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A few Republicans push House to move on jobless bill after Senate OK

As soon as the Democratic-controlled Senate passed a measure Monday to extend unemployment aid to jobless Americans, a beleaguered group of House Republicans from states with high unemployment rates called on Speaker John A. Boehner to follow suit. | 04/07/14 20:02:03 By - By LISA MASCARO

Senate approves extension in jobless aid, but House forecast is cloudy

The Senate on Monday agreed to extend the federal unemployment insurance program to about 2.8 million people nationwide who have lost jobs, exhausted their state benefits and still have not found new work. | 04/07/14 18:47:21 By - By Renee Schoof and David Lightman

Medical pot users complain they’re caught between Obama, Congress

Supporters of medical uses for marijuana say Congress needs to get involved to resolve a growing conflict between state and federal laws. | 04/07/14 18:05:54 By - By Rob Hotakainen

It’s a Kentucky-Connecticut battle of the desserts

It’s Kentucky Derby-Pie versus Connecticut brownies and ice cream Monday night. | 04/07/14 18:05:38 By - By David Lightman

Senate finally poised to pass jobless benefit extension

The Senate Monday is finally poised to pass legislation extending emergency unemployment benefits. | 04/07/14 10:32:41 By - David Lightman

North Carolina Senate race a magnet for money and ads

Outside groups have poured millions of dollars into North Carolina’s Senate race, more money than in any other state, but who’s behind a lot of it remains secret. | 04/07/14 04:50:04 By - By Renee Schoof

States feel loss of jobless aid

Despite bipartisan support in the U.S. Senate for reinstating emergency aid for the long-term unemployed, prospects remain dim in the Republican-controlled House. Meanwhile, the toll of the expired extended benefits on states is mounting. | 04/07/14 04:39:00 By - By JAKE GROVUM

Unlike other spy matters, Senate’s probe of CIA’s harsh interrogations raises partisan hackles

The toxic partisanship that’s paralyzed most Washington lawmaking for years often spared congressional consideration of intelligence matters. | 04/07/14 04:33:19 By - By David Lightman

California’s Rep. Nunes wants oversight of the cloak and dagger

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., need not be too covert in his campaign to become the next chairman of the House intelligence committee. | 04/04/14 12:23:40 By - By Michael Doyle

Christie cools off, Elizabeth Warren rises

New Jersey Chris Christie's stock is dropping fast | 04/03/14 08:25:47 By - David Lightman

Senate set to seek declassification of CIA report; White House will decide what’s made public

The Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday is expected to approve the declassifying of the findings, conclusions and executive summary of its $40 million report on the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques, leaving it to the White House to decide just how much of the 6,300-page investigation will actually become public. | 04/03/14 07:17:54 By - By David Lightman, Marisa Taylor and Lesley Clark

Firefighter training inadequate for crude oil train fires, group tells Congress

Citing the sharp increase in the transportation of crude oil by rail, a group told Congress on Wednesday that most of the country’s fire departments lack sufficient training to respond to hazardous materials incidents. | 04/02/14 19:36:59 By - By Curtis Tate

McCaskill accuses GM chief of ‘culture of coverup’

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri told General Motors’ chief executive Wednesday that the automaker operated for years in a “culture of coverup” that led a GM engineer to lie to conceal an ignition switch defect now blamed for at least 13 fatalities. | 04/02/14 17:44:46 By - By Greg Gordon

Murkowski wants release of investigation into Alaska National Guard

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is urging the chief of the federal National Guard Bureau not to bury the results of its investigation into sexual assaults in the Alaska National Guard. | 04/02/14 17:15:06 By - By Sean Cockerham

Key senators will vote to declassify Senate findings on CIA

Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King said Wednesday they will vote to declassify the findings, conclusions and executive summary section of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA interrogation techniques. | 04/02/14 09:31:35 By - David Lightman and Marisa Taylor

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