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  • A Yemeni soldier inspects a car at a checkpoint on a street leading to the U.S. embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013. Security forces close access roads, put up extra blast walls and beef up patrols near some of the 21 U.S. diplomatic missions in the Muslim world that Washington ordered closed for the weekend over a "significant threat'' of an al Qaeda attack. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Congressional leaders agree on drastic response to al Qaeda terrorist threat

    Key Democratic and Republican members of Congress said Sunday that the terrorism threat reportedly triggered by an intercepted message between senior al Qaeda operatives is the most serious threat in years, with some warning that the threat is an indication the terrorist group responsible for the 9/11 attacks still poses a significant danger to the U.S.


  • Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    SAYEGH: Three years of Dodd-Frank's broken promises

    It's been three years since the Senate passed the massive Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation named after its two lead sponsors, Sen. Christopher J. Dodd and Rep. Barney Frank.


  • ** FILE ** Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    GOP reiterates push for independent IRS investigation

    Republicans ramped up calls Sunday for an independent investigation into the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups for special scrutiny.


  • **FILE** In this photo from Nov. 16, 2009, packages move along a conveyor system to outgoing truck for final shipment inside the 800,000 sq. ft. Amazon.com warehouse, in Goodyear, Ariz. (Associated Press)

    Web sales tax could be just a click away; Senate approves rules for Internet

    Internet retailers soon could be required to collect the same sales taxes that consumers pay to their bricks-and-mortar peers, after the Senate agreed Monday to send the Marketplace Fairness Act to the floor for a final vote in coming weeks.


  • Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (shown) and D.C. Council member David A. Catania are spearheading efforts in their respective legislative bodies to protect the privacy of personal email accounts. (Associated Press)

    Patrick Leahy, Susan Collins roll out bipartisan gun trafficking bill

    Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat and Sen. Susan M. Collins, Maine Republican, announced new legislation on the Senate floor Monday that would make gun trafficking a federal crime and crack down on straw purchasing — one of the first bipartisan gun-related measures to be introduced after the Newtown, Conn., shootings in December.


  • Sen. Richard J. Durbin (Associated Press)

    Political split on gun rights evident during Senate hearing

    Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee argued Tuesday that a balance exists between enacting new gun laws and protecting the Second Amendment, while Republicans cautioned that any ban on so-called assault weapons treads dangerously on the U.S. Constitution — an ideological divide seared into the current gun debate that hard-liners on both sides are unlikely to cross.


  • Sen. Richard J. Durbin (Associated Press)

    Lawmakers urge oversight of drone program

    President Obama's use of unmanned drones to kill Americans who are suspected of being al Qaeda allies deserves closer inspection, lawmakers said Sunday, as even some of the president's allies suggested an uneasiness about the program.


  • Sen. Richard J. Durbin (Associated Press)

    Durbin: Benghazi hearings one of Clinton's 'finer moments'

    A top Senate Democrat believes Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's duel appearances last week on Capitol Hill, in which she clashed with Republicans over the Obama administration's handling of the Sept. 11 Benghazi terrorist attacks, will go down in history as one of the secretary of state's "finer moments."


  • **FILE** Sen. Tom Harkin (foreground), Iowa Democrat, joins Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, and other senators at a "Back Off Social Security" rally on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 28, 2011. (Associated Press)

    'Nuclear option' averted as Senate leaders reach agreement on filibuster rules

    Senate leaders struck a bipartisan agreement Thursday to preserve the chamber's filibuster but which limits how and when the minority party can use it.


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