(CNN) – The private firm that vetted Edward Snowden in 2011 is under criminal investigation for routine failures in properly investigating the backgrounds of people in line for security clearances, Sen. Claire McCaskill said during a Senate hearing Thursday.
Additionally, a government watchdog told lawmakers his agency believes the check into Snowden's background conducted by USIS, a Virginia-based government contractor, may have been faulty.
(CNN) – In an unexpected defeat, the House rejected a major farm bill Thursday, with both Democrats and Republicans voting against the measure.
Among the reasons for the bill's failure–House conservatives said the measure cost too much and Democrats opposed new work requirements for food stamp recipients.
(CNN) – Anthony Weiner's New York City mayoral bid is getting a helping hand from a group of New York City women – led by the candidate's wife Huma Abedin – who are raising campaign cash for the former U.S. congressman.
The "Women for Anthony" committee will hold a cocktail reception with Weiner June 27, according to an invitation obtained by CNN. Hosted by Abedin, the event also lists a number of other women supporting Weiner's bid for mayor, including fashion designer Reem Acra, Abedin's sister Heba, and Cheryl Saban, wife of Haim Saban, a longtime Clinton donor.
Washington (CNN) - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is proposing tougher border security measures - including doubling the current 21,000-agent border patrol - as part of a deal to get more Republican support for an immigration reform bill.
Sources revealed to CNN some of the details of negotiated changes to the sweeping bill being debated in the Senate. Along with the increased border patrol agents, it would call for 700 miles of fencing along the frontier with Mexico.
(CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, defended immigration reform efforts Thursday, even though some in his party are upset that he and other Republican senators are attempting to find a legal pathway for undocumented immigrants.
"I understand why people are frustrated. I do," he told CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash on Capitol Hill.
Washington (CNN) - Longtime media reporter Howard Kurtz and CNN parted company as Kurtz and CNN confirmed the end of his 15-year run hosting CNN's Reliable Sources program. Kurtz will become a contributor to Fox News.
Kurtz has worked for many years as a media reporter and media critic. He spent 29 years at The Washington Post, the majority of those years working as the Post's media reporter. After leaving the Post in 2010, Kurtz became the Washington Bureau Chief for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, managing the Washington staff and writing on politics and media.
(CNN) – An early endorsement this week for a 2016 presidential run by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton merited a phone call from the potential candidate, according to Sen. Claire McCaskill.
Clinton made the call after the senator's Tuesday announcement that she was endorsing a political action committee pushing a presidential run.
(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden blasted House Republicans Thursday for voting to end deferred deportations of young, undocumented immigrants and offered an impassioned plea for immigration reform as the Senate takes action on the bill in the coming days.
"We have nothing to apologize for when we fight for the morally right thing," Biden said forcefully at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast in Washington. "It is a practically, economically sound thing for America to do."
(CNN) – The Supreme Court has ruled the federal government may not deny funds from its global anti-AIDS program to organizations that refuse to actively oppose legalizing prostitution.
The 6-2 decision Thursday was a test of the First Amendment rights of the organizations seeking such aid.
(CNN) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's re-election is still a long way away, but the ad wars in the Kentucky Republican's 2014 bid for a sixth term in the Senate started early and continue to simmer.
Two independent pro-Democratic groups announced Thursday that they were teaming up to launch a "30 years is too long" campaign that targets McConnell. The groups, the Senate Majority PAC and Patriot Majority USA, say their efforts include TV, radio and digital ads, as well as a new website, to argue that "it's time for a switch."