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In this June 16, 2015, photo, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Katherine Archuleta testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the OPM data breach. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Congress ponders: OPM data breach could total 32 million Americans

- The Washington Times

As many as 32 million Americans might have had their most sensitive data stolen in a breach of the federal government's human resources agency computers, lawmakers speculated Wednesday as pressure grew on President Obama to oust the woman who heads the agency that botched its cybersecurity.

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Senate panel approves long-term highway funding bill

- The Washington Times

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously approved a six-year highway bill with little fanfare Wednesday, setting up a long-term extension of funding for the nation's decaying roads and bridges if lawmakers can find a way to pay for the package.

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ** FILE **

Pat Toomey: New gun legislation 'probably not likely'

- The Washington Times

In the wake of last week's shooting deaths at a church in South Carolina, President Obama and others have renewed a call to address gun violence in the country. But a leading lawmaker on the issue said Wednesday he doesn't see gun-related legislation happening at the federal level.

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is greeted by supporters during a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Saturday, June 6, 2015, in Boone, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) ** FILE **

Ben Carson on racism: 'Why should we engage in destroying ourselves?'

- The Washington Times

Retired neurosurgeon and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said Wednesday he's concerned about divisiveness in the country and that Americans should not make it a habit of fighting battles within, but he demurred when asked if he sees an equation between the symbols of the Confederate flag and the gay pride flag.