June 25, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Once a month, a group of staff members from the House and Senate intelligence committees drives across the Potomac River to CIA headquarters in Virginia, assembles in a secure room and begins the grim task of watching videos of the latest drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen. Sometimes they see Hellfire missiles hit buildings after suspected terrorists have entered. Other times they can make out a group or a vehicle consumed in a fiery blast. Occasionally, a smaller explosion kills just one person, as officials say happened when a missile this month crashed into a room in Pakistan's tribal areas and killed Abu Yahya al Libi, Al Qaeda's No. 2. The videos are much sharper than the grainy drone imagery that can be viewed on the Web. "You can see exactly what is going on," said a senior congressional aide, who, like other officials, spoke about the highly classified program on the condition he not be identified.
October 18, 2002 |
ATLANTA -- President Bush campaigned Thursday for two Republican upstarts in Georgia -- one seeking to unseat an incumbent governor, the other hoping to oust a sitting senator -- then traveled to Florida to help his younger brother's bid for another gubernatorial term. With control of the House and Senate at stake in the Nov. 5 elections, the president plunged with relish into the final campaign "sprint" that is expected to take him coast to coast in the next 2 1/2 weeks.
April 30, 2002 |
Working undercover, congressional investigators gained unauthorized access to four Atlanta federal buildings and easily sneaked briefcases and packages past security checkpoints. One investigator obtained two different security badges and a guard's after-hours access code, according to a General Accounting Office report obtained Monday by Associated Press. One pass allowed the investigator to carry a firearm in the buildings.
May 10, 2006 |
President Bush's CIA nominee, Gen. Michael V. Hayden, canvassed Capitol Hill on Tuesday addressing Republican and Democratic concerns about a military officer running the civilian agency and about his close ties to the warrantless surveillance program. In a break with the White House, House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) said he was surprised by the nomination and concerned about Hayden's background. "I don't think a military guy should be head of CIA, frankly," Hastert said.
June 2, 2003 |
Owners of a Georgia barbecue chain say they were just trying to help out two Republicans -- Jeb Bush and Saxby Chambliss -- by supplying food and catering services for 2002 campaign events. But Democratic foes are questioning the legality of the donations to the Florida governor and the Georgia congressman, who was elected to the Senate in 2002. A search of federal and state financial reports turned up no record of the contributions. The donations are listed in an Oct.
May 18, 2011 |
The remaining five senators working on deficit reduction legislation emerged from closed-door talks Wednesday to announce they would continue meeting despite having lost a key Republican in the bipartisan talks. The senators jointly said they would meet again Thursday, according to a spokesman for Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois, the top Democrat in the group. But whether the senators will be able to coalesce around a bipartisan budget proposal remains unknown. Many in Washington considered the group essentially defunct after Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma announced this week he would be taking a break from participation.
May 26, 2011 |
A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday that would grant President Obama's request to extend Robert Mueller's term as FBI director. Obama asked for the two-year extension earlier this month, calling Mueller the "gold standard for leading the bureau. " Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and ranking Republican Charles Grassley of Iowa brought the legislation along with Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.)
June 9, 2013
Re "Military on the spot over sex assaults," June 5 Two respected U.S. senators - both women - are sponsoring legislation to shift decisions on serious crimes in the military, including rape, from commanders to independent military prosecutors. The highest levels in all services, including the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, would rather not see that authority taken away from commanders. The photo accompanying the article offers one possible reason for their position.
January 26, 2013 |
Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, a liberal Democrat and a champion for Americans with disabilities, announced Saturday that he will not run for reelection next year, deciding that 40 years in Congress is enough. Harkin's retirement gives Republicans a chance to pick up a Senate seat during next year's midterm elections. They need to gain six seats to retake control of the Senate. But Sen. Michael Bennet, who chairs the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said Harkin's early announcement gives the party ample time to recruit a strong candidate to run next year.
February 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- In a surprise announcement that adds to a growing list of Senate retirements, Nebraska Republican Mike Johanns said Monday that he will not seek a second term in 2014. Johanns, who was elected to two terms as the state's governor and served in George W. Bush's Cabinet as agriculture secretary, said in a letter to his constituents that it was simply the right time to end his three decades-long career in public office. "Between the two of us, we have been on the ballot for primary and general elections 16 times and we have served in eight offices. It is time to close this chapter of our lives," Johanns wrote along with his wife, Stephanie, who was a county commissioner and state senator.