Clinton confidant Blumenthal to be deposed on Benghazi: Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime confidant of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is scheduled to appear for a closed-door deposition at 10 a.m. Tuesday before the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Blumenthal has provided the committee with dozens of pages of e-mails between him and Clinton about Libya that were not included in the e-mails the State Department gave the panel, the New York Times reports.
Senate looks to wrap up NDAA: The Senate could finish its work on the annual defense policy bill and take up the defense spending bill this week, the Hill reports. Last week, Senate Democrats pushed back against GOP-led efforts to attach a cyber security measure to the policy bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) filed a procedural motion Thursday to end debate on the bill, and a vote to end debate could come as soon as today. From the story: “With the policy blueprint out of the way, senators could immediately turn to the $576 billion defense spending bill, where a more contentious debate looms.”
Sanders wants more details on contracting fraud: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced an amendment Monday to the defense policy bill that would require Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to update Congress on contracting fraud every year, the Hill reports. From the story: “The report would have to include the total value of the Pentagon’s contracts with companies that have been convicted, indicted, fined or settled any charges from a federal department or agency related to contract fraud.”