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Senators rip comptroller in Riggs case

WASHINGTON, April 21 (UPI) -- Senate Banking Committee leaders, citing issues at Riggs Bank, may try to strip U.S. bank regulators of their power to enforce money laundering laws.

Ala. Gov. Riley may sit out GOP convention

WASHINGTON, April 6 (UPI) -- Alabama Gov. Bob Riley will not lead the GOP delegation to the Republican National Convention and may sit it out entirely, the Mobile Register said Tuesday.

Fannie Mae opposing regulatory overhaul

WASHINGTON, March 29 (UPI) -- The largest U.S. provider of mortgage financing is opposing efforts in the Senate to overhaul home loan industry regulations.

Bush to name McCain to intel panel

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- President Bush is expected to name Sen. John McCain to a panel investigating U.S. pre-Iraq war intelligence activities, two senators confirmed Thursday.

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Rumsfeld spars with Dems over war budget

WASHINGTON, March 27 (UPI) -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told a Senate panel Thursday that the war in Iraq, while expensive, will be worth the money because it will deter terror. Democrats expressed concern that the administration wanted a blank check for the campaign.
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UPI's Capital Comment for Jan. 21, 2003

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Capital Comment -- Daily news notes, political rumors and important events that shape politics and public policy in Washington and the world from United Press I
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On Law: Don't make the FBI a whipping boy

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The 10-member presidential commission formed to ferret out government failures that led to the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has a chance to do an enormous
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

The Peter Principles: Pulling the switch

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Vermont Sen. Jim Jeffords became an important person in the spring of 2001 when he cast his lot with the Democrats. People who had ignored him during his 12 years in the Senate now referred to him glowingly as "a statesman." Jeffords handed control of the
PETER ROFF, United Press International

Panel finds agencies missed Sept. 11 signs

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. intelligence agencies initially failed to anticipate the threat posed by global terrorism and later missed general warnings before the Sept. 11 2001 terror attacks that killed about 3,000 people, according to a congressional panel.
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Panel approves 9/11 report

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- A joint congressional panel Tuesday approved a report detailing its investigation into the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on New York and Washington that killed about 3,000. The report -- which will be released in redacted form Wednesday -- is expected to
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The House of Lords is warning the British government its policies on asylum for refugees is helping to create an "ethnic underclass" of illegal immigrant workers whose numbers are growing across the country, United Press International reports.
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Analysis: Ire grows over Saudis

WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Deep unease over Saudi Arabia's allegiance to the United States in the war on terrorism simmered briskly here this week as new reports arose that Saudi money might have financed the al Qaida terrorist attack.
RICHARD TOMKINS, UPI White House Correspondent

New strain in US-Saudi ties

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- U.S.-Saudi relations were under increased strain Sunday amid suspicions that money from a Saudi Arabian princess may have helped two Sept. 11 terrorists who hij
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Think tanks wrap-up II

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The UPI think tank wrap-up is a daily digest covering opinion pieces, reactions to recent news events and position statements released by various think tanks. This is the second of two wrap-ups for Nov. 8.

UPI's Capital Comment for Nov. 7, 2002

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Capital Comment -- Daily news notes, political rumors, and important events that shape politics and public policy in Washington and the world from United Press International.
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White House objects to Sept.11 panel deal

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said Friday that the president was not satisfied with a tentative agreement reached between lawmakers on an independent Sept
SHARON OTTERMAN

Senators trade barbs over homeland bill

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- The Senate debate over the creation of a department of homeland security continued to flounder Tuesday as both parties traded accusations over an obscure labor-
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Lawmakers to refine Bush UN resolution

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Congressional lawmakers on Sunday said President George W. Bush's proposed resolution to force Iraqi disarmament needs fine-tuning, but will likely receive appr
KATHY A. GAMBRELL, UPI White House Reporter

Administration won't release 9-11 data

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- The administration has denied lawmakers investigating the Sept. 11 attacks permission to reveal whether the president or other White House staff received warning of potential terrorist attacks against the United States, including plans by al Qaida linked
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FBI, CIA heads push Bush security plan

WASHINGTON, June 27 (UPI) -- The president's proposed consolidation of dozens of federal agencies under a new homeland security agency will improve anti-terror performance without duplicati
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Report: Sept. 11 plot planned for 3 years

WASHINGTON, June 19 (UPI) -- The Sept. 11 plot was probably planned by al Qaida as far back as 1998, intelligence officials reportedly told a congressional panel on Tuesday.

Congress approves scope of Sept. 11 probe

WASHINGTON, June 4 (UPI) -- A joint committee of Congress Tuesday approved the format and rules for an extraordinary investigation into the performance of the nation's intelligence services in regard to the Sept. 11 terror attacks. The combined House and Senate intelligence committe
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Pre-Sept. 11 mishaps unfolding

WASHINGTON, June 3 (UPI) -- An extraordinary record of intelligence foul-ups has unfolded leaving the Bush administration acknowledging the Sept. 11 attacks that killed more than 3,000 Americans might have been prevented -- even before congressional hearings on the attacks open Tues
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