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February 5, 2006 | Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
Since George W. Bush became president, Republicans in Congress have nearly always marched in lock step with him. In large measure, their clout as lawmakers was enhanced by standing shoulder to shoulder with the president. But that equation may be changing, and a crucial test comes next week when a Senate hearing opens into Bush's domestic spying program.
February 1, 2006 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
An Internet rights group filed suit Tuesday against AT&T, accusing the long-distance telephone giant of violating federal privacy laws by helping the National Security Agency monitor calls and e-mail as part of its recently disclosed domestic spying operation.
January 26, 2006 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
President Bush made a rare visit Wednesday to the National Security Agency, the office at the center of the controversy over warrantless eavesdropping, telling employees there: "When terrorist operatives are here in America communicating with someone overseas, we must understand what's going on." And he urged Americans to take seriously the words of Osama bin Laden, likely the NSA's No. 1 target, in an audiotape released last week.
January 12, 2006 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
President Bush acknowledged Wednesday that congressional hearings into his domestic spying program were inevitable, but he said they would be "good for democracy" as long as they did not "tell the enemy what we're doing."
January 12, 2006 | Laura K. Donohue, LAURA K. DONOHUE is a fellow at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation and author of the forthcoming "Counterterrorism and the Death of Liberalism" (Cambridge University Press).
CONGRESS WILL soon hold hearings on the National Security Agency's domestic spying program, secretly authorized by President Bush in 2002. But that program is just the tip of the iceberg. Since 9/11, the expansion of efforts to gather and analyze information on U.S. citizens is nothing short of staggering. The government collects vast troves of data, including consumer credit histories and medical and travel records.
December 31, 2005 | Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writer
The Justice Department disclosed Friday that it was investigating who had leaked classified information about President Bush's top-secret domestic spying program -- paving the way for a potentially contentious criminal probe that could reach high into the White House, Congress and the courts. Several U.S. officials familiar with the investigation -- which is in its infancy -- said it would be conducted by FBI agents trained in probing national security and counterintelligence matters.
December 18, 2005 | Rick Schmitt and Mary Curtius, Times Staff Writers
President Bush, facing fresh criticism about how he has waged the war on terrorism, acknowledged Saturday that after the Sept. 11 attacks he authorized a secret eavesdropping program in the U.S. that operates without court warrants. He said the program was vital to saving American lives and that he had no intention of stopping it. In an unusual live radio broadcast from the White House, he detailed what he described as a "highly classified" program to root out terrorists.
March 11, 2005 | Joel Havemann, Times Staff Writer
As a rebellion by fiscal conservatives broke out in the House, the Senate Budget Committee on Thursday passed a $2.6-trillion budget for fiscal 2006 that would allow the extension of many of the tax cuts enacted during President Bush's first term. The Senate budget puts the deficit at $362 billion -- $28 billion less than in Bush's proposed budget and $14 billion less than the version the House Budget Committee completed Wednesday.
March 10, 2005 | Joel Havemann, Times Staff Writer
The House Budget Committee passed and sent to the House floor Wednesday night a $2.57-trillion budget for fiscal year 2006 that would cut domestic programs slightly more than President Bush had proposed but left room for increased defense spending and tax cuts. The committee's Republicans defeated a Democratic amendment to require that legislation to increase spending or cut taxes include provisions to neutralize the effect on the deficit.
January 10, 2003 | Nick Anderson, Times Staff Writer
WASHINGTON -- With budgets for most federal agencies still in limbo, congressional Republicans are drafting a spending bill for the 3-month-old fiscal year that would slash billions of dollars for domestic programs the Senate approved when it was under Democratic control last year. The bill will hew to the tight constraint of $385 billion that President Bush set for domestic spending after the Republicans gained full control of Congress in the midterm elections.
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