Congress sends Obama $1.1 trillion spending bill

Dec 14, 2014

Congress sends Obama $1.1 trillion spending bill

A $1.1 trillion spending bill is on its way to President Barack Obama for his signature. The Senate voted 56-40 on Saturday for the long-term funding bill, the main item left on Congress’ year-end agenda. The measure provides money for nearly the entire government ...

CIA medics aided and improved interrogation tactics: report

Dec 13, 2014

CIA medics aided and improved interrogation tactics: report

From the early stages of the CIA’s coercive interrogations of terrorism detainees, the agency’s health professionals were intimately involved. Front-line medics and psychologists monitored and advised on abusive tactics, even as they sometimes complained about the ethical dilemmas gnawing at them, according to last ...

Dec 12, 2014

TPP odds now 'higher than 50-50': Obama

The chances that U.S. negotiators can bring home a strong trade deal with Asia-Pacific countries are now much better than 50-50, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday. Obama said he was also confident the administration could make a “strong case” in Congress for ...

Sen. Feinstein tells CIA director to #ReadTheReport

Dec 12, 2014

Sen. Feinstein tells CIA director to #ReadTheReport

As CIA chief John Brennan defended the spy agency’s interrogation program for terrorism suspects Thursday, a senior senator whose committee published a damning report on the practice contested his claims. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein’s staffers repeatedly used the hashtag #ReadTheReport on the ...

Dec 12, 2014

White House swings behind huge $1.1T spending bill

The Obama White House and House Republicans joined forces Thursday in a furious attempt to pass a $1.1 trillion U.S. government-wide spending bill over clamorous protests from Democrats objecting that it would roll back bank regulations imposed in the wake of the economic near-meltdown ...

Dec 12, 2014

U.S. narrowly averts government shutdown

The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill to avert a government shutdown Thursday less than three hours before a midnight deadline, overcoming strenuous Democratic objections to controversial financial provisions. Shortly after the 219-206 vote, the House passed a 48-hour ...

Prosecutions for CIA torture still seem unlikely after Senate report

Dec 10, 2014

Prosecutions for CIA torture still seem unlikely after Senate report

Minutes after a U.S. Senate intelligence panel released details of the CIA’s torture of terrorism suspects, President Barack Obama suggested the country should move on. The U.S. Department of Justice, which has the power to bring criminal charges, looks set to follow his word. ...

List of the 13 techniques used on detainees

Dec 10, 2014

List of the 13 techniques used on detainees

Thirteen “enhanced interrogation techniques” are at the center of a Senate Intelligence Committee report about the CIA’s use of harsh interrogation tactics after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Here are the methods, as listed by a memo from the Justice Department to the CIA ...