NSA surveillance powers lapse after no deal in Senate

Jun 1, 2015

NSA surveillance powers lapse after no deal in Senate

Three U.S. spy programs aimed at stopping terrorists expired early Monday amid a standoff among Senate Republicans over legislation to renew them. For the first time since soon after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, intelligence and law enforcement agencies can’t initiate the use ...

Controversial post-9/11 surveillance laws set to expire

| May 31, 2015

Controversial post-9/11 surveillance laws set to expire

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Barring a last-minute deal in Congress, three post-Sept. 11 surveillance laws used against suspected spies and terrorists are set to expire as Sunday turns into Monday. Obama administration officials say their expiration will make Americans less secure. But civil liberties activists counter by saying ...

May 23, 2015

Senate blocks bill that would end U.S. bulk data collection

The U.S. Senate rejected legislation early Saturday aimed at reforming National Security Agency intelligence gathering, a blow to President Barack Obama and others who support ending the bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records. The House of Representatives passed the measure overwhelmingly last week, with ...

U.S. Senate OKs fast-track trade authority for Obama

May 23, 2015

U.S. Senate OKs fast-track trade authority for Obama

In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. Senate passage of the trade bill capped two weeks ...

May 21, 2015

House Republicans restrict 2016 spending on science by sector

U.S. House Republicans voted Wednesday to place limits on funding for scientific research, including climate change studies, as they passed legislation that more narrowly defines their priorities. Many in the American scientific community criticized the bill, which passed 217 votes to 205 and sets ...