President Barack Obama’s trade agenda took another step forward in the Republican-controlled Senate today (May 21), thanks to wheeling and dealing by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) and his lieutenants, who engaged in a flurry of deal-making activity on the Senate floor.

With a call for “open rebellion” against the program, Senator Rand Paul held the Senate floor for ten-and-a-half hours Wednesday in opposition to extending provisions of the Patriot Act.

On Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner criticized the Veterans Affairs leadership for failing to take action to improve veterans care despite the fallout from last year’s scandal that prompted then-Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign.

 

Martin O'Malley could be just the ticket to spice up an otherwise vacuous and boring Democrat presidential campaign. 

Dozens of U.S. vehicles and weapons were abandoned by fleeing Iraqi troops when Islamic State forces captured the city of Ramadi in central Iraq Sunday.

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