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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington in this June 9, 2016, file photo. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Senate Democrats block Zika funding bill

- The Washington Times

Senate Democrats blocked a $1.1 billion deal Tuesday that uses Obamacare and Ebola funds to combat the mosquito-borne Zika virus, throwing negotiations into disarray even as insects begin to bite on the U.S. mainland.

In this Oct. 22, 2015, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Select Committee on Benghazi. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Hillary Clinton campaign calls Benghazi probe 'partisan sham'

- The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is panning the Benghazi probe that has culminated in a 800-page report that is set to be released Tuesday and that makes the case that the former secretary of state underestimated the risk extremist groups posed to American personnel in Libya.

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. From left are, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., McConnell, and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ** FILE **

Zika virus spending package sitting in partisan gridlock

- The Washington Times

A spending package to fight the mosquito-borne Zika virus is mired in partisan gridlock, with Senate Democrats saying Monday they "have no choice" but to sink the $1.1 billion measure because it swipes money from Obamacare and the Ebola fight and bars any of it from flowing to Planned Parenthood.

Dems: Clinton never personally denied Benghazi security

- The Washington Times

Democrats on the House Select Committee on Benghazi released a report Monday that purported to clear former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of personal responsibility for the lax security that contributed to the deadly terror attack in Libya on Sept. 11, 2012.

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the corruption case of McDonnell. The Supreme Court seems likely to overturn the conviction of McDonnell on political corruption charges and place new limits on the reach of federal bribery laws. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Justices deem McDonnell's actions 'distasteful,' not necessarily unlawful

- The Washington Times

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday overturned the bribery conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, saying that while his acceptance of more than $170,000 worth of gifts and loans may have been "distasteful," it didn't violate federal law -- a ruling that is not expected to have far-reaching effects on public corruption cases.