Congress

Under new bill, states would report police-triggered deaths to attorney general

Spurred by the Ferguson shooting and other recent cases of deadly encounters involving police, Congress in its final hours of work for the year passed legislation requiring states to report deaths of people arrested or detained by police to the attorney general. | 12/11/14 21:03:30 By - By CHUCK RAASCH

GOP, Obama stop liberal revolt, push through budget to avert shutdown

Overcoming strong objections from liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans, the House of Representatives passed a $1.1 trillion spending package late Thursday, funding most of the federal government through September with hours to spare before the government was scheduled to run out of money. | 12/11/14 21:50:42 By - By William Douglas

Congressional staffers walk out to protest deaths of Garner, Brown

Dozens of congressional staff members walked off the job Thursday afternoon in Washington to protest the lack of indictments in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. | 12/11/14 19:23:31 By - By LAUREN RAAB

‘Cromnibus’ in trouble? House vote delayed

Is the ‘Cromnibus’ crumbling? The House of Representatives was set to vote Thursday on the massive $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the federal government and avoid a shutdown, but abruptly went into recess. | 12/11/14 17:06:18 By - By William Douglas

‘Cromnibus’ bill gets hairy with defense department

The $1.1 trillion ‘cromnibus’ spending bill that Congress will vote on this week deals with weighty matters of war and peace, health and immigration - and hair styles? | 12/11/14 06:20:04 By - By William Douglas

CIA, Senate Democrats feud over torture report for a second day

The battle between the CIA and Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats raged at full force Wednesday, one day after the release of a damning report on the spy agency’s post-9/11 interrogation program. | 12/10/14 19:01:01 By - By David Lightman and Anita Kumar

Udall says CIA is lying

“The CIA is lying.” | 12/10/14 15:16:07 By - By David Lightman

‘A deeper anguish, an unfinished American business,’ Booker says of protests

Sen. Cory Booker got personal and passionate Wednesday as he told the Senate the nationwide protests over police treatment of black suspects "is a reflection of a deeper anguish, an unfinished American business that has lasted for decades." | 12/10/14 13:19:29 By - By David Lightman

Congressional leaders reach deal on ‘cromnibus’

House of Representatives and Senate leaders reached agreement Tuesday night on a $1.1 trillion spending bill that will keep most of the federal government funded through September 2015 and avert a government shutdown this week. | 12/10/14 07:09:05 By - By William Douglas

Congress negotiators agree on spending bill to avoid shutdown

Pushing a tight deadline to prevent a federal shutdown, negotiators in Congress reached agreement late Tuesday on a $1 trillion bill to fund the government - but not before stuffing it with extras that drew deep opposition from both parties. | 12/09/14 23:23:48 By - By LISA MASCARO

CIA torture report is likely to gather dust in Congress

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report Tuesday on the CIA’s use of torture is unlikely to trigger major policy changes or even official introspection, but it ignited a new uncivil war of words between Republicans and Democrats in Congress that’s likely to last through the 2016 election campaign. | 12/09/14 18:29:06 By - By David Lightman

Senator says 'bad journalism' in Rolling Stone a 'setback' for campus rape victims

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said Tuesday that "bad journalism" in Rolling Stone magazine about an alleged gang rape is a "setback" for victims of sexual assault on campus and efforts to help them. | 12/09/14 16:08:48 By - By CHUCK RAASCH

House to vote on short-term budget bill to buy time for ‘cromnibus’

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on a short-term spending bill to keep the federal government running beyond Thursday and buy extra time for the Senate to approve a long-term bill. | 12/09/14 15:55:34 By - By William Douglas

Democrats divided: How did they lose the white middle class?

The Democratic Party is a mess. | 12/09/14 13:03:12 By - By David Lightman

Senate intel panel: CIA’s interrogations vicious, ineffective

The CIA held at least 119 people in secret overseas prisons –some of whom were innocent – and subjected many to gruesome interrogations that didn’t lead to any high-level terrorists – including Osama bin Laden – and were more vicious than the agency disclosed to policymakers and the public, said a long-awaited Senate report released Tuesday. | 12/09/14 11:22:01 By - By Jonathan S. Landay and Marisa Taylor

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