of criminal suspects. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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In Apple-FBI Fight, Congress Considers Aggressive And Measured Approaches
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An American flag flies at half-staff outside the U.S. Supreme Court after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. The fight to replace him could be historic, resulting in the longest vacancy in history. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Puerto Rico faces a financial crisis with a debt of $72 billion. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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As Debt Talks Hit An Impasse, What's Next For Puerto Rico?
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Rescuers search through the rubble of the U.S. Marine barracks Oct. 23, 1983, in Beirut, Lebanon, after a suicide truck bombing. The blast — the single deadliest attack on U.S. forces abroad since World War II — killed 241 American service members. The Supreme Court is deciding whether Congress can pass a law compensating the victims, and those of other attacks, using Iranian government funds. Jim Bourdier/AP hide caption

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In Iranian Funds Case, Justices Ponder Extent Of Congressional Influence
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Capitol Hill staffers meditate. Ally Mutnick/NPR hide caption

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Capitol Hill Political Staffers Find Their Zen
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Rep. Mike Quigley, whose Washington, D.C. office doubles as his home away from Chicago, lays his mattress onto the floor before going to sleep. While some see a political benefit, "it's not something I'm thrilled about," Quigley said. "It's just circumstances." MCT via Getty Images hide caption

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Meet The Lawmakers Who Sleep, Shower, Work — All On Capitol Hill
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House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., during his end-of-year news conference. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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AIDS activists poured cat litter on an image of Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli during an October protest in New York. Craig Ruttle/AP hide caption

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Senate Questions 'Egregious' Price Hikes For Specialty Medicines
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U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and Kathryn Sullivan, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, have been tangling for months over the legitimacy of a climate study NOAA scientists published in Science. Drew Angerer/AP; Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Is This Congressman's Oversight An Effort To Hobble Climate Science?
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President Obama attended the plenary session of the international climate conference Monday, just outside Paris. By using regulations instead of treaties, Obama hopes to continue to cut U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases. Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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How Obama Hopes To Achieve U.S. Climate Goals
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House Speaker John Boehner vowed to "clean the barn" before he stepped down. And he's doing just that with a budget deal that also raises the debt ceiling. Robert Giroux/Getty Images hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner has said he wants to "clean the barn" before he leaves Congress. And it appears he's edging closer to a two-year budget deal that would take some pressure off his successor. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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