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Senate panel votes to declassify part of torture report

Senate panel votes to declassify part of torture report

WASHINGTON, April 3 (UPI) -- The Senate Intelligence Committee voted 11-3 Thursday to release portions of its findings on the CIA's detention and interrogation methods.
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White House aware of CIA report on Senate staff

White House aware of CIA report on Senate staff

WASHINGTON, March 13 (UPI) -- The White House acknowledged it knew of a Central Intelligence Agency report saying Senate staffers committed a crime by taking documents from a CIA computer.

Detainees face uncertainty as U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A small number of U.S. detainees in Afghanistan are in legal limbo as Washington works toward ending its military presence by the end of 2014, officials say.
Former Sen. Sam Nunn confidant in his daughter's congressional race

Former Sen. Sam Nunn confidant in his daughter's congressional race

ATLANTA, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn says he believes his daughter, who is currently running for a Senate seat in Georgia, has a good chance of winning.

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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.
At year's end: Washington starts, end 2013 working on budget matters

At year's end: Washington starts, end 2013 working on budget matters

From the get-go, 2013 was turbulent in Washington. Crises rolled over the nation's capital like thunderheads after President Obama took his second oath of office on a crisp January day.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
Senate votes to end debate on bipartisan budget deal

Senate votes to end debate on bipartisan budget deal

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate voted 67-33 Tuesday to end debate on a bipartisan budget deal, clearing the way for an up-or-down vote.

GOP senator says U.S. gets nothing in return for easing Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- A Republican congressman said Sunday's nuclear deal with Iran comes at a time when the Obama administration should be on the offensive.

Jason Carter to challenge Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal in 2014

ATLANTA, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Georgia state Sen. Jason Carter, grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, announced he will challenge Republican Gov. Nathan Deal in next year's election.

Kerry predicts Congress will approve attack on Syria

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday he was confident Congress would authorize a U.S. attack on Syria, but lawmakers were less confident.
Threats, jail breaks may blunt Obama plan to empty Guantanamo

Threats, jail breaks may blunt Obama plan to empty Guantanamo

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- President Obama's push to close the U.S. prison camp in Cuba has been jeopardized by threats and jailbreaks that freed hundreds of terrorists, officials say.
State Department continually evaluating intel on threats to missions

State Department continually evaluating intel on threats to missions

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- The State Department will evaluate intelligence it receives before deciding whether to open or close any more embassies, a department spokeswoman said Monday.

Senator says Congress has access to NSA details

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The vice chairman on the U.S. Senate intelligence Committee denied members of Congress were being blocked from seeing details of intelligence programs.

Suspicious substance sent in letters to 10 U.S. senators

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- Mail with a suspicious granular substance sent to 10 U.S. senators was intercepted at a screening facility, the Senate sergeant at arms said Wednesday.
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.
The Issue: A decade after 9/11, time for change

The Issue: A decade after 9/11, time for change

Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown appears to apply to U.S. President Barack Obama, a constitutional lawyer coming to grips with government policies that keep prisoners of war incarcerated without hope of release and executes U.S. nationals overseas without benefit of trial.
MARCELLA KREITER, United Press International

Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., won't make a run for Senate

WASHINGTON, May 8 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., said he won't seek the state's open U.S. Senate seat, sending Democrats scrambling for a candidate.
President Obama hits links with Sens. Corker, Chambliss, Udall

President Obama hits links with Sens. Corker, Chambliss, Udall

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md., May 6 (UPI) -- President Obama practiced golf cart, not shuttle, diplomacy as he and three U.S. senators played a bipartisan round of golf at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.
Lawmakers call for stronger U.S. action in Syria

Lawmakers call for stronger U.S. action in Syria

WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- Republican lawmakers are pressing for U.S. intervention in Syria's civil war, while Democrats call for increased aid but do not rule out military action.

Senators urge cautious action on Syrian conflict

WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- A trio of U.S. senators said the Obama administration must do more to identify and assist friendly elements of the anti-Assad rebel forces fighting in Syria.
Deal reached on gun background checks

Deal reached on gun background checks

WASHINGTON, April 10 (UPI) -- A bipartisan group of U.S. senators announced Wednesday they have agreed on a proposal to expand background checks for gun purchases to all commercial sales.
Bloomberg group grades lawmakers' gun votes

Bloomberg group grades lawmakers' gun votes

NEW YORK, April 9 (UPI) -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition will now rate lawmakers on their gun records, the coalition's director said.
Obama, Ryan, Van Hollen to meet for lunch

Obama, Ryan, Van Hollen to meet for lunch

WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) -- President Obama's outreach to congressional Republicans includes a lunch with House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the 2012 GOP vice presidential candidate.

Secret courts could rule on drone strikes

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Congress is considering creation of secret courts to rule on whether drones can be used to kill terrorist suspects on foreign soil, lawmakers and experts say.
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