The CIA searched a congressional computer network in a possible criminal violation and breach of the separation of powers between the branches of government, said the chairman of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee.
Senate leaders are seeking agreement to quickly pass a House flood-insurance bill to avert steep premium increases for property owners in coastal states such as Florida, Louisiana and New Jersey, Senate aides said.
The U.S. Senate blocked President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the government’s top civil rights enforcer after Republicans and law enforcement groups objected to his role in the case of a Black Panther activist convicted of killing a white Philadelphia police officer.
House Republican leaders are giving up efforts to couple a U.S. debt-limit increase with measures backing the Keystone XL pipeline or revoking an Obamacare insurance provision, two party leadership aides said.
U.S. lawmakers are headed for a new showdown over President Barack Obama’s judicial nominations, as Senate Democratic leaders began a push to fill vacancies on a court that referees some of the nation’s biggest business cases.