CIA accused of spying on Senate Intel Committee, breaking law

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The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday that the CIA searched the panel’s computers and that the search may have violated the Constitution.

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'Do-nothing' Congress on track for one of the least productive years ever

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It’s not quite a “do nothing” Congress – but it’s not far off. 

With only a handful of remaining legislative days on their calendar, this current Congress is on track to go down as one of the most unproductive in modern history. 

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NBC/WSJ poll: 60 percent say fire every member of Congress

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Throw the bums out.

That’s the message 60 percent of Americans are sending to Washington in a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, saying if they had the chance to vote to defeat and replace every single member of Congress, including their own representative, they would. Just 35 percent say they would not.

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Boehner: The president ‘will not negotiate’

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After meeting with Obama for more than an hour, Congressional leaders say that they are still at an impasse over how to end the ongoing government shutdown.

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Government shutdown just one big joke on the Internet 

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Even before Congress failed to pass health care funding for Oct. 1., the Internet was prepared with the obligatory quips, image macros (words over pictures that y’all call “memes”) and sundry other reactions.  

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Money for nothing: Government shutdown costs $12.5 million per hour

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Here’s the price tag for the first government shutdown in 17 years: about $1.6 billion a week, $300 million a day, or $12.5 million an hour.

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#DearCongress, ‘You shouldn’t be getting paid’: Americans sound off on shutdown’

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After a deeply divided Congress failed to reach a resolution on a short-term funding measure, the federal government officially shut down Tuesday morning. As the country braces for the impact, we want to hear from you.

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Obama to Congress: ‘You don’t get to extract a ransom for doing your job’

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As House Republicans vowed once again to delay Obamacare for a year, the president called the impending crisis “the height of irresponsibility.”

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Congress scheduled to cast first Syria vote on Wednesday

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Weiner sexted with up to three more women after resigning from Congress

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New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner admitted Thursday that he sent racy text messages to up to three women after he resigned in disgrace from Congress in 2011.

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NBC/WSJ poll: Faith in DC hits a low; 83 percent disapprove of Congress

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Nearly six in 10 adults say they would vote to defeat and replace every single member of Congress if they could.

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Behind the rise of the do-nothing Congress

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The last Congress was the least popular and least productive of all time – and six months in, the current one is on pace to break those unwanted records.

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'Shame on us if we've forgotten': Obama pushes Congress on guns

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President Barack Obama on Thursday sternly rebuked opponents of pending gun control measures, accusing them of “running out the clock” and hoping that the nation forgets last year’s Newtown school shooting in order to keep popular reforms from passing into law.

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At scene of her shooting, Giffords urges Congress to expand background checks

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned Wednesday to the Arizona grocery store where she was shot to push Congress to expand background checks for gun purchases.

“Be bold. Be courageous. Please support background checks. Thank you very much,” said Giffords, speaking carefully in a brief appearance at the podium.

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From coast to coast, states brace for sequester shock

Sure, it’s got a weird name. But the effects of sequestration may hit all too close to home for some Americans if lawmakers allow the cuts to take full effect later this month. One day after President Barack Obama signed an order to cut spending by $1.2 trillion over a decade, NBC News takes a look at how people may feel the pinch from New York to Chicago to Los Angeles.