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Congress: Ensign's exit

“Sen. John Ensign on Monday capped off a 15-year Congressional career with a speech to a nearly empty Senate chamber, striking notes alternately apologetic and defensive,” Roll Call writes.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) criticized the decision to bury bin Laden’s body at sea. "To me, that didn't make a lot of sense," Graham said during an interview with conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham. The Hill points out that he “was buried at sea within 24 hours of his death in accordance with Islamic law.”

“A Senate vote on the House budget resolution authored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) “probably” won’t happen this week, a Democratic aide told The Hill on Monday.”

“A GOP bill to cut off funding for part of the healthcare reform law could ultimately shift decision-making power from the states to the federal government, Democrats and nonpartisan analysts say,” The Hill reports. “The bill, scheduled for a House floor vote Tuesday, would eliminate grants to help the states establish health insurance exchanges. But it wouldn’t strip the federal government’s power to run an exchange in any state that doesn’t set up its own.”