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Obama under pressure to act on immigration

Obama under pressure to act on immigration

Frustrated with the failure of House Republicans to tackle immigration, advocates are demanding that President Barack Obama use his powers as chief executive to stop deportations or provide some relief to many of the 11 million immigrants living here illegally. Obama insists that the nation’s laws limit his ability to act unilaterally, even though his […]

Is Homeland Security shifting focus away from immigration?

Is Homeland Security shifting focus away from immigration?

President Barack Obama’s selection of a former top Pentagon lawyer to head the Homeland Security Department suggests the agency will be stepping back from its preoccupation with immigration to focus more on protecting the nation from attack. Jeh C. Johnson, if confirmed by the Senate, would replace Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who left the […]

Questions over police shooting of unarmed woman near Capitol

Questions over police shooting of unarmed woman near Capitol

Law enforcement authorities were investigating why a Connecticut woman tried to breach a barrier at the White House, setting off a high-speed car chase that put the Capitol on lockdown and ended with her being shot dead by police. The harrowing chase Thursday unfolded between two national landmarks, briefly shuttered the chambers where federal lawmakers […]

Immigration bill starts run of political gauntlet in Senate

Immigration bill starts run of political gauntlet in Senate

A bill to enact dramatic changes to the nation’s immigration system and put some 11 million immigrants here illegally on a path to citizenship is facing its first congressional test. The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday was to begin considering proposed changes to the 844-page legislation, with some 300 amendments pending on a wide range […]

Cops have suspect in ricin mailing to Senator

Police have a suspect in mind as they investigate a letter mailed to Sen. Roger Wicker that tested positive for poisonous ricin, a Senate colleague said. “The person that is a suspect writes a lot of letters to members,” Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said Tuesday as she emerged from a classified briefing. Authorities declined to […]

Different federal agencies offer different sequestration furloughs

Different federal agencies offer different sequestration furloughs

Federal workers could face seven days of furloughs at the Housing and Urban Development Department, but Homeland Security personnel might see twice that number. At the Environmental Protection Agency, workers would get four-day holiday weekends with a catch — one day would be a furlough day. Other agencies are avoiding furloughs altogether. Government agencies vary […]

White House planning executive order on cyber-security

White House planning executive order on cyber-security

The White House is preparing to direct federal agencies to develop voluntary cybersecurity guidelines for owners of power, water and other critical infrastructure facilities, according to people who said they had seen recent drafts of an executive order. The prospective order would give the agencies 90 days to propose new regulations and create a new […]

Former Secret Service agents say ‘mall cops look more professional’ than those now guarding the President

Former Secret Service agents say ‘mall cops look more professional’ than those now guarding the President

Some concerned former Secret Service agents, fearing the agency they once proudly served has become a “frat boy hangout that makes mall cops look more professional,” blame transfer of the service to the Department of Homeland Security for the recent prostitution scandal that has tarnished the image of those who protect the President of the […]

House vote sets up a cybersecurity showdown

House vote sets up a cybersecurity showdown

The House’s solid bipartisan vote for a cybersecurity bill sends a message to the Senate: Now it’s your turn to act. Ignoring a White House veto threat, the House approved the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which would encourage companies and the federal government to share information collected on the Internet to help prevent […]

Congress divided over how or even if to deal with cyberthreats

Congress divided over how or even if to deal with cyberthreats

The mysterious caller claimed to be from Microsoft and offered step-by-step instructions to repair damage from a software virus. The electric power companies weren’t falling for it. The caller, who was never traced or identified, helpfully instructed the companies to enable specific features in their computers that actually would have created a trapdoor in their […]