- News Wrap: Senate approves bill that bars good military service record as defense against sexual assault
In our news wrap Monday, the Senate approved a bill that revamps the way the military deals with sexual assault. Also, 28 Senate Democrats planned to talk nonstop during an overnight session about the importance of Congressional action on climate change. Continue reading
The Dalai Lama opened U.S. Senate proceedings with prayers Thursday, marking the first time the Tibetan spiritual leader has performed the traditional prayer that opens each session.
Speaking in both Tibetan and English, the Dalai Lama offered several prayers and closed with what he called his favorite: “Daily I pray this. That gives me inner strength. So I am asking to serve humanity. As long as space remains and as long as beings remain, until then may I too, remain and help dispel the misery of the world.” Continue reading
On Wednesday the U.S. Senate rejected Debo Adegbile, President Barack Obama’s nomination for Department of Justice assistant attorney general. In a 47-52 vote, seven Democrats joined Republicans against Adegbile, who currently serves as Senior Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee. … Continue reading
The online world has been buzzing about thousands of pages of documents from the Clinton administration that were released by the Clinton Presidential Library on Friday. Much of the conversation has focused on insight the documents provide about then-first lady Hillary Clinton, who many think will seek a bid for president in 2016. Continue reading
A Senate probe concluded that Credit Suisse has helped thousands of wealthy Americans hide billions of dollars from the IRS overseas. In a hearing on Capitol Hill, the Swiss banking giant’s leadership refused to provide more information or disclose names to the Senate, citing Swiss law. Gina Chon of The Financial Times joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the hearing and the Swiss bank’s liability. Continue reading
In our news wrap Wednesday, a powerful winter storm has begun to sweep across the South. A thick coat of ice has already knocked out power for hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in Georgia, while black ice in North Carolina caused havoc for drivers. Also, the Senate gave final approval Wednesday to raise the national debt ceiling. Continue reading
Must-pass legislation to allow the government to borrow money to pay its bills has cleared Congress for President Barack Obama’s signature.
The Senate approved the measure by a near party-line 55-43 vote. All of the “aye” votes came from Obama’s Democratic allies. Continue reading
In our news wrap Friday, President Obama signed into law a new five-year farm bill, costing $956 billion, that keeps most subsidies in tact but cuts food assistance by $800 million. Also, Montana’s Lt. Gov. John Walsh was named to replace Sen. Max Baucus, who is resigning from the Senate to become the next U.S. ambassador to China. Continue reading
In the battle to win or defend Senate seats in the November’s midterm elections, outside groups have already begun to spend massive sums of money. What role will this money play in shaping the campaigns and outcomes? Judy Woodruff talks to Matea Gold of The Washington Post. Continue reading