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Former Justice Department lawyer says Bush’s domestic spying program is illegal

By PETE YOST

A former top national security lawyer at the Justice Department questions the Bush administration's legal rationale for its warrantless eavesdropping program, newly released documents show.

David Kris, now…

Americans fear government is too secretive

By THOMAS HARGROVE and GUIDO H. STEMPEL III

Most Americans think the federal government operates with "too much secrecy" and overwhelmingly believe that public access to official records is critical to…

Better late than never?

By DALE McFEATTERS

It's rather late in the game for President Bush to get tough on federal spending, which has risen by nearly half on his watch, but the president, as…

Abramoff says Bush is lying about not knowing him

Convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff says President Bush knew him well enough to joke with him about weightlifting. "What are you benching, buff guy?" Abramoff said Bush asked him. The president…

Judge rules U.S. violates alternative fuel laws

A federal judge ruled that the Bush administration is violating a 1992 law aimed at increasing the country's use of alternative fuel vehicles.

The Department of Energy has ignored a requirement…

Congress wants age info on sex scenes on TV, film

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved child-safety legislation that includes a provision bringing some legitimate film and TV productions under the same federal-reporting requirements as X-rated films.

Under a provision…

The ‘ex’ factor

By MARTIN SCHRAM There may be hope for Washington yet. We may have found a solution for reversing the partisan politics of hate that has crippled governance in the nation's capital. Call…

States provide battlefield for abortion war

By MARGARET TALEV
McClatchy Newspapers

First a celebration, then a fight over strategy, now a campaign on two fronts.

That's how the nation's anti-abortion movement has reacted since South Dakota last…

Patriot Act barely passes in House

By LAURIE KELLMAN

Law enforcement officials get to keep their antiterror tools, but with some new curbs, under the USA Patriot Act renewal passed by the House in a cliffhanger…

DeLay an easy winner in Texas GOP primary

Scandal-scarred U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay won handily in the Republican primary for his congressional seat on Tuesday, taking 61 percent of the votes against three opponents.

The race had been seen…