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Senator Dianne Feinstein: CIA illegally searched computers in Congress over interrogation report

A senior US senator on Tuesday accused the Central Intelligence Agency of illegally searching computers of Senate staff members who were investigating a CIA interrogation program. Dianne Feinstein, the powerful chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, angrily denounced the CIA’s actions, saying it appeared to be a bid to intimidate…

‘Rebuilding our broken budget process’: Senate advances bipartisan budget agreement

The Senate advanced a bipartisan budget deal Tuesday, virtually assuring passage of a bill that sets spending caps for the next two years and reduces prospects of a US government shutdown in 2014. The bill, which cleared a Senate procedural hurdle with a bipartisan 67-33 vote and has already won…

First test of Senate’s ‘nuclear option’ voting rules set for Tuesday

Is Harry Reid fueling Senate’s escalating ‘arms war’? (via The Christian Science Monitor) President Obama announces three nominees, including Patricia Millett (r.), to fill vacancies on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in Washington this June. Judge Millett is expected to be confirmed Monday after…

Senate’s defense bill would allow Guantanamo Bay to finally close

The US Senate debated a defense bill Tuesday that would ease restrictions on detainee transfers from Guantanamo, a major first step toward closing the controversial war-on-terror prison. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the provision should be the first measure debated and voted on in the defense spending bill for…

Democrats incensed after GOP blocks Obama federal court nominee

Democrats call for rule change and say move broke informal agreement between parties Democrats threatened a major constitutional showdown over Senate filibuster rules on Tuesday after Republicans blocked a third successive woman nominated to sit on a federal appeals court. Nina Pillard, a Georgetown law professor, would have been only…

GOP congressman: Everything in the House should be about winning back the Senate

Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) said Tuesday that House Republicans should have a single goal: Help the GOP take back the Senate. “Everything we do in this body should be about messaging to win back the Senate,” Sessions, the former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee and current chairman of…

Battle to end anti-LGBT job discrimination gets a boost in Senate

Procedural vote to move to a debate on the ENDA bill, viewed as a key test of support for the bill, passed the Senate by 61 votes to 30 A landmark bill that would ban workplace discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender people passed a key vote in the US…

Mexican senate approves new taxes on junk food and soda

Mexico’s Senate passed a vast fiscal reform on Thursday to increase the government’s lackluster tax revenue through new levies on higher earners, junk food and soda. The reform was championed by President Enrique Pena Nieto to boost government coffers in order to invest in infrastructure and create a universal social…

Senate rejects House Republicans demand for a conference

The US Senate on Tuesday rejected a House demand to negotiate a budget compromise aimed at ending the day-old government shutdown, leaving lawmakers envisioning no quick solution to the crisis. After a series of back-and-forth bills yielded no progress Monday in the frantic hours before federal agencies began closing their…

WATCH LIVE: Senate reconvenes as government shutdown looms

The Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate on Monday will consider a House bill that funds the governments but delays the Affordable Care Act. Watch live video, courtesy of NBC News, below:…

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