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‘Santa’ May Have Saved the Spending Bill

Representative Kerry Bentivolio is famous in Congress for impersonating Santa Claus, and on Thursday he may have saved Christmas.

Today in Politics

The 113th Congress is concluding with partisan brinksmanship and one last mad scramble for votes to pass a $1.1 trillion spending package.

On Torture, O’Malley Stands to the Left of Clinton

Gov. Martin O'Malley of Maryland, a Democrat who is considering a run for president, condemned the C.I.A.'s use of torture as described in a Senate report, staking out a position to the left of the party's favorite, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

White House Highlights Bipartisan Support for Preschoolers

President Obama announced that private companies had pledged $330 million to expand preschool opportunities around the country.

Josh Earnest Takes Questions, but Offers Few Answers, on C.I.A. Report

President Obama's press secretary, Josh Earnest, puts on a clinic for how to take questions from reporters without actually answering them.

Christie Holds Off on Offering Any Reaction to Torture Report

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, who was appointed United States attorney for the state by President George W. Bush in the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, seemed not eager on Wednesday to discuss the Senate report on the brutal American interrogation techniques used on terrorism suspects a decade ago.

Democrat Says Obama Shows ‘No Moral Leadership’ on C.I.A.

Senator Mark Udall, the recently defeated Democrat from Colorado, on Wednesday accused President Obama of not providing sufficient leadership and moral authority in the aftermath of the Senate Intelligence Committee's searing report on Central Intelligence Agency torture of terror detainees.

Verbatim: Not Ready to Move On

Representative Trey Gowdy, Republican of South Carolina and chairman of the special committee on the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, opened the panel's second hearing by defending why he continues to ask questions about what happened that day.

Have a Big Idea? A Liberal Group Is All Ears

For those who think Democrats are devoid of ideas, now comes proof: a liberal political organization plans Wednesday to unveil a new website where the public can ‘’submit and vote on big ideas’’ for the party to champion.

Today in Politics

The sharp partisan split over the validity of the Senate's new report on torture raises questions about how closely the two parties will cooperate on intelligence issues when Republicans take control of Congress in January.

Budget Deal Could Mean Millions More in Party Fund-Raising

Bipartisan discussions in the Senate are focusing on a provision to the spending bill that would allow the two parties to raise millions of additional dollars from wealthy donors, according to congressional aides.

Verbatim: Boots on the Ground?

Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the question of putting boots on the ground in the fight against the Islamic State.

Senate Panel’s Republicans Dismiss Torture Report as ‘Partisan’

Several Republican members of the Senate Intelligence Committee pushed back against the release of the declassified executive summary of the panel’s report on the torture of prisoners by the Central Intelligence Agency. They condemned the report on techniques used during the George W. Bush administration as “partisan.”

Speaking From Personal Experience, McCain Condemns Torture

On the subject of torture, few can say "I know from personal experience," like Senator John McCain can.

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