Senate once rejected what Obama now proposes for NSA

Senate once rejected what Obama now proposes for NSA

The Senate Intelligence Committee three years ago secretly considered — but ultimately rejected — alternate ways for the National Security Agency to collect and store massive amounts of Americans’ phone records, The Associated Press has learned. One of those options, outlined in a classified 2011 NSA analysis and reviewed in detail during closed committee meetings, […]

Judge scolds racist Arizona sheriff, chief deputy

Judge scolds racist Arizona sheriff, chief deputy

A federal judge presiding over a racial profiling case against an Arizona sheriff’s office chided the sheriff and his top aide on Monday for mischaracterizing his findings, telling them he’s unimpressed by what he called their apparent “double dealing.” U.S. District Judge Murray Snow said he was disappointed with the inaccurate statements that Chief Deputy […]

Not much of a ‘fix’ for flood insurance rate hikes

Not much of a ‘fix’ for flood insurance rate hikes

Stephen Nelson and Mary Anne Mayo are still struggling with the destruction from Superstorm Sandy, nearly 18 months after it swept through their Westport home, taking their first-floor belongings into the Saugatuck River. The couple, relying on federal flood insurance, has made repairs while considering major reconstruction work such as raising the house to comply […]

Terrorist interrogations report fuels CIA-Senate spat

Terrorist interrogations report fuels CIA-Senate spat

If senators vote this week to release key sections of a voluminous report on terrorist interrogations, an already strained relationship between lawmakers and the CIA could become even more rancorous, and President Barack Obama might have to step into the fray. The Senate Intelligence Committee hopes that by publishing a 400-page summary of its contentious […]

‘Common Core’ leads to uncommon political debate

‘Common Core’ leads to uncommon political debate

More than five years after U.S. governors began a bipartisan effort to set new standards in American schools, the Common Core initiative has morphed into a political tempest fueling division among Republicans. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce leads establishment voices — such as possible presidential contender Jeb Bush — who hail the standards as a […]

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