CIA torture architect breaks silence to defend 'enhanced interrogation'
2014-04-18 21:10:18 UTC
The psychologist regarded as the architect of the CIA's “enhanced interrogation” program has broken a seven-year silence to defend the use of torture techniques against al-Qaida terror suspects in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
In an uncompromis...
Jimmy Carter says oil pipeline shouldn't be approved
2014-04-17 10:30:25 UTC
For the first time, a former U.S. president has come out against the Keystone XL pipeline.
The ex-president in question is Jimmy Carter.
The 39th president joined a group of Nobel laureates to sign a letter urging the current commander-in-ch...
Murder charges for former leader of the Ku Klux Klan
2014-04-16 02:11:13 UTC
Frazier Glenn Cross is accused of shooting to death a boy and his grandfather outside a Jewish community center near Kansas City, Kansas, on Sunday and then a woman at a nearby Jewish assisted living facility. He has been charged with one count of...
Suspect shouts 'Heil Hitler' from police car
2014-04-14 08:49:30 UTC
Kansas City - A Missouri man, with a long virulent history of anti-Semitism, is suspected of killing a boy and his grandfather outside a Jewish community center in Kansas City, and a woman at a Jewish assisted living facility nearby.
Senate torture report: CIA and White House under pressure
2014-04-11 17:37:42 UTC
Senate committee found CIA interrogations and detentions to be 'brutal' and urges administration to release report as quickly as possible. A leak of the major findings of a landmark Senate inquiry into the CIA’s post-9/11 torture of terrorism deta...
Obama Banks on Sebelius Leaving to Take Heat Off Party
2014-04-11 16:13:26 UTC
The departure of Kathleen Sebelius from President Barack Obama’s cabinet removes a focal point for criticism over Obamacare’s troubled rollout, right at a moment when the White House can blunt attacks with enrollment numbers that exceeded targets....
California Ranked Lowest in Government Data Access Study
2014-04-09 08:41:02 UTC
California, the U.S. state with the largest population and budget, offers the least website access to its government spending data, according to an analysis by the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group.
Alaska and Idaho also got failing gra...
Jeb Bush: Immigration is 'not a felony' but 'an act of love'
2014-04-07 00:26:50 UTC
Jeb Bush said the debate over immigration reform needs to move past derisive rhetoric describing illegal immigrants.
The former Florida governor said in an interview Sunday in College Station, Texas, that people who come to the United States il...
Fort Hood killings: US Army probes soldier's mental health
2014-04-03 16:47:39 UTC
The US Army is investigating whether psychological trauma was the reason a soldier carried out a deadly shooting spree at a Texas military base.
The man has not been named by the army but US media have identified him as 34-year-old Ivan Lopez.
US Supreme Court strikes down overall donor limits
2014-04-02 16:42:41 UTC
The US Supreme Court has struck down overall political campaign contribution limits for individual donors.
The court ruled 5-4 that individuals could give to candidates, parties and political groups without observing an overall cap of $123,200....
Obama healthcare 'here to stay'
2014-04-02 07:21:20 UTC
US President Barack Obama says his embattled signature healthcare programme is "here to stay" after more than 7 million Americans signed up.
He told reporters the law, nicknamed Obamacare, represented progress and benefitted the economy.
Top NATO commander general Philip Breedlove back to europe
2014-03-31 05:06:37 UTC
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has sent America’s top general in Europe back early from a trip to Washington in what a spokesman on Sunday called a prudent step given Russia’s “lack of transparency” about troop movements across the border with...
Obama formally proposes end to NSA bulk collection
2014-03-27 15:48:29 UTC
The Obama administration on Thursday formally proposed ending the National Security Agency's bulk collection of all US phone data.
Nearly 10 months after the Guardian exposed the controversial program, based on leaks from Edward Snowden, Presid...
End of NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone data
2014-03-25 06:19:21 UTC
The House intelligence committee is circulating a draft bill that would permit the government to acquire the phone or email records of an "individual or facility" inside the US for up to a year.
The move by the House intelligence committee's le...
Barack Obama seeks European support for harder line on Russia sanctions
2014-03-24 06:55:58 UTC
Barack Obama takes his hard line on Russia to Europe this week and will see how far European allies are willing to go to stop Moscow from moving deeper into Ukraine after annexing Crimea.
The US president will arrive in the Netherlands on Monda...
Google, Yahoo, Facebook to press Obama on NSA
2014-03-22 23:11:20 UTC
Technology industry leaders were due to question Barack Obama about privacy issues and his progress towards ending the National Security Agency's collection of bulk telephone data on Friday, in their second White House meeting over Silicon Valley'...
Report: Pentagon must focus on insider threat
2014-03-19 06:20:42 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Threats to Defense Department personnel and facilities increasingly are coming from trusted insiders, and to defeat them the Pentagon must beef up security from within, according to several reviews triggered by last year's Washin...
An Obama foreign policy sampler _ all in 1 day
2014-03-18 06:57:28 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Seldom has one day captured the breadth, aspirations and limitations of American foreign policy.
On Monday, President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on members of officialdom in a resurgent Russia, tried his hand at an elusive...
Former Obama adviser: Build Keystone XL pipeline
2014-03-14 03:21:12 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's former national security adviser said Thursday that Obama should approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline to send Russian President Vladimir Putin a message that "international bullies" can't use energy secur...
White House told of CIA move against Senate aides
2014-03-13 06:21:35 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA's director and its top lawyer told White House attorneys in advance about their plans to file an official criminal complaint accusing Senate Intelligence Committee aides of improperly obtaining secret agency documents, th...
Republican Jolly wins Fla. congressional race
2014-03-12 05:12:04 UTC
CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Republican David Jolly defeated Democrat Alex Sink on Tuesday in a Tampa-area House district where President Barack Obama's health care overhaul got its first test ahead of November's midterm elections and both sides ...
Senator: CIA improperly searched computer network
2014-03-11 17:15:21 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee accused the CIA Tuesday of criminal activity in improperly searching a computer network set up for lawmakers investigating allegations that the agency used torture in terror investiga...
DC mayor denies he knew of illegal shadow campaign
2014-03-10 23:59:58 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray denies he knew of an off-the-books "shadow campaign" to support his 2010 bid and personally requested the funds from an influential district businessman, he said Monday.
Assistant U.S. A...
Rand Paul wins CPAC presidential straw poll
2014-03-09 06:15:48 UTC
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — She was not on the speaking program, but Hillary Rodham Clinton had presence at the nation's largest annual gathering of conservative activists on Saturday, as high-profile Republicans launched a dual effort to attack the pro...
Tea party challengers struggle to continue success
2014-03-08 09:53:35 UTC
Four years after the tea party rocked the political world by ousting several prominent Republicans in Congress, the ultra-conservative movement finds itself with slimmer prospects as it moves into the new election season.
In Tuesday's first-in-...