Lawmakers say Obama’s NSA changes won’t work

Lawmakers say Obama’s NSA changes won’t work

A chief element of President Barack Obama’s attempt to overhaul U.S. surveillance will not work, leaders of Congress’ intelligence committees said Sunday, pushing back against the idea that the government should cede control of how Americans’ phone records are stored. Obama, under pressure to calm the controversy over government spying, said Friday he wants bulk […]

Christie aides played politics with Hurricane relief

Christie aides played politics with Hurricane relief

The Christie administration withheld millions of dollars in Superstorm Sandy recovery grants from a New Jersey city because its mayor refused to sign off on a politically connected commercial development, the mayor said Saturday. Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer alleged that Gov. Chris Christie‘s lieutenant governor and a top community development official told her recovery funds […]

Scandal-ridden Christie hightails it to Florida

Scandal-ridden Christie hightails it to Florida

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie left a political scandal back home as he raised money Saturday for fellow Republicans in Florida. As chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Christie was headlining a series of events over the weekend to help Florida’s governor, Rick Scott, and the state party. The private events were giving Christie his […]

Obama talks curbs on some, but not all, of NSA’s abuses

Obama talks curbs on some, but not all, of NSA’s abuses

President Barack Obama’s orders to change some U.S. surveillance practices put the burden on Congress to deal with a national security controversy that has alarmed Americans and outraged foreign allies. Yet he avoided major action on the practice of sweeping up billions of phone, email and text messages from across the globe. In a speech […]

What Obama did and did not change on NSA spying

What Obama did and did not change on NSA spying

President Barack Obama is putting limits on the harvesting of Americans’ phone records and seeking revisions to a program that sweeps up email and Internet data around the world, seven months after former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden began divulging the secret spying. Some questions and answers about Obama’s plan: ___ Q: Why did […]

Obama calls for changes in NSA spying

Obama calls for changes in NSA spying

Seeking to calm a furor over U.S. surveillance, President Barack Obama on Friday called for ending the government’s control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans and immediately ordered intelligence agencies to get a secretive court’s permission before accessing such records. Still, he defended the nation’s spying apparatus as a whole, saying the […]