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Terrorist interrogations report fuels CIA-Senate spat

Terrorist interrogations report fuels CIA-Senate spat

If senators vote this week to release key sections of a voluminous report on terrorist interrogations, an already strained relationship between lawmakers and the CIA could become even more rancorous, and President Barack Obama might have to step into the fray. The Senate Intelligence Committee hopes that by publishing a 400-page summary of its contentious […]

Biden to Congress: ‘Step up and stop homophobia’

Biden to Congress: ‘Step up and stop homophobia’

Vice President Joe Biden called on Congress Saturday to pass a measure to outlaw workplace discrimination against gays, saying it’s outrageous that the country is even debating the subject. Speaking to supporters of the gay advocacy group Human Rights Campaign on Saturday, Biden said it’s “close to barbaric” that in some states, employees can be […]

A widening rift between the Senate and CIA

A widening rift between the Senate and CIA

The standoff between the CIA and the Senate Intelligence Committee at its core is a battle over who owns the official history of one of the darkest eras in American spying — the brutal interrogations of al-Qaida prisoners in “black site” prisons abroad. The rift has bared long-standing institutional failures and simmering tensions between the […]

Rep. Dingell slated to undergo heart procedure

Rep. Dingell slated to undergo heart procedure

Michigan Democrat John Dingell, the longest serving member in the history of the U.S. Congress, will undergo a minimally invasive procedure to correct an abnormal heart rhythm, his office said Thursday in a statement. Dingell, 87, who joined Congress in 1955, announced in February that he would retire from the U.S. House of Representatives after […]

House GOP: Obama is running amok. Let’s sue him

House GOP:  Obama is running amok. Let’s sue him

Casting Barack Obama as a president run amok, the House voted on Wednesday for a bill that would expedite congressional lawsuits against the chief executive for failure to enforce federal laws. The vote was 233-181 in the Republican-led House as GOP lawmakers excoriated Obama for multiple changes to his 4-year-old health care law, steps he’s […]