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Critics speaking out on Obama’s NSA ‘reform’

Critics speaking out on Obama’s NSA ‘reform’

Leaders of the congressional intelligence committees are pushing back against a key part of President Barack Obama’s attempt to overhaul U.S. surveillance, saying it is unworkable for the government to let someone else control how Americans’ phone records are stored. Obama, under pressure over the controversy over government spying, said last week he wants bulk […]

Senate panel ready to OK background checks, other gun control measures

Senate panel ready to OK background checks, other gun control measures

  Democrats are ready to muscle expanded background checks and other gun curbs through a Senate committee, giving President Barack Obama an initial if temporary victory on one of his top priorities. The Senate Judiciary Committee was to debate a bill Tuesday that would broaden the requirement for federal background checks to nearly all firearms […]

Senate to start concentrating on gun control bills next week

Senate to start concentrating on gun control bills next week

The Senate Judiciary Committee seems all but certain to start voting on an assault weapons ban and other gun curbs next week, Congress’ first roll calls in response to the Newtown, Conn., slayings of 26 students and staff at an elementary school in December. The Democratic-written bills largely follow President Barack Obama’s proposals for limiting […]

Hillary Clinton on list for Supreme Court nod

Hillary Clinton on list for Supreme Court nod

Hillary Clinton on the Supreme Court? Don’t laugh. Sen Orrin Hatch of Utah says he’s heard the Secretary of State’s name mentioned as a potential nominee to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. “I heard Sen. Hillary Clinton’s name today and that would be an interesting person in the mix,” Hatch said on the “Today” […]