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Obama set to meet with privacy, civil liberties board

Obama set to meet with privacy, civil liberties board

President Barack Obama is holding his first meeting with a privacy and civil liberties board Friday as he seeks to make good on his pledge to have a public discussion about secretive government surveillance programs. Obama has said the little-known Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board will play a key role in that effort. The […]

Boehner caught between GOP, Dems on immigration bill

Boehner caught between GOP, Dems on immigration bill

The immigration protesters advanced on the news conference, poking signs that read “Do Not Reward Criminals” and “No Amnesty!” over the heads of Republicans who had just finished speaking about finding a civilized tone in the year’s most difficult debate. As the politicians ducked out of camera range, one Hispanic pastor who had appeared with […]

Senate close to compromise on border security

Senate close to compromise on border security

White House-backed immigration legislation is gaining momentum in the Senate, where key lawmakers say they are closing in on a bipartisan compromise to spend tens of billions of dollars stiffening the bill’s border security requirements without delaying legalization for millions living in the country unlawfully. “This is a key moment in the effort to pass […]

Obama will use executive orders to tackle global warming

Obama will use executive orders to tackle global warming

President Barack Obama is planning a major push using executive powers to tackle the pollution blamed for global warming in an effort to make good on promises he made at the start of his second term. “We know we have to do more — and we will do more,” Obama said Wednesday in Berlin. Obama’s […]

House set to vote on cuts in farm crop insurance

The House will vote Thursday on whether to cut federally-subsidized crop insurance that helps farmers when they lose crops or revenue. The amendment by Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., would limit government help for crop insurance paid to wealthy farmers and limit the subsidies the government gives crop insurance companies. A vote on the amendment is […]

Some Republicans admit: ‘We’re in a death spiral as a party’

Some Republicans admit: ‘We’re in a death spiral as a party’

Republicans continued their march towards irrelevancy Tuesday by passing strict abortion-restricting legislation that will never become law and reiterating their opposition to relaxing laws against immigration. As America moves towards the moderate center and embraces gay marriage, open borders and freedom of choice for women, the rabid right-wing that controls the GOP continues to fly […]

Obama uses obscure, untested oversight board to justify NSA spying on Americans

Obama uses obscure, untested oversight board to justify NSA spying on Americans

The obscure oversight board that President Barack Obama wants to scrutinize the National Security Agency’s secret surveillance system is little known for good reason. The U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has operated fitfully during its eight years of low-profile existence, stymied by congressional infighting and, at times, censorship by government lawyers. The privacy […]

Senate immigration bill gets boost from budget office

Senate immigration bill gets boost from budget office

Supporters of a far-reaching immigration bill in the Senate see fresh momentum from a report by the Congressional Budget Office that says the measure would boost the economy and reduce federal deficits by billions of dollars. Congress’ nonpartisan scorekeeping agency said Tuesday that the immigration bill would decrease federal red ink by $197 billion over […]

Obama lies, downplays impact of government spying on Americans

Obama lies, downplays impact of government spying on Americans

President Barack Obama, lying outright in an televised interview on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) Monday,  claimed the U.S. is spying only on foreign citizens. In an interview with Charlie Rose, Obama said “if you’re a U.S. person, then NSA is not listening to your phone calls and it’s not targeting your emails” but records […]