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Government set to declassify some secret court decisions

Government set to declassify some secret court decisions

The Justice Department is declassifying portions of some secret court orders concerning the government’s authority to seize records under the Patriot Act. The department revealed its decision to declassify the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court opinions in a filing with the federal court in the Northern District of California Wednesday. The government says it will provide […]

Job growth could cause scaleback of stimulus

Job growth could cause scaleback of stimulus

U.S. job creation probably picked up in August, signalling a steady pace of economic growth that would give the Federal Reserve ammunition to start scaling back its massive monetary stimulus this month. Employers are expected to have added 180,000 jobs to payrolls last month after creating 162,000 in July, according to a Reuters survey of […]

Candidate Obama was a dove but President Obama is a hawk

Candidate Obama was a dove but President Obama is a hawk

As a candidate focused on his own election, Barack Obama championed restraint and global cooperation when faced with security threats. Now, as commander in chief of a world superpower, his rhetoric of the past is being tested by the reality of today as he presses Congress to allow the United States to launch a military […]

American intel caught napping on Syrian chemical weapons

American intel caught napping on Syrian chemical weapons

U.S. intelligence agencies did not detect the Syrian regime readying a massive chemical weapons attack in the days ahead of the strike, only piecing together what had happened after the fact, U.S. officials say. One of the key pieces of intelligence that Secretary of State John Kerry later used to link the attack to the […]

Divided vote in Senate over Obama’s war plans; More trouble in House?

Divided vote in Senate over Obama’s war plans; More trouble in House?

A Senate panel’s deep divide over giving President Barack Obama the authority to use U.S. military force against Syria underscores the commander in chief’s challenge in persuading skeptical lawmakers and wary allies to back greater intervention in an intractable civil war. The administration was pressing ahead Thursday with its full-scale sales job, holding another round […]

Obama’s Syria proposal faces tough hearing in the House

Obama’s Syria proposal faces tough hearing in the House

The Obama administration is facing a tougher examination of its plans for military intervention in Syria, squaring off against tea party Republicans and other skeptical House members a day after gaining Speaker John Boehner‘s critical endorsement and finding significant support in the Senate. With President Barack Obama in Europe, his top national security aides were […]

Senate Republicans divided over Syria

Senate Republicans divided over Syria

President Barack Obama’s proposal to bomb Syria is dividing both political parties as they cope with Iraq war weariness and, in the GOP, the rise of libertarian sentiment. The dilemma is most acute, however, for Senate Republican leaders who already were worried about tea party-backed challengers to their re-election bids back home. Unlike his House […]

Uneasy GOP Presidential hopefuls forced to choose sides in Syria debate

Uneasy GOP Presidential hopefuls forced to choose sides in Syria debate

President Barack Obama’s plea to Congress for the go-ahead for military strikes against Syria is forcing ambitious Republicans weighing a White House bid to choose sides, as the party is bitterly divided over the U.S. role in foreign policy. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky remains unequivocal in his opposition, tangling with Secretary of State John […]

What convinced Obama to finally ask Congress for permission to do something?

What convinced Obama to finally ask Congress for permission to do something?

After putting a decision to launch military strikes on Syria into the hands of Congress, President Barack Obama is doing what his critics have long accused him of failing to do: reaching out, personally and aggressively, to lawmakers on Capitol Hill. While top lieutenants including Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry […]

Can Obama convince skeptics, lawmakers about Syria strike?

Can Obama convince skeptics, lawmakers about Syria strike?

Congress is holding its first public hearing about U.S. plans for military intervention in Syria as President Barack Obama seeks to convince skeptical Americans and their lawmakers about the need to respond to last month’s alleged sarin gas attack outside Damascus. Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. […]