Bipartisan senators block civil rights nominee after charged debate
March 5th, 2014
07:22 PM ET
2 months ago

Bipartisan senators block civil rights nominee after charged debate

(CNN) – In a surprisingly strong vote, the Senate on Wednesday blocked President Barack Obama’s controversial choice to head the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

The bipartisan rejection came after the widow of a slain Philadelphia officer pleaded with senators to vote “no.”

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House committee resolution urges sanctions against Russia
March 5th, 2014
12:17 PM ET
2 months ago

House committee resolution urges sanctions against Russia

Updated 1:32 p.m. ET, 3/5/2014

(CNN) - The House Foreign Affairs Committee proposed a bipartisan resolution on Wednesday condemning Russia over its military intervention in Ukraine and urging economic and other sanctions in response.

The non-binding proposal said Russia's action poses a threat to international peace and security.

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Poll: Anti-incumbent feelings at all time high
March 4th, 2014
09:38 AM ET
2 months ago

Poll: Anti-incumbent feelings at all time high

Washington (CNN) - Eight months to the day before Election Day 2014, anti-incumbent sentiments are at a record high, according to a new national poll.

And an ABC News/Washington Post survey also indicates that with control of the U.S. Senate up for grabs this November, Republicans have a slight advantage over Democrats in the states holding Senate elections.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • House • House of Representatives • Senate
Debbie Dingell bids to keep congressional seat in family hands
February 28th, 2014
10:03 AM ET
2 months ago

Debbie Dingell bids to keep congressional seat in family hands

Washington (CNN) – Debbie Dingell announced Friday that she's running this year for the seat being vacated by her husband, Rep. John Dingell of Michigan.

John Dingell, the longest serving member of Congress in history, announced Monday that he'll retire at the end of the year.
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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Debbie Dingell • John Dingell • Michigan
Biden: 2016 is 'lifetimes away'
February 27th, 2014
04:05 PM ET
2 months ago

Biden: 2016 is 'lifetimes away'

Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden says he's "so tired about hearing about the demise of the Democratic Party."

Giving a pep talk Thursday to Democratic Party officials to go on offense as the 2014 midterm election season heats up, the vice president went on to say that "my central message to you is look: I think we should not apologize for a single thing."
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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Congress • Joe Biden
Add another name to the House retirement list
February 27th, 2014
02:04 PM ET
2 months ago

Add another name to the House retirement list

Washington (CNN) - Another longtime member of Congress is calling it quits.

Democratic Rep. Ed Pastor of Arizona announced Thursday that he will retire at end of the year rather than run for re-election in November.

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Filed under: 2014 • Arizona • Congress • House
House demands more Target docs
February 25th, 2014
01:58 PM ET
2 months ago

House demands more Target docs

Washington (CNN) - House lawmakers are stepping up their look into how Target handled last fall's massive data breach, with a top Republican requesting that the company turn over a pile of internal documents about the security problem.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California, sent a letter to Target president Gregg Steinhafel Monday requesting all "documents and communications" from last fall that relate to suspicions of a data breach or decisions about how to notify customers.
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February 24th, 2014
10:06 AM ET
2 months ago

'Dean' of U.S. House to retire

Update 10:47 a.m. ET, 2/24/2014

(CNN) - John Dingell, the longest serving member of Congress in U.S. history, announced Monday that he'll retire at the end of the year rather than run for re-election.

"My standards are high for this job. I put myself to the test and have always known that when the time came that I felt I could not live up to my own personal standard for a Member of Congress, it would be time to step aside for someone else to represent this district. That time has come," said the 87-year-old Democratic congressman from Michigan, in a statement announcing his retirement.
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Holder says Congress should require companies to disclose data breaches
February 24th, 2014
06:26 AM ET
2 months ago

Holder says Congress should require companies to disclose data breaches

Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder is calling on Congress to require companies to more quickly alert customers when their personal information is put at risk in cyberbreaches.

In a video message Monday, Holder says "a strong, national standard for quickly alerting consumers whose information may be compromised ... would empower the American people to protect themselves if they are at risk of identity theft. It would enable law enforcement to better investigate these crimes - and hold compromised entities accountable when they fail to keep sensitive information safe. "

Federal law currently doesn't offer any standard for companies to notify customers following breaches, though some states have notification laws. Many companies are wary that public notification will hurt their business.

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Filed under: Congress • cybersecurity • Eric Holder • Justice Department
February 20th, 2014
03:07 PM ET
2 months ago

A depressing 'House of Cards' analogy on chained CPI

Washington (CNN) - Thought bubble: The White House removing chained CPI from their budget arguably shows that Washington is even more cynical than "House of Cards."

The plot lines are similar between today's headlines and the first few episodes of the second season of the Netflix show, in which lawmakers raise the age of retirement to 68. Specifically, Democratic leaders push a Republican proposal to raise to the retirement age through Congress even after Republicans, out of pique, abandon negotiations.
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