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WASHINGTON (AP) - Following through on a threat, House Republicans on Tuesday proposed cutting the State Department's budget to protest its slow response in producing documents related to the investigation of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
BONN, Germany (AP) - The global climate agreement being negotiated this year must be worded in such a way that it doesn't require approval by the U.S. Congress, the French foreign minister said Monday.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez cites arguments the government made in its case against a former Alaska U.S. senator for why his corruption trial should be in Washington.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers expressed frustration Tuesday over the progress of a recall of millions of defective air bags, pointing out that it's still unclear what's causing the air bags to rupture, which vehicles need repairs and whether replacement air bags are truly safe.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has signed into law the USA Freedom Act, which extends three expiring surveillance provisions of the 9/11-era USA Patriot Act. It also overhauls the most controversial provision, which had been interpreted to allow bulk collection of U.S. phone records by the National Security Agency.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, generally seen as a master congressional deal-maker, walked into a legislative dead end on domestic surveillance that left some of his friends bewildered.
The 77-17 roll call on Sunday by which the Senate voted to move ahead and consider the House-passed bill to extend parts of the Patriot Act.
CHICAGO (AP) - The federal indictment of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is as notable for the details it excludes as for the allegations that the longtime high school teacher and wrestling coach agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to an unidentified person from his past.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) sided with Republican defense hawks Tuesday in voting against a bill that would curtail the federal government’s...
WASHINGTON (AP) - After several near-death experiences in the Senate, the trade agenda that President Barack Obama is pushing as a second term capstone faces its biggest hurdle yet in the more polarized House.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Following through on a threat, House Republicans on Tuesday proposed cutting the State Department's budget to protest its slow response in producing documents related to the investigation of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The former deputy CIA director made a series of factual misstatements while defending the agency's harsh treatment of detainees in his recent book, Senate intelligence committee staffers assert in a 54-page document filed with citations from CIA records.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers expressed frustration Tuesday over the progress of a recall of millions of defective air bags, pointing out that it's still unclear what's causing the air bags to rupture, which vehicles need repairs and whether replacement air bags are truly safe.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has signed into law the USA Freedom Act, which extends three expiring surveillance provisions of the 9/11-era USA Patriot Act. It also overhauls the most controversial provision, which had been interpreted to allow bulk collection of U.S. phone records by the National Security Agency.
WASHINGTON - Members of Congress pointedly questioned federal rail investigators Tuesday over why they still don't know whether the engineer operating Amtrak Train 188 was using his cellphone when it crashed in Philadelphia on May 12.
Amid an ongoing federal probe of the longtime congressman, a website called Crowdpac is recruiting candidates to run against him. Can a political Kickstarter work?
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez cites arguments the government made in its case against a former Alaska U.S. senator for why his corruption trial should be in Washington.
BONN, Germany (AP) - The global climate agreement being negotiated this year must be worded in such a way that it doesn't require approval by the U.S. Congress, the French foreign minister said Monday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - It would be premature for the House to probe whether former Speaker Dennis Hastert committed any wrongdoing while still in office, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Monday.
Sen. Pat Toomey has taken his defense of police to the White House. After delivering an unannounced, pro-police speech on the Senate floor two weeks ago, the Pennsylvania Republican on Thursday sent a letter to President Obama calling for an end to the newly announced ban on transferring military-grade weapons to local police departments - and saying that the task force which recommended the change had made "insulting" assumptions about police.