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 ...

May 23, 2015

Obama stays the course despite Islamic State advances in Iraq and Syria

U.S. President Barack Obama’s war strategy failed to stop Islamic State jihadis from overrunning Ramadi but he appears reluctant to change course. The disastrous fall of the Iraqi city exposed the limits of Obama’s policy, experts say, highlighting the sectarian divisions in Iraqi society ...

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

Racist search term points to White House in Google Maps

Google Maps has apologized after it emerged that searches using racist language pinpointed the White House, with the description of “iconic home of America’s president.” The incident surfaced after users noticed that searches combining a racial slur and the word “house” took people to ...

Obama moves to demilitarize U.S. police after string of 'abuses'

May 19, 2015

Obama moves to demilitarize U.S. police after string of 'abuses'

U.S. President Barack Obama plans to ban police from using tracked armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers and large-caliber firearms, in response to accusations that U.S. law enforcement has become too militarized. After controversy over the policing of high-profile protests in Baltimore, Maryland and Ferguson, ...

Obama enters Twitter age, opens @POTUS account

May 19, 2015

Obama enters Twitter age, opens @POTUS account

President Barack Obama is embracing short-form communication. Twitter has a new @POTUS account. For years, White House officials have used Twitter to communicate White House policy and occasional personal observations. But Obama himself pretty much stayed out of the social media fray. No longer. ...

Seattle, like it or not, becomes Shell's Arctic base

May 15, 2015

Seattle, like it or not, becomes Shell's Arctic base

The arrival in Seattle Thursday of an oil rig Royal Dutch Shell is outfitting for oil exploration in the remote Arctic Ocean marks a pivotal moment for an environmental movement increasingly mobilized around climate change. Activists paddling out in kayaks to meet the rig ...