House leaders from both parties asked a federal judge Wednesday to declare the late-night search of Rep. William Jefferson’s office unconstitutional, a move that could undermine part of a lengthy bribery investigation of the Louisiana Democrat.
The Pentagon is feeling pinched for cash and the Gulf Coast would like more money for hurricane relief. The House and Senate, however, have yet to agree on just how many dollars to include in a bill funding those and other government programs.
The death of al-Qaida in Iraq’s leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, allowed U.S. counterterrorism officials an initial sigh of relief at what they hailed as a significant development, but they quickly cautioned against expecting it to end terror operations or violence in Iraq.
A U.S. Army officer said on Wednesday that fighting in the war in Iraq would make him “party to war crimes” and he would not go.
The Senate voted down a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage on Wednesday, but Republicans planned a vote in the House of Representatives to keep a national spotlight on the hot-button issue.