Saxby Chambliss

Obama faces spying critics

Obama faces spying critics

Struggling to salvage a massive surveillance program, President Barack Obama faced congressional critics of the National Security Agency’s collection of Americans’ telephone records Thursday as snowballing concerns made new limitations on the intelligence effort appear increasingly likely. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden joined lawmakers on both sides of the issue for an Oval Office […]

Differences over abortion highlight Georgia Senate race

Differences over abortion highlight Georgia Senate race

The four Georgia Republicans who want to succeed retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss all call themselves conservatives who oppose abortion. Two are congressmen who recently voted in favor of a House bill to outlaw nearly all abortions beyond the 20th week after conception. Another candidate, a former secretary of state with her own national profile in […]

Lawmakers warn of threat to U.S. from Syrian chemical weapons

Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons could be a greater threat after that nation’s president leaves power and could end up targeting Americans at home, lawmakers warned Sunday as they considered a U.S. response that stops short of sending military forces there. U.S. officials last week declared that the Syrian government probably had used chemical weapons […]

Lawmakers want to know who knew about Boston bombers and who ignored the threat

Lawmakers want to know who knew about Boston bombers and who ignored the threat

Lawmakers are asking tough questions about how the government tracked suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev when he traveled to Russia last year, renewing criticism from after the Sept. 11 attacks that failure to share intelligence may have contributed to last week’s deadly assault. Following a closed-door briefing on Capitol Hill with the FBI and […]

Congress pontificated against earmarks, then then packed bill with pork

Congress pontificated against earmarks, then then packed bill with pork

More than two dozen senators — most of them Republicans — put hundreds of homestate projects in the $1.3 trillion bill to fund the federal government even though they recently voted to ban so-called earmarks. The effort to pass the 1,924-page bill collapsed Thursday night after complaints by conservatives over its complexity and size and […]