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Unemployment bill headed to the House

Unemployment bill headed to the House

Election-year legislation to resume long-term jobless benefits is headed to the House, where a small band of dissident Republicans is leaning on Speaker John Boehner to permit a vote on resuming aid to more than 2 million victims of the Great Recession. “As many Americans continue to struggle without benefits, we respectfully request that the […]

Vote to release terror report summary due in Senate

Vote to release terror report summary due in Senate

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s expected vote to approve declassifying part of a secret report on Bush-era interrogations of terrorism suspects puts the onus on the CIA and a reluctant White House to speed the release of one of the most definitive accounts about the government’s actions after the 9/11 attacks. Even as Thursday’s vote neared, […]

CIA-Senate spat raises concerns about oversight

CIA-Senate spat raises concerns about oversight

The government’s top intelligence lawyers on Wednesday renewed assurances that Congress is adequately monitoring U.S. surveillance programs. But it’s suddenly an awkward argument for the Obama administration, since the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee publicly accused the CIA of illegally monitoring its investigators as they carried out their oversight duties. Since disclosures about the […]

A widening rift between the Senate and CIA

A widening rift between the Senate and CIA

The standoff between the CIA and the Senate Intelligence Committee at its core is a battle over who owns the official history of one of the darkest eras in American spying — the brutal interrogations of al-Qaida prisoners in “black site” prisons abroad. The rift has bared long-standing institutional failures and simmering tensions between the […]

Obama’s civil rights pick blocked in Senate

Obama’s civil rights pick blocked in Senate

Should a lawyer be disqualified from public service for representing a client like a cop killer? The question arises after the Senate rejected President Barack Obama’s candidate to be the government’s chief civil rights attorney. The White House, attorneys and civil rights groups argued that a bipartisan vote Wednesday blocking Debo Adegbile from advancing toward […]