The Senate hastily teed up a test vote Thursday afternoon on Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel, as Republicans threatened to block the nomination until more information is provided about the Benghazi terror attack.
The Homeland Security Department wants to buy more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition in the next four or five years. It says it needs them -- roughly the equivalent of five bullets for every person in the United States -- for law enforcement agents in training and on duty.
Workers at a Michigan battery plant built with a $150 million federal stimulus grant but never opened played games and watched movies while their wages were paid for by U.S. taxpayers, according to a government report.
Animosity between the Pentagon and Congress is growing as top lawmakers signal a willingness to let automatic spending cuts take effect in two weeks, with patience wearing thin among Republicans for another stopgap measure like the one President Obama is advocating.