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  • President Barack Obama sits with Attorney General Eric Holder Wednesday, May 15, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    White House: Prosecution Not Always The Best Way To Address Leaks

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, who has overseen a record number of leak prosecutions during his time in office, has directed his team to look into alternative ways to crack down on leaks without bringing criminal charges, a White House spokesman told […]

  • Janet Napolitano Leaving Homeland Security Post For Academic Post

    Janet Napolitano Leaving Homeland Security Post For Academic Post

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will announce her resignation on Friday, according to Reuters and theLos Angeles Times.
    The LA Times reports Napolitano will head to the University of California system to serve as its president:
    Napolitano’s nomination by a committee of UC regents came after […]

  • Former intelligence agency contractor Edward Snowden (C) and Sarah Harrison (L) of WikiLeaks speak to human rights representatives in Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport July 12, 2013. Snowden is seeking More...
Credit: REUTERS/Human Rights Watch/Handout

    Fugitive Snowden To Seek Temporary Asylum In Russia

     

    MOSCOW  – Ex-intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, encamped at a Russian airport evading the reach of U.S. authorities, said on Friday he had sacrificed a comfortable life in disclosing U.S. spying secrets but had no regrets.
    “A little over one month ago, […]

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  • Human Rights Groups Summoned To Meet Fugitive Snowden

    Human Rights Groups Summoned To Meet Fugitive Snowden

    MOSCOW – Former intelligence agency contractor Edward Snowden asked to meet human rights groups at a Moscow airport on Friday to discuss what he called threatening and illegal behavior by the United States to prevent him gaining asylum.
    Human rights activists […]

  • Fugitive Snowden Says U.S. Officials Preventing His Asylum

    Fugitive Snowden Says U.S. Officials Preventing His Asylum

    MOSCOW – Former intelligence agency contractor Edward Snowden said U.S. officials have been waging a campaign to prevent him from taking up offers of asylum, he said in a letter sent to a Human Rights Watch official and posted on Facebook.
    In […]

  • Immigration reform: What happens next? (VIDEO)

    Immigration reform: What happens next? (VIDEO)

    The Washington Post’s Nia-Malika Henderson hosts a Google Hangout on immigration reform and its tumultuous road ahead in the House.

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  • Is Edward Snowden Trapped?

    Is Edward Snowden Trapped?

    An air escape from Moscow unlikely for NSA leaker Edward Snowden …
    [button-black text=”READ MORE” Full Story” url=”http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/07/10/196362/trapped-an-air-escape-from-moscow.html#.Ud7ep2Q6XKA”]  Full Story At  McClatchy

  • U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) addresses reporters after the weekly Democratic caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington June 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

    Senate heads toward showdown on Obama nominees

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday said he will hold votes next week on a number of President Barack Obama’s embattled executive-branch nominees, setting up a showdown with Republicans over rules used to block confirmations.
    Unless Republicans […]

  • A man who did not want to be identified signs a petition to put Eliot Spitzer, right, on the ballot for New York City Comptroller in New York, Monday, July 8, 2013. Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who stepped down in 2008 amid a prostitution scandal, says he is planning a political comeback with a run for New York City comptroller.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Spitzer: Petition Signatures Collection For NYC Comptroller Campaign ‘Going Well’

    NEW YORK — Eliot Spitzer’s fledgling bid to return to politics is hours away from a key deadline. Thousands of petition signatures are due only four days after he launched his New York City comptroller campaign.
    The scandal-scarred ex-governor has until […]

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  • President Barack Obama waves on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, on Sunday, July 7, 2013, as he returns from the presidential retreat of Camp David, Md. PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS/JACQUELYN MARTIN

    Obama Pushes House Republicans On Immigration Reform

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama jumped into the immigration debate on Wednesday, releasing a report touting economic benefits from reform and meeting with Hispanic lawmakers, as House of Representatives Republicans gathered to try to craft their response.
    The release of the […]

  • VIDEO: Call force-feeding what it is: torture

    VIDEO: Call force-feeding what it is: torture

    What the U.S. is doing to Guantanamo detainees on hunger strikes.

  • A Tea Party member reaches for a pamphlet titled "The Impact of Obamacare", at a "Food for Free Minds Tea Party Rally" in Littleton, New Hampshire in this October 27, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi//Files

    Republicans Press White House To Delay Key Obamacare Mandate

    WASHINGTON  – Congressional Republicans pressed President Barack Obama on Tuesday to delay a requirement under his healthcare law for Americans to obtain insurance next year after the administration gave employers a one-year reprieve from having to provide it to staff.
    The U.S. […]

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  • Wisconsin Abortion Law Signed By Gov. Scott Walker Blocked By Judge

    Wisconsin Abortion Law Signed By Gov. Scott Walker Blocked By Judge

    MADISON, Wis. — A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order Monday evening to block enforcement of a new Wisconsin law that bans doctors who lack admitting privileges at nearby hospitals from performing abortions.
    U.S. District Judge William Conley granted […]

  • Congress Delays U.S. Aid To Syrian Rebels

    Congress Delays U.S. Aid To Syrian Rebels

    WASHINGTON – Congressional committees are holding up a plan to send U.S. weapons to rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad because of fears that such arms deliveries will not be decisive and might end up in the hands of Islamist […]

  • This Is What It Looks Like When You Force-Feed A GITMO Hunger Striker

    This Is What It Looks Like When You Force-Feed A GITMO Hunger Striker

    Very simply then: There are currently over 100 inmates at Guantanamo Bay who are carrying out a hunger strike. On July 5, the Guardian reported that approximately 45 of those on strike are “being fed enterally” — or, to use the lay term, […]

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  • Adm. William McRaven Shields Files About Raid On Osama Bin Laden’s Hideout From The Public

    Adm. William McRaven Shields Files About Raid On Osama Bin Laden’s Hideout From The Public

    WASHINGTON — The nation’s top special operations commander ordered military files about the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout to be purged from Defense Department computers and sent to the CIA, where they could be more easily shielded […]

  • Egyptian PM Deadlock Drags On As Hundreds Of Thousands Protest

    Egyptian PM Deadlock Drags On As Hundreds Of Thousands Protest

    CAIRO  – Deadlock over Egypt’s interim prime minister entered a third day on Monday after the Islamist Nour Party rejected candidates for interim prime minister, prolonging the impasse amid huge protests that turned violent and killed more than 35.

    Egypt’s military, […]

  • Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Act Decision Unpopular: Poll

    Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Act Decision Unpopular: Poll

    Americans have mixed feelings about the Supreme Court’s latest rulings, with a majority disapproving of its opinion on the Voting Rights Act, but in favor of two pro-gay marriage opinions, according to an ABC/Washington Post poll released Wednesday.
    Just a third said […]

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  • U.S. To Delay Key Health-Reform Provision To 2015

    U.S. To Delay Key Health-Reform Provision To 2015

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. administration on Tuesday said it will not require employers to provide health insurance for their workers until 2015, a move that delays a key provision of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law by a year.
    The delay, which […]

  • Protesters rally before the start of a special session of the Legislature in Austin, Texas July 1, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Stone

    Opponents of Texas abortion restrictions rally at Capitol

    AUSTIN, Texas  – Thousands of opponents of a Texas proposal to tighten abortion restrictions rallied outside the statehouse on Monday, giving a hero’s welcome to Democratic state Senator Wendy Davis, whose 11-hour speech stalled the measure last week.
    As the Republican-dominated […]

  • Student Loan Rates Double After Congressional Inaction

    Student Loan Rates Double After Congressional Inaction

    WASHINGTON — College students taking out new loans for the fall term will see interest rates twice what they were in the spring – unless Congress fulfills its pledge to restore lower rates when it returns after the July 4 […]

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  • George W. Bush Defends PRISM

    George W. Bush Defends PRISM

    Former President George W. Bush defended PRISM, the Internet spying program that began under his administration but remained secret until The Washington Postand The Guardian revealed its existence last month.
    “I put that program in place to protect the country. One of the certainties […]

  • LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 21: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the 81st annual U.S. Conference of Mayors at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on June 21, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Biden addressed about 150 mayors from across the country on issues including the economy, immigration reform and gun violence. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    Joe Biden Asks Ecuador To Turn Down Edward Snowden’s Asylum Request

    WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden has asked Ecuador to turn down an asylum request from National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, the country’s president said Saturday.
    Rafael Correa, in a weekly television address, offered little sympathy for the Obama administration’s […]

  • European Union Flag

    NSA Bugged European Union Offices, Computer Networks

    BERLIN, June 29 (Reuters) – The United States bugged European Union offices and gained access to EU internal computer networks, according to secret documents cited in a German magazine on Saturday, the latest in a series of exposures of alleged […]

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  • Edward Snowden to come home? VIDEO

    Edward Snowden to come home? VIDEO

    The case of former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden takes a twist as NBC news reports his father is confident the fugitive, holed up in a Moscow airport, will come home. Jessica Gray reports.

  • Snowden, a former contractor at the National Security Agency, is seen during a news broadcast on a screen at a shopping mall in Hong Kong (TYRONE SIU, REUTERS / June 26, 2013)

    Snowden’s father says former contractor may return if conditions met

     
    WASHINGTON – The father of former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden said in an interview that while he has not had recent contact with him, he is reasonably confident his son would return to the United States if certain […]

  • US Senate Passes Comprehensive Immigration Reform

    US Senate Passes Comprehensive Immigration Reform

    WASHINGTON — In a vote hailed by US President Barack Obama, the Senate on Thursday passed comprehensive immigration reform that would put 11 million undocumented people on a path to earning citizenship.
    Chants of “Yes we did!” erupted from the public […]

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  • SCOTUS Throws Out Ruling Blocking Texas Voter ID Law

    SCOTUS Throws Out Ruling Blocking Texas Voter ID Law

     

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has thrown out lower court rulings that blocked a Texas voter identification law and the state’s political redistricting plans as discriminatory.
    The court’s action Thursday was a predictable result of its major ruling two days earlier […]

  • Obama: I Won’t Be Scrambling Jets To Get Edward Snowden

    Obama: I Won’t Be Scrambling Jets To Get Edward Snowden

    DAKAR, Senegal — The United States won’t be scrambling military jets or engaging in high-level diplomatic bartering to get National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden extradited to the U.S., President Barack Obama said Thursday.
    Dismissing him as “a 29-year-old hacker,” Obama […]

  • People wait before boarding an Aeroflot Airbus A330 plane heading to the Cuban capital Havana at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport June 27, 2013. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

    Obama Says I Shouldn’t Have To Talk To Xi, Putin About Snowden

     

    DAKAR – President Barack Obama said on Thursday he had not yet spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping or Russian President Vladimir Putin about the U.S. request to extradite former American spy agency contractor Edward Snowden.
    Speaking at a news conference in […]

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  • Edward Snowden In 2009: Leakers Should Be ‘Shot In The Balls

    Edward Snowden In 2009: Leakers Should Be ‘Shot In The Balls

    NSA leaker Edward Snowden despised classified leaks in 2009, illustrating that the former Booz Allen Hamilton employee was not always the champion of transparency that he has become.
    The technology website ArsTechnica published IRC chats where he railed against a New […]

  • Senate Backs Border Amendment To Immigration Bill

    Senate Backs Border Amendment To Immigration Bill

    WASHINGTON – The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a $46 billion plan to increase federal law enforcement efforts at the U.S. border with Mexico, a move aimed at winning bipartisan passage this week of a comprehensive immigration bill.
    The amendment approved by […]

  • Supreme Court strikes federal marriage provision

    Supreme Court strikes federal marriage provision

    WASHINGTON — In a major victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in […]

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  • Texas Abortion Bill Filibustered By Wendy Davis Is Dead

    Texas Abortion Bill Filibustered By Wendy Davis Is Dead

     
     
    The Texas anti-abortion bill, which threatened to close nearly all of the abortion clinics in the state and prompted an 11-hour filibuster by state Sen. Wendy Davis (D), is dead, The Austin American-Statesman reported.
    Lawmakers had to vote on Senate Bill 5 before the […]

  • Obama Takes On Power Plants As Part Of New Climate Plan

    Obama Takes On Power Plants As Part Of New Climate Plan

    WASHINGTON  – President Barack Obama tried to revive his stalled climate change agenda on Tuesday, promising new rules to cut carbon emissions from U.S. power plants and other domestic actions including support for renewable energy.
    Obama also signaled he would block […]

  • Obama: Keystone XL Should Not Be Approved If It Will Increase Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Obama: Keystone XL Should Not Be Approved If It Will Increase Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will ask the State Department not to approve the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline unless it can first determine that it will not lead to a net increase in greenhouse gas emissions, a […]

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  • Voting Rights Act: President Obama, Reacts To Supreme Court Decision

    Voting Rights Act: President Obama, Reacts To Supreme Court Decision

     

    President Barack Obama reacted in a statement to the Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday striking down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act:
    I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision today. For nearly 50 years, the Voting Rights Act – enacted and […]

  • Supreme Court strikes down key part of Voting Rights Act

    Supreme Court strikes down key part of Voting Rights Act

    WASHINGTON  – The Supreme Court on Tuesday gutted a key portion of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, ruling that Congress used obsolete reasoning in continuing to force nine states, mainly in the South, to get federal approval for […]

  • Supreme Court Affirmative Action Decision

    Supreme Court Affirmative Action Decision

    By a 7-1 vote on Monday, the Supreme Court told an appeals court that it misinterpreted the justices’ precedent when reviewing the University of Texas at Austin’s affirmative action policy.
    The decision is a provisional victory for Abigail Fisher, a white […]

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