“And sometimes when I have a real thick briefing I have to read through, I’ll have the game on with the sound off.”
Hours before the midnight deadline, the House passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government funded.
“If the president is lobbying, we do not like it. And we’re saying to our members, don’t be intimidated by anybody,” said Rep. Maxine Waters.
“We will complete the job. Not as quickly as I would like, but we will complete it.”
The Labor Department has left many key questions, particularly related to transgender workers, unanswered. The department says “more guidance” will be forthcoming.
The CIA chief makes no mention of some of the most shocking revelations in the Senate’s report on CIA torture programs.
“Yes, it’s enhanced interrogation but it’s nothing comparable at all to what McCain underwent in Vietnam.”
I sent this email to BuzzFeed’s employees today.
“There are some people in this country who don’t like the military, don’t like the intelligence community, and — as I saw a headline today say — they have 9/11 amnesia, like thinking it can’t happen again.”
White House gets behind spending measure that rankles his base.
“That’s where waterboarding comes from.”
Marlon Marshall, a field operative with ties to the person who could manage a Clinton campaign, is leaving his role as a key White House aide.
The deadline to pass a bill to fund the government is Dec. 11.
“And I would just take issues with him on the notion that the enhanced interrogation that we’re talking about here is torture.”
Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson vows to renew his legislation to keep military weaponry away from local police forces next Congress, says President Obama could have done more to stop the flow.
The deal on federal spending was negotiated by Senate Democrats and House Republicans.
“We’re not talking about anyone being burned or stabbed or cut or anything like that. We’re talking about people being made to stand in awkward in positions, have water put into their nose and into their mouth. Nobody suffered any lasting injuries from this.”
During his final speech on the floor, Sen. Mark Udall called for CIA Director John Brennan’s resignation over his defense of the agency’s torture program. Udall also read conclusions of a still secret review of the program’s effects.
The AFL-CIO’s sole police union sent a letter to the federation’s president about the issue.
The proposed congressional budget released Tuesday night prevents the Department of Justice from using funds to undermine state laws regarding medical marijuana.
Jennifer Garner, Julianne Moore, John Legend, and Shakira lend their voices to the White House initiative, each sharing a personal story of the role education played in their lives.
“You called me deporter-in-chief,” the president said before he was cut off by Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos.
Paul Goodwin was set to be executed at 12:01 a.m. CT Wednesday, but state officials held off on the execution while awaiting word from the Supreme Court and governor. Update: Goodwin was executed at 1:25 a.m. CT Wednesday.
In his 2010 memoir Decision Points, President George W. Bush said then-CIA Director George Tenet briefed him on torture techniques. The account is disputed by a former top CIA lawyer and the Senate report.
“There’s a famous movie that says show me the money. Show us the language.”
Updated: Robert Wayne Holsey was executed at 10:51 p.m. Tuesday after the Supreme Court refused to intervene. His attorneys were fighting to stop his execution because they said his original trial was mishandled by a soon-to-be disbarred and imprisoned alcoholic lawyer.
“I’m opposed to what the House is trying to do,” Reid said. Reid noted if the House includes a rider to halt D.C.’s law, it could be hard to remove.
The report by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence also says two secretaries of state were not informed of black site locations.