Barack Obama

On NSA, Obama says ‘trust me,” but can we?

On NSA, Obama says ‘trust me,” but can we?

President Barack Obama’s speech on Friday on intelligence reform marked a bullish shift in his approach to the National Security Agency. The president dropped the pretense that there was “nothing to see here” — which his administration has offered since former government contractor Edward Snowden first revealed the NSA.’s expanding surveillance. Obama now acknowledges that […]

Documentary found Romney a ‘cheap’ candidate

Documentary found Romney a ‘cheap’ candidate

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney may be a very wealthy man but when a filmmaker decided to document his two failed White House bids over six years, he was surprised to find how thrifty the former private equity executive was. “I was surprised that somebody that rich would be that cheap,” director Greg Whiteley […]

Obama talks curbs on some, but not all, of NSA’s abuses

Obama talks curbs on some, but not all, of NSA’s abuses

President Barack Obama’s orders to change some U.S. surveillance practices put the burden on Congress to deal with a national security controversy that has alarmed Americans and outraged foreign allies. Yet he avoided major action on the practice of sweeping up billions of phone, email and text messages from across the globe. In a speech […]

What Obama did and did not change on NSA spying

What Obama did and did not change on NSA spying

President Barack Obama is putting limits on the harvesting of Americans’ phone records and seeking revisions to a program that sweeps up email and Internet data around the world, seven months after former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden began divulging the secret spying. Some questions and answers about Obama’s plan: ___ Q: Why did […]

Obama calls for changes in NSA spying

Obama calls for changes in NSA spying

Seeking to calm a furor over U.S. surveillance, President Barack Obama on Friday called for ending the government’s control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans and immediately ordered intelligence agencies to get a secretive court’s permission before accessing such records. Still, he defended the nation’s spying apparatus as a whole, saying the […]

Congressional wrecking ball threatens foreign policy

Congressional wrecking ball threatens foreign policy

By design or accident, it is increasingly clear that the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s second-term foreign policy is a nuclear agreement with Iran. Whether Obama can succeed, however, now depends on Congress staying out of the negotiations. Over the last few weeks, 16 Democratic senators have supported a bill that would impose new sanctions […]

Senate expected to send $1.1 trillion budget to Obama

Senate expected to send $1.1 trillion budget to Obama

Drained of much of its vitriol over the budget, Congress is poised to adopt a $1.1 trillion package financing federal agencies this year, a bipartisan compromise that all but banishes the specter of an election-year government shutdown. The Democratic-controlled Senate planned to give final congressional approval to the immense spending measure, possibly as early as […]

Obama ready to accept some changes in NSA spying

Obama ready to accept some changes in NSA spying

President Barack Obama is expected to endorse changes to the way the government collects millions of Americans’ phone records for possible future surveillance, but he’ll leave many of the specific adjustments for Congress to sort out, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the White House intelligence review. That move would thrust much of the […]