Democrats have expressed worry that Gorsuch could act as a rubber stamp for the Republican president’s policies on a nine-seat Supreme Court poised to revert to a conservative majority. With four liberals and four conservatives now on the court, Gorsuch’s confirmation would restore the conservative majority that had existed for decades until the death last year of Justice Antonin Scalia.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said he doubts hackers could falsify vote tallies to affect the election outcome. Officials and experts have said the decentralized and outdated nature of U.S. voting technology makes such hacks more unlikely.
By CQ Roll Call staff WASHINGTON — They invested in an aquaculture business, a bank and good old blue chip stocks and bonds. The richest members of Congress found myriad ways to get wealthier in 2013, CQ Roll Call’s annual survey of congressional wealth shows. Many lawmakers’ portfolios shrugged off the effects of a government […]
By Michael Doyle and Marisa Taylor, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The CIA’s current fight to keep secret the details of its terror suspect interrogations echoes its long history of keeping the public in the dark, sometimes for decades. This latest skirmish pits the spy agency against the Senate Intelligence Committee, which wants to reveal […]
By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — A long-awaited Senate report on the CIA’s harsh interrogation of prisoners during the Bush administration will wait a while longer. The Senate and the White House can’t agree on what to release to the public. Last week, after months of review, the White House gave the Senate […]
By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday battled a bipartisan storm of criticism over President Barack Obama’s decision to order the exchange of Taliban leaders for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. Senior lawmakers from both parties are questioning the administration’s justification for acting without first consulting members of Congress […]
By James Rosen, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The CIA’s former top lawyer disputes Senate findings that the spy agency lied about its brutal interrogations of terrorists, insisting the tactics produced useful intelligence and flatly denying that the CIA misled the Bush administration, Congress and the American public. At the same time, John Rizzo, who […]
By David Lightman and Jonathan S. Landay, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats, locked in an unprecedented power struggle with the CIA, have added substantially to the material they want made public from their study of the agency’s use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods on suspected terrorists, committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein […]
By Jonathan S. Landay and Ali Watkins, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has ordered the Senate’s chief law enforcement officer to conduct a forensic examination of top-secret computers used for a study of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program, escalating an unprecedented battle over legislative oversight of the spy agency. […]
By Ali Watkins, Jonathan S. Landay and Marisa Taylor, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee threw down the gauntlet Tuesday morning in a feud unfolding between the CIA and its oversight panel, asserting that the agency may have broken the law in an effort to derail the panel’s report […]
By Ken Dilianian, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Senator Dianne Feinstein, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, escalated a behind-the-scenes dispute with the CIA by publicly accusing the spy agency of secretly searching a Senate computer system, an act she said undermines congressional intelligence oversight and may have violated the law. The expanding dispute […]