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Gorsuch, Trump

Democrats Question Independence Of Trump Supreme Court Nominee

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.

February 7, 2017
Ohio voters cast their votes at the polls for early voting in the 2012 U.S. presidential election in Medina Ohio

Senior Democrat: ‘No Doubt’ Russia Behind Hacks On U.S. Election Systems

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 Officials and experts have said the decentralized and outdated nature of U.S. voting technology makes such hacks more unlikely.

October 3, 2016
Backlit keyboard is reflected in screen of Apple Macbook Pro notebook computer in Warsaw February 6, 2012. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

Senator Feinstein’s Encryption Bill Angers Californians

“There is no olive branch or an open door for compromise,” Julie Samuels, executive director of Engine, an advocacy organization for tech startups and entrepreneurs, tells Newsweek. “This bill will unequivocally break encryption.”

April 16, 2016

Feinstein Says Islamic State Stronger, Criticizes U.S. Approach

Leading Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said on Sunday the United States is not doing enough to fight Islamic State, and the group is gaining strength outside Iraq and Syria.

November 22, 2015

The Numbers Don’t Lie: Women Make More Effective Legislators Than Men

Nobody in Congress does bipartisanship very well — but female legislators are more successful than the men.

February 20, 2015
Director of Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan takes questions from reporters during a press conference at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, December 11, 2014 (AFP/Jim Watson)

Q&A: Senate Torture Report Opens Political Wounds

Everything you need to know about our national debate over torture.

December 11, 2014

Report’s Release Strengthens U.S. Security And Stature, McCain Says

At least one prominent Republican backs Democrats’ decision to release the CIA torture report.

December 9, 2014
President Barack Obama says US ideals are more effective than torture techniques in fighting terrorism

Obama Says Report Shows CIA Torture Program At Odds With U.S. Values

Find out what President Obama has to say about the CIA torture report.

December 9, 2014

Senator Feinstein: CIA Abuses ‘A Stain On Our Values’

The senator is strongly defending the release of a startling report on the CIA’s use of torture.

December 9, 2014
Democrats, Sessions

Graphic Report On CIA Interrogations, Torture Released By Senate Panel

Inside the Senate’s shocking report on Bush-era torture.

December 9, 2014
Democrats, Sessions

Dianne Feinstein Leaving Senate Intelligence Job As Clash On Interrogations Report Is Unresolved

Senator Feinstein is taking on the CIA as Democratic control of the Senate draws to a close.

December 8, 2014

‘Roll Call’s’ Ten Richest Members Of Congress For 2014

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 […]

September 11, 2014

Since Its Founding, The CIA Rarely Has Met A Secret It Doesn’t Like

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 […]

August 7, 2014

Senate Report On CIA Abuses Delayed By Fight Over Classified Data

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 […]

August 6, 2014

Bergdahl Prisoner Exchange Sparks Bipartisan Backlash In Congress

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 […]

June 4, 2014

CIA’s Former Top Lawyer Fires Back At Senate Report, Criticizes Feinstein

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 […]

April 16, 2014

Senate Panel Vote On Releasing CIA Study Delayed

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 […]

March 28, 2014

Senate Leader Seeks New Inquiry Into CIA’s Monitoring Of Its Computers, Alleges ‘Intimidation’

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. […]

March 20, 2014

Feinstein: CIA May Have Violated Constitution With Monitoring Of Senate Staffers

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 […]

March 11, 2014

Feinstein Publicly Accuses CIA Of Spying On Senate Computers

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 […]

March 11, 2014