Sen. Patrick Leahy has tried since 2003 to give people in same-sex relationships the right to sponsor their foreign partners for green cards, as married heterosexual couples can do. On Tuesday, he may have lost his best chance in recent years to push the measure into law.
Bernanke said the Fed could begin winding down its bond-buying program at one of its "next few meetings" if the economy continues to improve, but warned that a step down won't mean the Fed has started a one-way march to the exit.
Lois Lerner, the head of the IRS office that targeted conservative groups, intends to invoke her constitutional right against self-incrimination and decline to answer questions at a hearing on Wednesday.
Federal investigators apparently accessed records of calls to and from a phone number at Fox News Channel in their leak investigation of a former State Department contractor, according to a court document.
The IRS briefed the Treasury Department extensively last month about a looming report that would find the agency had inappropriately targeted applications from conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.