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Lawmakers Welcome President Asking For Their OK On Syria

Lawmakers Welcome President Asking For Their OK On Syria

Lawmakers, many of whom had urged President Obama to seek authority from Congress before going ahead with a military strike against Syria, were largely positive about his decision to do just that.

U.S. Declassifies Documents About Surveillance Programs

U.S. Declassifies Documents About Surveillance Programs

The National Security Agency declassified more documents that shed light on formerly secret programs that collect a vast amount of metadata on the phone calls made in the United States, as well as the electronic communication of foreigners.

Amendment Limiting NSA Records Collection Fails In The House

Amendment Limiting NSA Records Collection Fails In The House

An amendment that would have limited a phone records collection program run by the National Security Agency failed in the House of Representatives, this afternoon.

Book News: Chuck Palahniuk Working On ‘Fight Club’ Sequel

Book News: Chuck Palahniuk Working On ‘Fight Club’ Sequel

Chuck Palahniuk says he is working on a sequel to Fight Club, his 1996 cult novel about underground fighting matches. The sequel, which will be a “dark and messy” graphic novel series, doesn’t yet have a publisher.

Cooling Tensions, Senate Confirms Cordray

Cooling Tensions, Senate Confirms Cordray

In the shadow of a dramatic showdown over the filibuster of White House nominations, the Senate voted to advance the nomination of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

House Passes Farm Bill Without Food Stamps

House Passes Farm Bill Without Food Stamps

House Republicans have approved a farm bill sans food stamps, leaving a gaping hole in the middle of the measure for the first time in 40 years.

U.S. To North Korea: Dismantle Nuke Program, Then We’ll Talk

U.S. To North Korea: Dismantle Nuke Program, Then We’ll Talk

The White House says it’s open to “senior-level” talks proposed by North Korea, but only if Pyongyang lives up to its U.N. obligations to dismantle its nuclear weapons program.

Shakeup: Susan Rice To Be Obama’s National Security Adviser

Shakeup: Susan Rice To Be Obama’s National Security Adviser

United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, a lightning rod for Republican critics of the Obama administration’s handling of the September 2012 attack on a U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya, is moving into the post of national security adviser at the White House.

Senate Approves Online Sales Tax Bill

Senate Approves Online Sales Tax Bill

The Senate has passed the Marketplace Fairness Act by a vote of 69 to 27, the measure would end tax-free shopping for online purchases.

165,000 Jobs Added In April, Jobless Rate Fell To 7.5 Percent

165,000 Jobs Added In April, Jobless Rate Fell To 7.5 Percent

The nation’s jobless rate edged down to 7.5 percent in April from 7.6 percent in March and employers added 165,000 jobs to their payrolls last month.