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GOP Blocks Bill to Extend Jobless Benefits

Unemployed Americans are facing a bleaker holiday season after Republicans in the House of Representatives thwarted an expedited effort by Democrats to extend jobless benefits into next year. The measure passed by a 258-154 vote, but failed to meet the two-thirds majority required for "fast-track" legislation. Republicans opposed the legislation because it wasn't paid for with unused funds from last year's economic stimulus program.

Lawmakers' Use of Travel Stipends Under Investigation

Congress is questioning six lawmakers over possible misuse of taxpayer dollars meant to pay for overseas travel, The Wall Street Journal reported. The probe is looking into spending by lawmakers including Solomon Ortiz (D., Texas) and Joe Wilson (R., S.C.), The Wall Street Journal reported without naming its sources.