Washington (CNN) - The witness list for a House hearing to examine radicalization in the American Muslim community includes congressmen and several prominent Muslim-Americans. But notably absent from the list is U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who has been sharply critical of the hearing set to take place on Thursday.
House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Peter King told CNN Wednesday that he did not call the head of the Justice Department to testify because he knew that Holder would dispute what King says he hears privately from law enforcement officials - that Muslim-Americans aren’t sufficiently cooperating in anti-radicalization efforts.
Washington (CNN) - The risk of counterfeit electronics being used in military equipment has prompted a congressional investigation, the top senators on the Senate Armed Services Committee announced Wednesday.
"The presence of counterfeit electronic parts in the Defense Department's supply chain is a growing problem that government and industry share a common interest in solving," committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Michigan, and Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, the ranking member, said in a statement.
Washington (CNN) - With civil war and unrest unfolding across portions of the Middle East and North Africa, President Barack Obama is seeking to fill an important diplomatic post in the region by nominating Dan Shapiro to be the next U.S. ambassador to Israel.
The nomination of Shapiro, currently senior director for the Middle East and North Africa on the National Security Council, was announced Wednesday by the White House.
Madison, Wisconsin (CNN) - Wisconsin's Republican-led state Senate passed Gov. Scott Walker's proposed restrictions on collective bargaining for public employees Wednesday, getting around a Democratic walkout by stripping financial provisions from the bill.
"Tonight, the Senate will be passing the items in the Budget Repair Bill that we can with the 19 members who actually do show up and do their jobs," Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, the chamber's Republican majority leader, said in a statement announcing the move.
(CNN) - Longtime public radio host Diane Rehm told CNN's John King on Wednesday that congressional Republicans pushing to cut all federal funding for National Public Radio are really "looking at a way to silence public broadcasting."
In an exclusive interview on "John King, USA," Rehm told King that a recently released undercover video of an NPR executive had "given those who don't believe in public funding for public broadcasting, more and more ammunition."
Washington (CNN) – The Senate voted down two competing Democratic and Republican spending bills Wednesday, following a plan designed by congressional leaders and the White House to prove that neither bill has enough support to become law. Already anticipating the failed votes in the Senate, House Republican leaders are drafting another short term spending bill to keep the government running as the House and Senate and White House continue to negotiate spending cuts for the rest of the year.
Congressional leaders hoped the votes Wednesday would show lawmakers in both parties more compromises are required.
(CNN) - The old adage of the Senate being a millionaires club still holds true among freshmen lawmakers in both chambers of Congress, according to a new study.
A Center for Responsive Politics analysis found 60 percent of Senate freshmen and more than 40 percent of House freshmen are millionaires. For newly elected members of the Senate, the median estimated wealth is $3.96 million. For House freshmen, it's $570,418.
(CNN) - Actress Julianne Moore will portray former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in a new film about the 2008 presidential election, HBO announced Wednesday.
Moore, a four-time Oscar nominee, has been tapped to play the folksy former vice presidential candidate in an HBO Films adaptation of "Game Change," journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann's 2010 best-selling book detailing the inner workings of the historic 2008 campaign.
Washington (CNN) - As Speaker of the House, John Boehner regularly hosts foreign leaders visiting Washington, presides over joint meetings of the House and Senate, and gives out Congressional commendations. So, as he prepared to take over the post last year, he enrolled an aide in a class at a private school outside Washington, D.C. to learn proper etiquette.
According to public records listing payments by Boehner's office, and first reported by the publication Roll Call, the then Republican Leader spent $5,800 last December in tuition for his aide to attend a five day course this spring given by the Protocol School of Washington.
Washington (CNN) – The Senate on Wednesday defeated a House GOP bill that would cut $61 billion in spending for the rest of the fiscal year.
A competing Democratic proposal, which would have made much smaller cuts of about $6 billion also failed, spurring a new round of negotiations between Democratic and Republican leaders.