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Senate torture report: An exception in CIA oversight

John KerryThe Senate report on the CIA's post-Sept. 11 interrogations shows how a rigorous examination of a secret agency can expose misconduct, incompetence and bureaucratic spin, even to those who question the investigation's assertion that torture did not work.

The review also highlights how rare such examinations are, and it raises this question: How well run are other CIA programs, such as targeted killing with drones or the secret effort to train and arm Syrian rebels?

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New Jersey Sen. Menendez to face federal corruption charges: report

Robert MenendezThe Justice Department is preparing to bring criminal corruption charges against New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez, alleging that the congressman used his office to benefit the business of a donor and friend, reports said Friday.

The senator has been under investigation since at least 2013 over allegations that he helped a donor, Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen, secure contracts with the government of the Dominican Republic and protected that same donor during a U.S. investigation of Medicare fraud.

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Benghazi committee to subpoena Hillary Clinton's emails

Hillary subpoenaedThe House Select Committee on Benghazi is planning to subpoena Clintonmail.com for all correspondence related to the 2012 Benghazi embassy attack.

According to The Washington Post, the State Department could expect to receive subpoenas as early as Wednesday afternoon. It was the same House investigative committee that discovered, through its investigation of the Benghazi attack, that Hillary Clinton had used a personal email account for diplomatic business while serving as secretary of state.

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Senate fails to override Obama's veto of pipeline bill

Keystone XL pipelineThe Senate on Wednesday failed to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill to construct the Keystone XL pipeline, the first of many confrontations between the Republican-controlled Congress and the White House this year over energy policy.

The 62-37 vote is expected to be one of many veto showdowns between Republicans and Obama in his final term. Already, the White House has issued more than a dozen veto threats on legislation.

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John Boehner Blinks, Will Allow For Clean Funding Of Department Of Homeland Security

John BoehnerThe House will finally vote on a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security without immigration measures, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told his conference at a meeting on Tuesday.

The vote will come after the House narrowly averted a shutdown last Friday when the House GOP rejected a "clean" DHS funding bill passed in the Senate, and then 52 conservative Republican members joined Democrats to block even a three-week continuing resolution. The House passed a one-week funding bill in hopes that Senate Democrats would allow a conference between the two chambers to go forward, but that was rejected on Monday.

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Congress passes one-week DHS fix

US CongressThe House voted late Friday to stave off a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security for another week, narrowly averting a funding lapse for the agency that has become the battleground over President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

The vote was 357-60. The Senate approved the stopgap measure earlier Friday evening and it now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.

The 11th-hour vote came after senior House and Senate Democratic aides said they had reached a deal with Republicans: House Democrats would help Republicans pass a one-week funding extension under suspension of the rules, which would require a two-thirds vote in the House, and thus Democratic cooperation.

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John Boehner Humiliated As House Republicans Defeat His Bill To Keep Homeland Security Open

Boehner humiliatedIn a crushing defeat for John Boehner, his own House Republicans defeated the Speaker’s bill, and jeopardized national security by voting against a three week funding bill for Homeland Security.

The final vote was 202-224. Twelve Democrats voted yes, and 51 Republicans voted no.

Twice before the final vote, the House was forced into recess because Boehner was trying to scrounge up the votes to pass his funding bill. Before the vote, Nancy Pelosi told Republicans that they were allowing their hatred of President Obama to jeopardize Homeland Security.

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