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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill on July 25. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In Fiery Hearing, Pompeo Trades Barbs With Lawmakers

The secretary of state faces criticism, even from those in his own party.

Gina Haspel is sworn in during her confirmation hearing to become CIA director in Washington, D.C., on May 9. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

He Feared the CIA Would Delete a Document Detailing Its Torture Program. So He Took It.

On our podcast: A Senate investigator who exposed the agency’s torture secrets tells his story.

CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel waits for her confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 9. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Torture, Morality at Heart of Senate Hearing on Trump’s Pick to Head CIA

Gina Haspel dodges questions but appears headed toward narrow confirmation.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo testifiesduring a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in Washington, on Feb. 13, 2018. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Pompeo Braces for Brutal Confirmation Fight

With a tight vote looming, lawmakers hope to extract the outgoing CIA chief’s pledge to restore a damaged State Department.

Donald Trump and Miss America contestants at Trump Tower, in New York on May 8, 2012.

The Teflon Don

Sex scandals have a long history of taking down politicians — but don't get your hopes up about the current U.S. president.

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) waits off stage before announcing he will not support President Barack Obama's Iran nuclear deal on Aug. 18, 2015 in South Orange, New Jersey. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Top Democrat’s Return Sows Uncertainty for Iran Deal

Iran hawk Bob Menendez’s reinstatement as top Democrat on Senate Foreign Relations Committee could alter politics around the nuclear deal.

Sen. Bob Corker (left) and Sen. Ben Cardin prepare to listen to testimony at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the U.S.-Russia relationship, on Feb. 9, 2017. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Republicans Are AWOL on Russian Election Meddling

The GOP's absence from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's report on Russian interference is sad and abnormal.

U.S President Donald Trump speaks about his administration's National Security Strategy at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C, Dec. 18.(Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Buckle Up for Year 2 of Trump

Four major crises the president is steering America toward in the year ahead.

A closed-circuit TV camera is mounted on a building roof in front of the Capitol in Washington, DC on Nov. 3 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Whistleblower Guardian for Spies Escorted Out of Intelligence Agency Building

The clashes at the Office of the Intelligence Community Inspector General continue to escalate.

Senator Robert Menendez speaks outside federal court after he was indicted on corruption charges on April 2, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. (Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

Democrats Are Hypocrites on Corruption

Robert Menendez is credibly accused of serious crimes, but his party has never seemed to have a problem with him.

Senator Bob Corker speaks to the press on Sep. 9, 2015. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Corker and Cotton’s False Promises Would Push Iran Toward Nuclearization

The Republican senators want to keep the JCPOA while adding new restrictions. It won’t work.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Oct. 18. (Jason Connolly/AFP/Getty Images)

Jeff Sessions Just Confessed His Negligence on Russia

The attorney general is aware of the threat Moscow poses to American elections — he just hasn’t done anything about it.

An employee of Caviar Phones, a Russian-Italian company specializing in smartphone customization, displays a special gold-plated iPhone 7 smartphone bearing the likeness of US President-elect Donald Trump - at a minimum price of 197 000 rubles (2755 euros / 2971 dollars) - in the company's boutique outside Moscow on November 14, 2016. / AFP / Vasily MAXIMOV        (Photo credit should read VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)

What’s the One U.N. Treaty Trump Should Love?

Hint: It has to do with mining the oceans for riches.

The US Capitol is seen on August 24, 2017 in Washington, DC.
With moves to dismantle Confederate monuments gaining momentum, Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, recently called for Confederate statues to be removed from the US Capitol. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s How Congress Can Save the State Department

Foggy Bottom is in peril. Capitol Hill needs to do its part.

NEWARK, NJ - SEPTEMBER 06:  U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) (L) exits federal court on the first day of his trial on corruption charges on September 6, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. Menendez is accused of accepting bribes in regard to his relationship with campaign donor Salomon Melgen, a Florida-based ophthalmologist. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

Senator’s Corruption Trial Reveals State Department Favors

Menendez stands accused of using his oversight role to guarantee visas and business transactions for friend.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 6: Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) arrives at the Capitol ahead of the weekly party luncheons September 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. Legislators from both parties are preparing for an intense calendar of issues in the coming weeks including tax and immigration reform. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

The Senate’s Russia Investigators Need to Slow Down

The chairman is trying to hurry to wrap things up, but there's a ton more work to do.

Marines of the Honduras Navy patrol the Fonseca Gulf on March 26, 2013. Maritime borderlines between Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador are often violated by fishermen causing  tensions among the countries.  AFP   PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA.        (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)

Senators Call for U.S. Accountability in 2012 Honduran Killings

A report detailed how DEA misled Congress on the attack that left four civilians dead. Senators are furious no DEA officials were punished.

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