Landmark bill to limit NSA surveillance dies in Senate – live updates


Bill to restrict NSA surveillance must clear 60-vote threshold to proceed. Follow the latest in our live blog 8.24pm ET It’s done. The USA Freedom Act has died in the 113th Congress. I’ve just filed a broader piece on this, but I thought I might offer some thoughts -- questions, really -- on what happens next.Does the Obama administration seek to re-up the domestic phone records bulk collection? The Fisa Court’s most recent bulk order lasts through December 11. Chances are Team Obama will want Read more [...]

Verizon Encourages Swift Passage in Senate of Permanent Internet Tax Moratorium


WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today overwhelmingly passed the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (H.R. 3086), or ITFA, originally introduced by Reps. Robert Goodlatte (R-Virginia) and Anna Eshoo (D-California). The House measure is similar to the legislation introduced in the Senate (S. 1431) by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and John Thune (R-South Dakota). The following statement should be attributed to Peter Davidson, Verizon senior vice president, federal government relations: Read more [...]

Obama court nominee faces tough questions from Senate Democrats


President Obama’s controversial pick for a federal judgeship in Georgia told senators that votes he cast as a state legislator would not be “indicative” of how he would decide cases, as he sought to win over Democrats skeptical of his record on civil rights, abortion and other politically…
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Former Homeland Security watchdog comes under fire in Senate


Charles K. Edwards revised reports and delayed investigations at the request of aides to former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, a Senate inquiry says.WASHINGTON — The former top watchdog for the Homeland Security Department rewrote reports and slowed investigations at the request of senior staff for then-Secretary Janet Napolitano, a review conducted by Senate staff found. Nation - latimes.com Read more [...]

Secret Senate report harshly critical of CIA interrogations


Those who have read the classified document say it's a scathing indictment of the agency and its treatment of Al Qaeda detainees. WASHINGTON — A secret Senate report on the CIA's treatment of Al Qaeda detainees from 2001 to 2006 concludes that the spy agency used brutal, unauthorized interrogation techniques, misrepresented key elements of the program to policymakers and the public, and actively sought to undermine congressional oversight, officials who have read the report say. Nation - latimes.com Read more [...]

Democratic turnout seen as key to party’s retaining Senate control


The Democratic Party is tackling a historical weakness: the failure of Democratic voters to show up for midterm elections. WASHINGTON — Faced with a strong prospect of losing control of the Senate in November, Democrats have begun a high-stakes effort to try to overcome one of their party's big weaknesses: voters who don't show up for midterm elections. Nation - latimes.com Read more [...]

US Senate Panel May Soon Release ‘Scathing’ Report On CIA Interrogation Program


A US Senate committee will vote next week on whether to declassify its report on a CIA interrogation program, potentially shedding light on some of the most objectionable tactics of America's war on terror. Disputes over the 6,300-page review and the years-long research conducted by Intelligence Committee staff have led to a rift between the Central Intelligence Agency and the panel, which is headed by Senator Dianne Feinstein. She said Wednesday that a vote is expected April 3, after one Read more [...]