The Issue: Is the U.S. turning its back on Syrian refugees?

The Issue: Is the U.S. turning its back on Syrian refugees?

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Is the United States falling tragically short in its response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria, where three years of civil war have claimed about 50,000 civilian lives and produced nearly 2.3 million refugees, half of them children?
Decision of NSA data collection programs may be near

Decision of NSA data collection programs may be near

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama Thursday met with 16 members of Congress to discuss oversight of National Security Administration surveillance programs.

Lawmakers still see al-Qaida as players in Benghazi attack

WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Members of Congress said a New York Times investigation into the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi missed the mark on al-Qaida's reputed role.

Intel committee members say court discredited Snowden

WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- A key U.S. congressman said a recent court ruling on the National Security Agency undercut the message of NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

Timing of new Iran sanctions a dilemma for U.S.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Enacting new economic sanctions against Iran would increase the West's leverage in its efforts to curb Tehran's nuclear program, a U.S. congressman said Sunday.

Congressman criticizes U.S. for taking away credible threat with Syria

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said Sunday that the United States has taken away a credible military threat and given up its leverage with Syria.
Worry about U.S. smartphone surveillance, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden says

Worry about U.S. smartphone surveillance, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden says

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) -- Americans should be worried their smartphone use, text messages and Web surfing as well as phone calls, can be logged by Washington, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden warns.
Study:Surveillance judges mostly conservatives, former federal workers

Study:Surveillance judges mostly conservatives, former federal workers

WASHINGTON, July 26 (UPI) -- Judges appointed to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court are largely conservatives with experience in the executive branch, an analysis has found.

NASA urged to preserve funding for planetary science missions

LOS ANGELES, April 19 (UPI) -- Members of Congress say they've urged NASA to spare planetary science funding and resist pressures to make disproportionate cuts to the science budget.
Dozens of Dems may join GOP on contempt

Dozens of Dems may join GOP on contempt

WASHINGTON, June 27 (UPI) -- At least four Democrats in tough re-election fights said they will join Republicans in voting to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

Rep. Schiff: China, U.S. need each other

LOS ANGELES, June 5 (UPI) -- China and the United States have a mutual interest in resolving conflict on the Korean peninsula, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., says.

Ethics loopholes allow kin payments

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Rules for U.S. federal lawmakers forbid corporate financing to senators, but the same rules don't hold for senators' families, a report says.

Lawmakers slam ID rules that prompted suit

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Lawmakers are slamming new rules requiring background checks for federal employees, which have provoked a lawsuit from NASA scientists.

Lawmaker wants ban on spouse pay

SACRAMENTO, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- California is being urged to follow the lead of other states, including Ohio and Texas, in banning lawmakers from putting relatives on campaign payrolls.

New bill to enhance patent litigation

WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- To address the growing number of patent disputes, two House Representatives introduced a bill to improve patent litigation in District Courts.

Gonzales hints at wider surveillance

WASHINGTON, April 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told a House committee Thursday the president could order warrantless wiretaps of domestic communications.

U.S. funded Iraqi TV criticized

BAGHDAD, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., says Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi believes the U.S.-funded satellite TV station Alhurra is "a waste of money."

Think Tanks Wrap-up

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The UPI Think Tank Wrap-Up is a daily digest covering brief opinion pieces, reactions to recent news events, and position statements released by various think t

Proposal would allow armed cops on planes

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- LOS ANGELES, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The simple step of allowing off-duty police officers to carry their guns aboard airliners would act as a powerful deterrent to hi