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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2004, file photo, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks at a news conference in Washington at the State Department. A document circulating among White House staff says a Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept Powell and some U.S. ambassadors in the dark about harsh techniques and secret prisons. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

CIA spied on Senate, internal review finds

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA’s insistence that it did not spy on its Senate overseers collapsed Thursday with the release of a stark report by the agency’s internal watchdog documenting improper computer surveillance and […]

07/31/2014

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GOP move to expel senator fails to gain traction

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A state Senate committee will not consider a Republican resolution seeking to expel a Democrat awaiting sentencing on perjury and voter fraud charges. Majority Democrats sent the resolution to the Senate […]

03/12/2014

Suspended California State Senator Ron Calderon (AP Photo)

California lawmaker accused of corruption on leave

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California Senate spokesman says a state lawmaker facing federal corruption charges will take an indefinite leave of absence from the Legislature while awaiting trial. Mark Hedlund, spokesman for President Pro […]

03/02/2014

In this Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 file photo an ambulance leaves the site of an explosion after a bomb blast tore through the trolleybus, background, in the city of Volgograd. A series of unexplained killings in southern Russia involving booby-trapped bombs has further heightened security fears ahead of next month's Winter Olympics in Sochi. A spokesman for Russia's main investigative agency, said in a statement that no motive had yet been found for killings on Wednesday Jan. 8, 2014 on the outskirts of Pyatigorsk, which is the center of an administrative district created in 2010 to coordinate efforts to combat the insurgency. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin, File)

Russian Islamic video threatens Sochi Olympics

MOSCOW (AP) — An Islamic militant group in Russia’s North Caucasus claimed responsibility Sunday for twin suicide bombings in the southern city of Volgograd last month and posted a video threatening to strike the 2014 […]

01/19/2014

US Secret Service seal

Report: No evidence of widespread problems at Secret Service

WASHINGTON (AP) — There is no evidence of widespread misconduct within the Secret Service, according to a Homeland Security Department inspector general’s report. The 145-page report was issued Friday, more than 18 months after the […]

12/20/2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., center, is pursued by reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Dec. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Senate’s leader Reid in hospital for observation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was hospitalized early Friday after feeling unwell and undergoing tests that revealed nothing wrong, his spokesman said. “Everything is normal,” Adam Jentleson, Reid’s press secretary, said in […]

12/20/2013

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, accompanied by Senate Budget Committee Chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/ Scott Applewhite, File)

Budget bill moves toward final passage in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan budget bill that would ease some but not all of painful budget cuts that would otherwise slam the Pentagon and domestic agencies passed a pivotal test in the Senate on […]

12/17/2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., center, is pursued by reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Dec. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Gridlock in the Senate, progress in the House

WASHINGTON (AP) — A budget agreement between key Republicans and Democrats. Even President Barack Obama was on board. All without anyone threatening to repeal this or shut down that. Gridlock, however briefly, took an early […]

12/12/2013

Senator’s chief of staff home searched in investigation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander said Wednesday he has placed his chief of staff on leave after learning the staffer’s home was being searched as part of a child pornography investigation. In […]

12/11/2013

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, discusses the unfinished work of Congress and the struggle for Republican and Democratic budget negotiators to reach a compromise, at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. She is joined by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Md., left, and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., the ranking member of the House Budget Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Budget deal? Big obstacles, New Year’s deadline

WASHINGTON (AP) — With hopes of a “grand bargain” long gone, congressional negotiators now are seeking a more modest deal before year-end to ease the automatic spending cuts that are squeezing both the Pentagon and […]

12/05/2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks at the center for American Progress Action Fund in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Reid considering change to nominations rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that he’s considering changing his chamber’s rules to make it harder for minority Republicans to block President Barack Obama’s nominations, a warning shot that suggested […]

11/19/2013

Senate OKs gay rights bill banning discrimination

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reflecting Americans’ increasing acceptance of gays, the Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would bar workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Gay rights advocates hailed the bipartisan, 64-32 vote […]

11/07/2013

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