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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Ky. listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Senate propels stopgap spending bill to keep government open

WASHINGTON — Having dodged the immediate threat of a government shutdown, congressional…

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Ky. listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. According to GOP lawmakers, Boehner to step down end of October. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Speaker Boehner stuns Congress, announces resignation

WASHINGTON — In a stunning move, House Speaker John Boehner informed fellow…

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. According to GOP lawmakers, Boehner to step down end of October. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
Pope Francis shakes hands with school children as he departs the Apostolic Nunciature, the Vatican's diplomatic mission in the heart of Washington, en route Andrews Air Force Base, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015.  (Cliff Owen/AP)

Pope, after blunt talk to Congress, thanks nuns in New York

NEW YORK — Pope Francis plunged into the melting pot of New…

Pope Francis shakes hands with school children as he departs the Apostolic Nunciature, the Vatican's diplomatic mission in the heart of Washington, en route Andrews Air Force Base, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015.  (Cliff Owen/AP)
The September vote on the Iran nuclear deal is billed as a titanic standoff between President Barack Obama and Congress. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Obama can do Iran nuclear deal even if Congress disapproves

WASHINGTON — The September vote on the Iran nuclear deal is billed…

The September vote on the Iran nuclear deal is billed as a titanic standoff between President Barack Obama and Congress. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
Jim Steinle, father of Kathryn Steinle, killed on a San Francisco Pier by a man previously deported several times, testiifies a Senate Judiciary hearing in Washington, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Steinle told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Congress should push forward with efforts to close legal loopholes that currently allow local authorities to decide if they will cooperate with federal immigration authorities.   (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Father of woman killed at SF pier urges immigration changes

The family of a California woman shot and killed while walking along…

Jim Steinle, father of Kathryn Steinle, killed on a San Francisco Pier by a man previously deported several times, testiifies a Senate Judiciary hearing in Washington, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Steinle told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Congress should push forward with efforts to close legal loopholes that currently allow local authorities to decide if they will cooperate with federal immigration authorities.   (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Homeland chief: Gyrocopter came in 'under the radar'

The gyrocopter that landed on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol "apparently…

AP Photo/Manuel Balce CenetaA Capitol Police officer on bike

Q&A: Who is this flying mailman with a message for Congress?

Many questions surround the political stunt of a postal worker charged Thursday…

AP Photo/Manuel Balce CenetaA Capitol Police officer on bike
A small device resembling a helicopter is seen on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington

Small aircraft lands on Capitol lawn; pilot in custody

Police arrested a man who steered his tiny, one-person helicopter onto the…

A small device resembling a helicopter is seen on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington
John Minchillo/AP File PhotoTwo members of Congress have asked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to clarify whether teams can lose draft picks if they do not properly address domestic violence.

2 members of Congress write Goodell about domestic violence

WASHINGTON — Two members of Congress have asked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell…

John Minchillo/AP File PhotoTwo members of Congress have asked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to clarify whether teams can lose draft picks if they do not properly address domestic violence.
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House plans to extend tax breaks through December

The House is moving Wednesday to extend a massive package of expired…

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AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteDefense Secretary Chuck Hagel

Top general: US ground troops possible in Iraq

American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in…

AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteDefense Secretary Chuck Hagel
AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteRep. James P. McGovern

House OKs bill for crisis on US-Mexico border

The House has approved a $694 million bill to address the crisis…

AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteRep. James P. McGovern
Pablo Martinez Monsivais/APNCAA President Mark Emmert was grilled Wednesday by a Senate subcommittee about the state of major-college athletics.

NCAA president calls for ‘scholarships for life’

WASHINGTON -- NCAA President Mark Emmert told a Senate committee Wednesday he…

Pablo Martinez Monsivais/APNCAA President Mark Emmert was grilled Wednesday by a Senate subcommittee about the state of major-college athletics.
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Clay Aiken announces run for Congress

Clay Aiken for Congress? Yep, the “American Idol” and “Celebrity Apprentice” runner-up…

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AP Photo/Larry Downing

Obama vows to flex presidential powers in speech

Seeking to energize his sluggish second term, President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday…

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Gay rights bill heads for first hurdle in Senate

The Senate prepared to push a major, anti-bias gay rights bill past…

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Mike Koozmin/2013 S.F. Examiner file photoA patient sits on her bed in a section of The Mental Health Association of San Mateo reserved for patients with schizophrenia or similar diagnoses.

Federal budget squabbles wound homeless shelters

Peninsula homeless shelters are feeling squeezed by federal budget cuts. Samaritan House…

Mike Koozmin/2013 S.F. Examiner file photoA patient sits on her bed in a section of The Mental Health Association of San Mateo reserved for patients with schizophrenia or similar diagnoses.

President Obama’s call for marriage rights can’t be ignored

The word “gay” came out of the closet during President Barack Obama’s…

California leads all the states in outside spending during and election.

California is key to Congress wars

California, once an afterthought in the battle for control of Congress, has…

California leads all the states in outside spending during and election.
S.F. Examiner File PhotoMelissa Griffin’s column runs each Thursday and Sunday. She also appears Mondays in “Mornings with Melissa” at 6:45 a.m. on KPIX (Ch. 5). Email her at mgriffin@sfexaminer.com.

State law is immutable (except when it’s not)

At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, the subject of the day was…

S.F. Examiner File PhotoMelissa Griffin’s column runs each Thursday and Sunday. She also appears Mondays in “Mornings with Melissa” at 6:45 a.m. on KPIX (Ch. 5). Email her at mgriffin@sfexaminer.com.