House Rejects Bid to Curtail NSA Phone Call Collection

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-07_91c8297fef.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A bipartisan amendment to gut a program that allows the National Security Agency to collect the phone records of millions of Americans went down to defeat on Wednesday. It took a slightly larger group of Republicans and Democrats to turn back the effort that they claimed would have seriously compromised national security.

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Libertarian Think Tank: Build a Wall Around Welfare

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-07_74b2d7247e.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- While the libertarian Cato Institute admits that immigrants overwhelmingly come to the United States to work and not to go on welfare, to appease right-wing critics of immigration reform it has developed a plan to deny any federal benefits to tax-paying undocumented workers, even after they achieve legal status.

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Mitch McConnell Spars with New Challenger from the Right

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-07_c07a75b06c.jpgJohn Foxx/Thinkstock(FRANKFORT, Ky.) -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., officially has two opponents in his campaign for re-election to the U.S. Senate in Kentucky: one Democrat and one Republican. Tea Party candidate and Louisville businessman Matt Bevin entered the Republican primary Wednesday morning at an event at the Kentucky State Capitol building.

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Senate Holds First Guantanamo Hearing Since 2009

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-07_bcac3e0f77.jpgJohn Moore/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The push to close Guantanamo Bay’s military prison ground to a halt years ago, but after President Obama renewed his call for its closure in May, the Senate followed up Wednesday with its first hearing since 2009 on whether or not to shut down Guantanamo.

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Senate Passes Deal to Lower Student-Loan Rates

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-07_83cf3692a1.jpgJupiterImages/Comstock Images(WASHINGTON) -- The student-loan stalemate is all but over. After Republican and Democratic senators reached an agreement on student loans one week ago, the Senate passed its bipartisan deal Wednesday evening 81-18. The Democratic caucus was split, with 17 of the “no” votes coming from Democrats.

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