Interpol Issues Global Security Alert after Prison Breaks

Interpol issued a global security alert on Saturday advising its members to increase their vigilance against attacks after a series of prison breaks in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan that the agency is investigating to determine if they were linked. The Lyon, France-based Interpol said given that al Qaeda was suspected to be involved in some of the incidents, it was asking its 190 member countries to watch out for information connected to the prison breaks, with an aim to determine whether they were coordinated and also locate the escaped prisoners. On Friday, the United States issued a worldwide travel alert warning Americans that al Qaeda may be planning attacks in August, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa.

Judge Throws Out Suit Against Dodd-Frank

Plaintiffs pledge to challenge district court’s decision

A district court judge in Washington, D.C., threw out Thursday a challenge to the constitutionality of parts of the Dodd-Frank financial reform act. The plaintiffs have pledged to appeal the decision.

House Passes Bill to Limit Regulations, Carbon Taxes

Chamber of Commerce may include vote in their annual scorecard

House Republicans passed a bill Friday morning to curtail what the GOP calls excessive and expensive federal regulations, including any attempt to implement a tax on industry carbon emissions.

State Dept. Report on Iran Influence in South America Criticized

Lawmakers, experts say State Department’s report on terror network’s growth lacked ‘depth’

Lawmakers and foreign policy experts are fuming over a long-awaited State Department report on Iran’s influence in the Western Hemisphere, which they say was poorly researched, downplayed the Iranian threat in the region and failed to seriously address the issues.

Letter: More than 70 Senators to Push Obama on Preventing Nuclear Iran

Circulating letter from bipartisan group urges president to 'reinforce the credibility of our own option to use military force'

Iranian President Hassan RouhaniMore than 70 senators are gearing up to urge President Obama to “reinforce the credibility of our own option to use military force” against Iran if it does not immediately cease its nuclear enrichment activities, according to a letter circulating on Capitol Hill.