Washington Daybook: Question Time

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A U.S. Predator drone above Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder faces questions about his decision to appoint two federal prosecutors to investigate the leaking of classified information when he appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

Republicans have claimed that President Barack Obama’s administration provided information for news reports about an alleged U.S. cyber-attack on Iran’s nuclear program, a thwarted bomb plot by al-Qaeda’s Yemen affiliate, and the president’s personal role in approving a drone “kill list” to burnish his national-security credentials ahead of the November election, Bloomberg News reported. Obama has denied that White House officials leaked classified information, calling the notion they would do so “offensive.”

The House has a pro forma session, while Senate leaders seek agreement on amendments to the farm bill. Senate Appropriations panels are marking up draft fiscal 2013 Financial Services-General Government and Labor-HHS spending bills, and the Senate Finance Committee is looking into the impact of tax reform on U.S. energy policy.

The FDIC’s Board of Governors meets on implementing Basel III Provisions, seeking to answer the question of which companies are “predominantly engaged in financial activities.”

And Rebecca Blank, a former dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, is acting Commerce secretary this morning after John Bryson informed the president that he was transferring his duties to Blank while he’s treated for a seizure. Bryson crashed his car into two other cars on the same day over the weekend.

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