(CNN) - The White House's case for a military strike on Syria enters Round II Wednesday.
Secretary of State John Kerry returns to the Hill, this time to be grilled by the House Foreign Affairs Committee. On Tuesday, he appeared before the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee to sway skeptical lawmakers. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey joined him.FULL STORY
(CNN) - The NSA broke privacy rules "thousands of times each year" since 2008, The Washington Post reported Thursday, citing an internal audit and other documents.
Material was provided to the newspaper this summer by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.FULL STORY
(CNN) - This is the day San Diego Mayor Bob Filner enters a behavior counseling clinic for two weeks of what he describes as intensive therapy.
The 70-year-old is battling a tide of sexual harrassment allegations, and is hoping that voluntarily subjecting himself to the counseling will quell the mounting calls for his resignation.FULL STORY
U.S. Senator John McCain arrived on an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Thursday, a coalition spokeswoman told CNN.
The Arizona Republican is expected to meet with U.S. forces. He is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Less than a week after a one-woman filibuster and a raucous crowd stymied new abortion legislation that would have been among the most restrictive in the nation, Texas lawmakers returned for a second special session to reconsider the bill.
The Legislature reconvened on Monday, but not before thousands of opponents rallied at the Texas Capitol.FULL STORY
(CNN) - The Texas legislature's special session ended in chaos and confusion early Wednesday, when a marathon filibuster failed - but so did a Republican effort to pass a bill that would have greatly restricted abortions in the state.
The Republican-dominated Senate needed to vote 'aye' on the bill by midnight to send it to the governor to sign into law.FULL STORY
(CNN) - The Texas legislature's special session ended in chaos and confusion early Wednesday, with Republicans unable to pass before a midnight deadline a bill that would have greatly restricted abortions in the state.
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst stepped to the Senate floor around 3 a.m. to declare the bill dead and the special session over.
And thus ended a night of intense drama that both sides of the abortion debate followed breathlessly, in large part to cheer - or jeer - the efforts of a lone lawmaker who talked for 10 straight hours to run out the clock.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Every new day seems to bring new revelations and reactions to the controversial electronic surveillance programs. Over the weekend we learned that the British electronic intelligence agency tried to monitor delegates during a G-20 summit. We also heard from administration officials, past and present, who tried to assuage Americans worried about privacy.
Here is a summary of the latest developments:FULL STORY