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  • Senate Intelligence panel votes to make CIA torture report public

    The Senate Intelligence Committee voted to make public a summary of their critical report on the CIA's interrogation tactics used on terror suspects following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The panel voted 11-3 to send the report's 450-page summary and 20 conclusions and findings to the...

  • 65 million American volunteers provide reasons for optimism

    I am an optimist. I believe that America's best days are still to come and today's children will live a life far better than their parents and grandparents. The vast majority of Americans are more pessimistic, and it's easy to understand why. Looking at the behavior and performance of our...

  • Senators urge US to deny visa to Iran ambassador

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty-nine Republican senators have written to President Barack Obama urging him to deny a visa to a former hostage-taker who is Iran's choice for ambassador to the United Nations. The senators said Thursday that the United States should not allow entry to an individual who...

  • Issa sets contempt vote on former IRS official

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Oversight Committee has scheduled a contempt vote for next week on a former Internal Revenue Service official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversy. Lois Lerner directed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt...

  • Jason Chaffetz rips USAID over 'slush fund' to Afghan government

    A U.S. House member from Utah expressed shock Thursday over what he called "lobbying money" paid to the government of Afghanistan in exchange for laws or programs the U.S. government wants but the Afghan government wouldn't otherwise enact. Last year, the U.S. Agency for International...

  • Top Senate Dems still short on gun control votes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a year after the Senate rejected an effort to expand background checks for gun buyers, top Senate Democrats said Thursday that they still lack the votes to successfully revisit the issue. A day after the latest shootings in Fort Hood in Texas, Senate Majority Leader...

  • Bill extends tax breaks for wind farms, filmmakers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Wind farms, NASCAR tracks and filmmakers would keep their treasured tax breaks as part of an $85 billion package of temporary tax cuts passed by a key Senate committee Thursday. Some U.S. firms with foreign income would be winners too after Senate Finance Committee Chairman...

  • House panel to vote on contempt charge for IRS official Lois Lerner next week

    A Republican-led House panel will decide next week whether a former top IRS official should be held in contempt of Congress. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold a vote April 10 to decide whether to find Lois Lerner in contempt. Lerner served as the D.C.-based IRS...

  • John Boehner: Keep guns from mentally ill

    House Speaker John Boehner, reacting to the Fort Hood shooting, said he believes gun laws should prohibit those with mental illness from buying firearms. “There's no question that those with mental health issues should be prevented from owning weapons or being able to purchase weapons,"...

  • Jon Stewart blasts General Motors for faulty ignition switches

    Comedian Jon Stewart highlighted the faulty ignition switches in General Motors vehicles on "The Daily Show" Wednesday night, blasting the company for failing to fix the problems that led to the deaths of at least 13 people.

  • CFPB whistleblower testifies about widespread discrimination at consumer agency

    Rare bipartisanship blossomed at a House Financial Services subcommittee hearing surrounding allegations that a pattern of racial and gender discrimination exists at the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. A CFPB investigator charged that the bureau is a “toxic” workplace for its...

  • Real fight on minimum wage is among Senate Democrats

    As President Obama pitched a federal minimum wage increase in Michigan on Wednesday, Senate Democrats were divided over it, pushing off for a third time a planned vote on legislation that would have increased the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 over three years.

  • House GOP tries to break free from 'obstructionist' label with Paul Ryan budget

    In rolling out his fourth spending proposal as House Budget Committee chairman, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan returned to a familiar Republican theme -- one that underscores a political vulnerability and reveals a lingering frustration. Particularly on the issue of health care, but also on jobs,...

  • Senate jobless benefits bill advances slowly

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to resurrect benefits for the long-term unemployed took an essential step Wednesday toward likely Senate approval, despite complaints from Republicans that Democrats refuse to allow changes designed to stimulate job creation. The vote was 61-38, one more than the...

  • DCCC chair Steve Israel: Paul Ryan's budget will be 'defining issue' in midterms

    On the heels of a new federal budget plan unveiled Tuesday by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Steve Israel is predicting the proposal "will be the defining issue in the midterm elections."



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