DOJ Opts Against Launching Criminal Probe in CIA-Senate Spat

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_5adcafd27f.jpgBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The Department of Justice declined to launch a criminal probe after both the Senate Intelligence Committee and the CIA accused each other of improperly accessing the other's computers. "The Department carefully reviewed the matters referred to us and did not find sufficient evidence to warrant a criminal investigation, DOJ Spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement Thursday.

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House Side of Capitol Building Reopens After Asbestos Incident

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_08e5b8bf77.jpgCredit: Architect of the Capitol (WASHINGTON) -- The House side of the U.S. Capitol Building was briefly closed down on Thursday morning after officials said there was a "potential release" of asbestos during overnight repair work. U.S. Capitol Police officers stood guard at every entry point to the House side of the building, while only the basement level was open.

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Kerry Reaches Out to Mahmoud Abbas in Continued Effort to De-Escalate Gaza Tension

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_145074a6fe.jpgCredit: US Department of State(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday about the ongoing tensions in Gaza. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said on Thursday that the discussion touched on how the situation can be de-escalated. "We are open to discussing and using all avenues to do that," Psaki added.

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Lawmaker Accuses Supreme Court Justices Roberts and Alito of Misleading Senate

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_dcf68a766b.jpgUnited States Senate (WASHINGTON) -- A recent controversial ruling by the Supreme Court reveals that Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito Jr. were less than transparent during their Supreme Court confirmation hearings, a Democratic lawmaker charged Thursday. And the lawmaker, Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., is none too happy about it.

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Ben & Jerry's Founder Brings Political Flavors to Capitol Hill

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_d953e32aab.jpgPhoto by Alex Wong/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Lobbying usually doesn’t come with a side of ice cream. But Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Jerry Greenfield brought some with him to Capitol Hill Thursday, where he joined Rep. Peter DeFazio to advocate for mandatory labeling of genetically modified food. “One spoonful at a time will change the law,” DeFazio, D-Oregon, proclaimed.

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