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Obama Talking

Obama Signs Spending Bill, Senate OKs Nominees

The Democratic-controlled Senate worked to confirm a final batch of President Barack Obama’s judicial appointees and sent the White House legislation extending tax breaks for working-class millions and special interests alike late Tuesday as lawmakers neared the end of a two-year Congress marked more by gridlock than accomplishment.

12/16/2014

Tens of thousands of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally but don't have serious criminal records could be shielded from deportation under a policy change being weighed by senior American officials. (Getty Images)

Senate Confirms Obama Immigration Nominee

A divided Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama’s pick to head the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

12/16/2014

The US Senate side of the US Capitol is seen in Washington, DC, November 5, 2014. Republicans captured a majority in the US Senate on Tuesday. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Senate Approves Obama Surgeon General Nominee

The Senate has approved President Barack Obama’s nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy to serve as U.S. surgeon general. The 51-43 vote late Monday came despite opposition from some lawmakers over Murthy’s support for gun control and past statements calling gun violence a public health concern.

12/15/2014

A view of the U.S. Capitol Building's Rotunda after a vote on Capitol Hill on Oct. 16, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Senate Averts Shutdown Fears; Fights Over Nominees

Their power ebbing, Senate Democrats launched a last-minute drive Saturday to confirm roughly 20 of President Barack Obama’s nominees, and several Republicans blamed tea party-backed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for creating an opening for the outgoing majority party to exploit.

12/13/2014

The US Senate side of the US Capitol is seen in Washington, DC, November 5, 2014. Republicans captured a majority in the US Senate on Tuesday. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Senate Approves Bill for U.S. Women’s History Museum

An effort to create a National Women’s History Museum is heading to President Barack Obama’s desk after the Senate passed the measure 16 years after it was first introduced.

12/12/2014

Dianne Feinstein Talking

Former CIA Deputy Director: My Officers ‘Did Not Torture Anybody’

The former deputy director of the CIA is ripping the torture report released by Democrats on Tuesday, calling it “deeply flawed.”

12/10/2014

Dick Cheney Speaks

Cheney: CIA Torture Report Is A ‘Bunch Of Hooey’

The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee says the panel’s report on brutal CIA interrogation practices used after the 9/11 terror attacks is a troubling record of a stain on America’s history.

12/09/2014

Michael Hayden

Former CIA Director: Torture Report Could ‘Be Used By Our Enemies To Motivate People To Attack Americans’

Foreign governments and U.S. intelligence agencies are predicting that the release of a Senate report examining the use of torture by the CIA will cause “violence and deaths” abroad, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday.

12/08/2014

The US Senate side of the US Capitol is seen in Washington, DC, November 5, 2014. Republicans captured a majority in the US Senate on Tuesday. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Senate Aide Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse

A former Democratic congressional aide has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two women who were under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

12/02/2014

File photo of Sen. Chuck Schumer (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Schumer To Dems: Make Government Help Workers

The Senate Democrats’ top message man is urging the party leftward in the wake of crushing midterm election losses, saying working Americans want a robust government that will promote education access, labor bargaining rights, progressive taxes and more.

11/25/2014

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