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Lawmaker Says Snowden Leaks Will Cost Country ‘Billions To Repair’

Lawmaker Says Snowden Leaks Will Cost Country ‘Billions To Repair’Following a classified briefing on Wednesday, the chairman and the vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said the "majority" of the classified information taken by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden had "nothing to do with the NSA," or its collection of bulk data.

New Bipartisan Farm Bill Emerges From Long Debate In Congress

New Bipartisan Farm Bill Emerges From Long Debate In CongressMembers of the House and Senate have reached a bipartisan agreement on a five-year farm bill that will end months of uncertainty for farmers and agriculture workers, its backers say.

Snowden: Coming Home ‘Not Possible’ Under Whistle-Blower Laws

Snowden: Coming Home ‘Not Possible’ Under Whistle-Blower LawsFormer NSA contractor Edward Snowden says that it is "not possible" for him to come back home to face charges, unless changes are made to the Whistleblower Protection Act.

Bipartisan Report Calls Benghazi Attacks ‘Preventable’

Bipartisan Report Calls Benghazi Attacks ‘Preventable’In a report signed off on by Democrats and Republicans, the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday said the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, "were likely preventable."

Extending Jobless Benefits Likely Delayed Again

Extending Jobless Benefits Likely Delayed AgainLater today, President Obama will be in Raleigh, N.C., where he's expected to again make the case that Congress should extend the benefits.

Intelligence Panel Recommends Limits On NSA Surveillance

Intelligence Panel Recommends Limits On NSA SurveillanceA panel looking into U.S. electronic surveillance activities in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations has recommended removing the NSA's authority to collect and store Americans' telephone data.

Senate Approves Budget Deal, Reducing Chances Of A Shutdown

Senate Approves Budget Deal, Reducing Chances Of A ShutdownThe Senate passed a two-year bipartisan budget deal aimed at easing automatic spending cuts and avoiding a government shutdown, following a House vote on the measure last week.

Rule Allowing In-Flight Phone Calls Clears First FCC Hurdle

Rule Allowing In-Flight Phone Calls Clears First FCC HurdleBy a vote of 3-2, the FCC has approved the initial proposal to allow passengers on U.S. flights to use their cellphones for voice calls — something that's been forbidden on U.S. flights.

House Approves Budget Deal; Compromise Heads To Senate

House Approves Budget Deal; Compromise Heads To SenateThe House has approved a bipartisan budget deal to cut around $23 billion from the federal deficit over 10 years while removing the threat of a possible government shutdown until 2015. A shutdown deadline had loomed for Jan. 15.

Congress Renews Ban On X-Ray-Evading Plastic Guns

Congress Renews Ban On X-Ray-Evading Plastic GunsCongress voted to renew a ban on plastic firearms that can skirt airport detectors, but Republican lawmakers blocked efforts to tighten the restrictions.