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.
An ex-top federal prosecutor in Arizona leaked internal documents to reporters in 2011, aiming to undermine a congressional investigation into the Fast and Furious sting, the Justice Department inspector general said.
The justices said they will review an appeals-court ruling that held that Greece, New York, violated the Constitution by opening nearly every meeting over an 11-year span with prayers that stressed Christianity.