Congressional hearings

  • Retired U.S. Marine Corps General James Mattis testifies before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination to serve as defense secretary in Washington, U.S. January 12, 2017.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX2YOX8
    January 13, 2017  

    At their confirmation hearings, many of the opinions voiced by the president-elect’s nominees were very different from what Mr. Trump proposed during the campaign. From Sen. Jeff Sessions’ position on waterboarding to retired Gen. James Mattis’ take on the Iran nuclear deal, nominees made it clear that the administration will have a diversity of opinions. Steve Inskeep reports. Continue reading

  • Retired U.S. Marine Corps General James Mattis testifies before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination to serve as defense secretary in Washington, U.S. January 12, 2017.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX2YOX7
    January 12, 2017  

    In our news wrap Thursday, defense secretary-designate Gen. James Mattis said at his confirmation hearing that the U.S. must recognize Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to break apart the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Also, the first of 3,500 U.S. troops arrived in southwest Poland, in a NATO buildup to deter Russia. Continue reading

  • Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee as Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) listens during the second day of confirmation hearings on Senator Jeff Sessions' (R-AL) nomination to be U.S. attorney general in Washington, U.S., January 11, 2017.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts - RTX2YJKX
    January 11, 2017  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, black congressional leaders testified against Jeff Sessions, the president-elect’s nominee to be attorney general, on the second and final day of his confirmation hearings. Also, Elaine Chao, a former secretary of labor and now the choice for transportation secretary, spoke before lawmakers with her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, behind her. Continue reading

  • Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (L)  and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy (R) testify before a House Oversight and government Reform hearing  on "Examining Federal Administration of the Safe Drinking Water Act in Flint, Michigan, Part III" on Capitol Hill in Washington March 17, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - RTSAWEO
    March 17, 2016  

    Flint, Michigan, earned a place in the spotlight again Thursday, as Congressional hearings on the city’s water crisis continued. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and EPA administrator Gina McCarthy both faced strict scrutiny for their apparent failure to respond to the dire situation quickly enough. John Yang reports. Continue reading

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    June 24, 2014  

    A political fight over the targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service escalated when the IRS said it had lost thousands of emails when a former official’s computer crashed. Jeffrey Brown talks to Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., and Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., about the allegations that the emails may have been intentionally destroyed. Continue reading

  • December 20, 2012  

    Congress heard testimony on the "painful lessons" of the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi after a report on systemic security failures made by State Department. Kwame Holman reports on the tough questions by Republicans on the early characterizations made by Susan Rice and other members of the administration. Continue reading

  • April 19, 2012  

    A General Services Administration Inspector General report spurred an uproar in Congress when it detailed spending on an $823,000 conference in Las Vegas that included a mind reader, a clown and a $31,000 reception. Kwame Holman updates the GSA spending scandal amid an ongoing investigation and multiple congressional hearings. Continue reading