Top Republican denies blocking START treaty

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top Republican in the Senate denied on Sunday he was obstructing ratification of a new nuclear arms deal with Russia, saying Congress had bigger issues to work on before its Christmas recess. Read more

White House condemns latest WikiLeaks release

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House condemned on Sunday WikiLeaks’ “reckless and dangerous action” in releasing classified U.S. diplomatic cables, saying it could endanger lives and risk hurting relations with friendly countries. Read more

Republican lawmaker plans to target spending: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The incoming Republican chief of a congressional oversight panel wants to expand the scrutiny of government waste by giving subpoena power to federal watchdogs, the New York Times reported on Sunday. Read more

Obama defends airport security measures

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama defended controversial new security measures at U.S. airports in an interview released on Friday, saying the methods were necessary to prevent a potential terrorist attack. Read more

U.S. engagement on Iran must be realistic: military chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States needs to be realistic about its efforts to engage Iran, whose leaders are lying about Tehran’s nuclear program and are on a path to building nuclear weapons, the top U.S. military officer said. Read more

Wikileaks must stop "dangerous" leaks: military

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks is endangering the lives of U.S. forces and people who support the United States around the world, the top U.S. military officer said, ahead of the expected release of more classified U.S. documents. Read more

Obama to speak to South Korea’s Lee after attack

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will speak to South Korean President Lee Myung-bak after an artillery attack by the North on a South Korean island, White House spokesman Bill Burton said on Tuesday. Read more

Obama defends U.S. airport security measures

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama defended controversial new security measures at U.S. airports in an interview released on Friday, saying the methods were necessary to prevent a potential terrorist attack. Read more