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Mike Rogers moving his mouth from Congress to radio

Mike Rogers moving his mouth from Congress to radio

Rep. Mike Rogers, the brash-talking Republican security hawk who has criticized the Obama administration yet commanded uncommon bipartisan support as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Friday he was retiring from Congress next year. The 50-year-old from Michigan made the surprising announcement in a radio interview, saying he’d leave Washington when his seventh term […]

Democrats try long-shot tactic to force immigration vote

Democrats try long-shot tactic to force immigration vote

House Democrats deployed a little-used legislative move Wednesday to force a vote on a comprehensive immigration bill that would provide a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the U.S illegally and tighten border security. The effort seemed doomed to fail but was designed to increase the election-year pressure on Republicans […]

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, […]

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 […]

Biden to Congress: ‘Step up and stop homophobia’

Biden to Congress: ‘Step up and stop homophobia’

Vice President Joe Biden called on Congress Saturday to pass a measure to outlaw workplace discrimination against gays, saying it’s outrageous that the country is even debating the subject. Speaking to supporters of the gay advocacy group Human Rights Campaign on Saturday, Biden said it’s “close to barbaric” that in some states, employees can be […]

A widening rift between the Senate and CIA

A widening rift between the Senate and CIA

The standoff between the CIA and the Senate Intelligence Committee at its core is a battle over who owns the official history of one of the darkest eras in American spying — the brutal interrogations of al-Qaida prisoners in “black site” prisons abroad. The rift has bared long-standing institutional failures and simmering tensions between the […]