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Detainees face uncertainty as U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A small number of U.S. detainees in Afghanistan are in legal limbo as Washington works toward ending its military presence by the end of 2014, officials say.
Treasury secretary: Debt limit rise will promote economic growth

Treasury secretary: Debt limit rise will promote economic growth

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said Wednesday's Senate vote to raise the federal debt limit will promote growth and help "provide certainty and stability."

Partisan fight brewing over restoration of veterans' pension cuts

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Senate Republicans, unhappy with Sen. Bernie Sanders' plan, are putting together their own proposal for repealing $6 billion in U.S. veterans' pension cuts.
The Obama administration defends foreign policy in Syria

The Obama administration defends foreign policy in Syria

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The Obama administration defended its foreign policy in Syria after claims by Republicans that Secretary of State John Kerry admitted the policy was failing.
Aileen Graef

Levin says Iraqi leadership missing from al-Qaida debate

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., said Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and not the White House, should be criticized for the resurgence of al-Qaida.
Afghanistan to release 72 detainees, despite U.S. concerns

Afghanistan to release 72 detainees, despite U.S. concerns

KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Seventy-two prisoners to be freed by the Afghan government are "dangerous criminals" with evidence linking them to terror-related crimes, a U.S. official says.

U.S. weighs military aid to Iraq

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. senators said Wednesday they're worried about the Iraqi prime minister's leadership style but agreed Iraq needs help with its fight against al-Qaida.
Plane carrying Sen. Lindsey Graham makes emergency landing in S.C.

Plane carrying Sen. Lindsey Graham makes emergency landing in S.C.

GREENVILLE, S.C., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Monday a plane he was on made a return-flight emergency landing in Greenville after passengers heard strange noises.
U.S. senators urge Afghan president to halt planned prisoner release

U.S. senators urge Afghan president to halt planned prisoner release

KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Visiting U.S. senators urged Afghan President Hamid Karzai to stop the planned release of 88 Afghan prisoners suspected of killing coalition forces and Afghans.

Visiting U.S. senators urge Afghan president to sign security deal

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The United States is pressing Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign the bilateral security deal at the earliest even as the original deadline for it has passed.
Senate votes to end debate on bipartisan budget deal

Senate votes to end debate on bipartisan budget deal

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate voted 67-33 Tuesday to end debate on a bipartisan budget deal, clearing the way for an up-or-down vote.
Rep. Steve Stockman to challenge John Cornyn in GOP Senate primary

Rep. Steve Stockman to challenge John Cornyn in GOP Senate primary

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- John Cornyn of Texas has become the eighth sitting Republican U.S. senator to face a potentially serious primary challenge.
Washington says more Iranian sanctions bad idea

Washington says more Iranian sanctions bad idea

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said imposing new sanctions on Iran while negotiations are ongoing would be counterproductive.

Jeh Johnson clears Homeland Security Committee, moves to full Senate

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The nomination of Jeh Johnson as Homeland Security secretary was endorsed Wednesday by the Senate Homeland Security Committee.
Congressional Democrats offer bill to protect abortion rights

Congressional Democrats offer bill to protect abortion rights

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday mounted an effort to thwart states' attempts to clamp down on abortion rights.
'60 Minutes' apologizes for Benghazi error

'60 Minutes' apologizes for Benghazi error

NEW YORK, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- CBS News' "60 Minutes" apologized for a report on the U.S. mission attack in Benghazi, Libya, that included a disgraced source who claimed he was on the scene.

Boxer, Graham introduce plan to protect military victims of rape

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Victims of sexual assault in the U.S. military should be spared from testifying at preliminary hearings, a bipartisan group in the Senate says.

Maliki's no partner for peace

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The author says Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki attempts to portray himself as a victim but he is a dictator with the blood of innocents on his hands.
HAMID YAZDAN PANAH, UPI Outside View Commentator
McCain, Graham vow to delay Yellen, Johnson confirmations

McCain, Graham vow to delay Yellen, Johnson confirmations

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham will try to block Janet Yellen's confirmation to lead the Federal Reserve in a dispute over the attack in Benghazi, Libya.
Senators warn Obama of Maliki's 'mismanagement' in Iraq

Senators warn Obama of Maliki's 'mismanagement' in Iraq

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's "mismanagement of Iraqi politics" may be leading to civil war, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators warned Tuesday.

Senate confirms FCC nominees Tom Wheeler, Michael O'Rielly

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- The Federal Communications Commission returned to full strength Tuesday when the U.S. Senate confirmed the nominations of Tom Wheeler and Michael O'Rielly.
Politics 2014: October 2013 helps shape message for November 2014

Politics 2014: October 2013 helps shape message for November 2014

The U.S. government shutdown, immigration reform, budget woes, problems with the Affordable Care Act online enrollment created a whirlpool of controversy and contretemps for Washington and provided blood-stirring language for the 2014 midterm elections and beyond.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
GOP senators pile blame on Cruz for shutdown

GOP senators pile blame on Cruz for shutdown

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Republican leaders piled blame on freshman Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for failed tactics that forced a U.S. government shutdown, but Cruz remained defiant.

Graham: Democrats will 'own' Obamacare in coming elections

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A key Republican senator Sunday cautioned the Democrats not to gloat at the seeming disarray within the GOP as the debt-ceiling debate continues.
House and Senate gyms open -- with no clean towels

House and Senate gyms open -- with no clean towels

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- The House and Senate gyms are open during the U.S. government shutdown, but lawmakers have to do without clean towels and other services, officials say.
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