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John Boehner on NSA: The Senate Must Act, But 'We’ll Certainly Look at What They Do'

May 21, 2015 John Boehner is taking a wait-and-see approach on the domestic-surveillance legislation that has derailed the Senate's Memorial Day weekend plans, and he's not closing the door on a possible "clean" renewal of the Patriot Act. Key provisions of the Patriot Act that the National Security Agency uses to justify its ...

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House Democrats: Train Crash Serves as Reminder of Amtrak's Financial Problems

May 13, 2015 Hours after a deadly train derailment, the House Appropriations Committee is debating transportation-spending legislation that includes federal funding for Amtrak, rail infrastructure, and safety programs. Several committee Democrats pointed to Tuesday night's crash as a reminder of Amtrak's chronic financial struggles. The measure, as it stands now, would cut current ...

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Officials Investigate Cause of Deadly Train Accident Outside Philadelphia

May 13, 2015 At least six people have been killed and dozens are injured after an Amtrak train traveling from Washington to New York City derailed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter confirmed the first five deaths during a press conference Tuesday night. He said he has "never seen anything ...

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Washington's Metro Is a Mess And Now Congress Would Like to Give it Less Money

May 11, 2015 Did you ride Metro to work today? Then we've got some news for you. The House Appropriations Committee will vote on a transportation-funding bill Wednesday that would cut by half the amount the federal government gives the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority each year. The bill provides $55.3 billion for ...

Tom Cotton, Twitter, and the Weird Future of Diplomacy

April 30, 2015 On Wednesday, Tom Cotton was tweeting photos of his newborn son. On Thursday, he was tweeting criticism at the Iranian foreign minister. The freshman Republican senator from Arkansas was responding to Javad Zarif's recent comments on the emerging nuclear deal between the United States and Iran. A United Nations resolution ...

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Obama on Accidental Hostage Deaths: 'I Profoundly Regret What Happened'

April 23, 2015 Three Americans, one of whom was a hostage held by al-Qaida, were killed during counterterrorism operations this year near the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan, the White House said Thursday morning. The White House said two hostages, Warren Weinstein, an American who had been held by the terrorist group since ...

White House: Three Americans Killed in Counterterrorism Operations

April 23, 2015 Three Americans, one of whom was a hostage held by al-Qaida, were killed during counterterrorism operations this year near the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan, the White House said Thursday morning. The White House said two hostages, Warren Weinstein, an American who had been held by the terrorist group since ...

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The White House May Be Coming Around to the Senate Iran Deal

April 14, 2015 For weeks, the White House has said it would veto proposed Iran legislation in the Senate. Now, after a crucial bipartisan agreement between the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's top members, the administration may be softening its threat. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday that President Obama would not ...

What's Happening With All These Power Outages in Washington?

April 7, 2015 Washington is experiencing a new kind of power struggle right now. Just in time for cherry-blossom-and-school-trip season, parts of downtown Washington lost electricity Tuesday afternoon, leading to evacuations of prime tourist spots and probably a dip in workplace productivity. The power outages Tuesday afternoon may be linked to an explosion ...

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How One Philadelphia Woman Tweeted Her Way to Federal Terrorism-Related Charges

April 3, 2015 In the case of one Philadelphia woman with aspirations to join the Islamic State, retweets do equal endorsements. The Justice Department charged Keonna Thomas, 30, on Friday with "knowingly attempting to provide material support and resources, including herself as personnel, to a designated foreign terrorist organization," the Islamic State. Starting ...