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Senators Are Really Worried About Encrypted Data After Paris

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The failure to pick up communications between terrorists involved in the deadly Paris attacks last week is feeding a belief in Washingt...

The Stealth Senator: Keeper of the Secrets of the Ark of the Covenant

William E. Jackson Jr. | Posted 11.15.2015 | Politics
William E. Jackson Jr.

In a front-page New York Times story (November 10, "Classified Report on the C.I.A.'s Secret Prisons Is Caught in Limbo") it was suggested that the ch...

Trump Tarnishes Image for a Fistful of Dollars in Azerbaijan

Harut Sassounian | Posted 08.12.2015 | Entertainment
Harut Sassounian

Donald Trump, by associating himself with questionable business partners in a oppressive regime, risks tarnishing his reputation for a fistful of dollars in the midst of a presidential campaign!

Senate To Tackle Cybersecurity Bill Before Summer Break

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senators aren’t leaving for summer vacation yet. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) said Monday night he'll ask lawmakers to ...

The VA's 'Experts' On Toxic Chemicals May Not Know What They're Talking About

The Huffington Post | Lynne Peeples | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics

Pfc. Donald Burpee spent four months of 1975 living at Camp Lejeune, a Marine Corps base in North Carolina. On July 7 of this year, at the ...

Samantha Lachman

North Carolina's Kay Hagan Won't Try To Return To The Senate In 2016 | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) has decided against challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr in 2016, leaving Democrats to weig...

Ali Watkins

Senate Lets NSA Spying Expire | Ali Watkins | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON – Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) succeeded Sunday in forcing certain controversial provisions of the Patriot Act to expire, including the NSA’s...

Jessica Schulberg

Richard Burr Hatches 'Win-Win' Plan To Reform NSA Surveillance | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With senators appearing steadfastly divided on whether to renew expiring Patriot Act provisions or replace them with a bill to curb gove...

Richard Burr Says 9/11 Could Have Been Preventable With Mass Surveillance

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said on Sunday that the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks may have been preventable if the bulk phone collection program that exists ...

Ali Watkins

Meet The Only Person Being Punished After The Senate Torture Report | Ali Watkins | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Five months after the Senate Intelligence Committee released its gruesome report on the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program, someone is fi...

Ali Watkins

Congress Doesn't Seem Totally Sure Who Should Deal With NSA Reform | Ali Watkins | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- All eyes are on Congress as the June 1 expiration date looms for the National Security Agency program that sweeps up massive dragnets of...

Jennifer Bendery

Here's A Look At The Most Ridiculously Long Judicial Vacancies The Senate Still Hasn't Filled | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate will do something next week that it hasn't done all year: confirm a judicial nominee. Despite talk when they took charge o...

Matt Sledge

Congress Girds For Patriot Act Fight Over NSA Spying | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, sat down to talk face to face with his fiercest critics in a House office in Janu...

Ali Watkins

Senate Intel Chair Moves Threats Hearing Behind Closed Doors, Continuing Oversight Shift | Ali Watkins | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday quietly held its annual worldwide threats hearing entirely behind closed doors for the firs...

Ali Watkins

Top Intelligence Official Suggests Obama May Be Waging Illegal War Against Islamic State | Ali Watkins | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the Obama administration's key intelligence leaders told lawmakers Thursday that he didn't think the U.S. offensive against the I...

Here's How Health Insurers Dream of Replacing Obamacare

Wendell Potter | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The GOP plan would take us back to the days when insurers could sell junk policies, charge older folks more than they can today and calculate premiums based on a person's health status.

Ali Watkins

Feinstein Vindicated In Intelligence Committee Spat | Ali Watkins | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Parliamentarian has vindicated former Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein against charges that the Californi...

Ali Watkins

CIA Torture Report Sinks A Little More, As Agencies Don't Bother To Read It | Ali Watkins | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When the new Senate Intelligence Committee chairman, Richard Burr (R-N.C.), announced that, allegedly unbeknownst to him, the former cha...

Opening Shots Fired in the War Over Guantanamo

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Republican lawmakers are exploiting the terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo in order to strengthen their argument that Washington is still in the middle of an active war on Islamist extremism. To put the message more alarmingly: If it could happen in broad daylight in Paris, it could happen in DC or New York.

Ali Watkins

Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats Prepare To Battle New GOP Chairman On CIA Torture Report | Ali Watkins | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee are gearing up to fight their new Republican chairman’s attempts to reclaim the panel...

Ali Watkins

GOP Plans To Give Explosive Document Back To CIA | Ali Watkins | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The new GOP chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee intends to give back to the CIA an explosive, secret document that has been at...

Will the Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Attack Kill Intelligence Reform in the United States?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Just as the gruesome beheadings in Syria rallied a once war-weary public to support the deployment of US troops in both Iraq and Syria, the brutal assault at Charlie Hebdo could have the effect of convincing more Americans that US intelligence should keep the power they have in order to detect a similar act of violence.

Let's Pass the ABLE Act

Sen. Bob Casey | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Sen. Bob Casey

Every parent wants their child to have a shot at the American Dream. For the parents of a child affected by a severe disability such as Down Syndrome or autism, that hope for a secure future is no less powerful.

Ali Watkins

Incoming Senate Intel Chair: Get Ready For An Oversight Overhaul | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) usually arrives discreetly to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s weekly briefings. He often shuffles down ...

'President' McCain and His 'Shadow Cabinet'

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

John McCain would much rather have been elected president back in 2008, but for a man who was soundly defeated by Obama, being a Shadow President against that very same man is the perhaps the second-best thing that he could have hoped for.