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2006-06-25 16:14:40

By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House appears to be leaning toward allowing a secret federal court to look at its controversial warrantless wiretaps, a reversal of previous policy, a top Republican senator said on Sunday. Sen. Arlen Specter, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, had been pressing the Bush administration to seek clearance from the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, court. The act requires warrants from the court for...

2006-06-25 12:25:39

By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House appears to be leaning toward allowing a secret federal court to look at its controversial warrantless wiretaps, a reversal of previous policy, a top Republican senator said on Sunday. Sen. Arlen Specter, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, had been pressing the Bush administration to seek clearance from the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, court. The act requires warrants from the court for...

2006-06-21 17:06:14

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration will have to explain why it thinks it can ignore or overrule laws passed by Congress in a hearing next week, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter said on Wednesday. Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, said he hoped to force the Bush administration to reduce its use of "signing statements" -- memos that reserve the right to ignore laws if the president thinks they impinge on his authority. "Our legislation...

2006-06-08 12:51:34

By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney on Thursday defended himself against accusations by a leading Republican senator that he worked to thwart Senate plans to make telephone executives testify at a hearing about a U.S. domestic spying program. A day after Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter rebuked Cheney for trying to head off subpoenas of the phone company executives, Cheney acknowledged that he had spoken to Senate leaders and members of...

2006-06-07 18:08:07

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior Republican senator accused Vice President Dick Cheney on Wednesday of undermining his Senate panel's plan to subpoena telephone executives for a hearing on President George W. Bush's domestic spying program. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania said in a bluntly worded letter to Cheney that the vice president's actions were part of a larger White House effort to keep the courts and Congress from examining...

2006-06-07 16:07:19

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior Senate Republican vowed on Wednesday to press ahead with his legislation for a privately funded $140 billion trust to pay asbestos injury claims, scoffing at a warning that taxpayers may end up paying the bill. The Senate bill failed by one vote to overcome a procedural hurdle in the Senate in February. Its sponsors recently amended it to attract more support, but it is unclear how much they have gained. "We're going to do whatever...

2006-06-06 20:20:00

By Peter Szekely WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate panel examining the Bush administration's domestic surveillance program backed away on Tuesday from plans to order top telephone companies to answer whether they gave call records to a U.S. spy agency. A frustrated Senate Judiciary Committee Arlen Specter said he agreed to defer his earlier plans to subpoena telephone executives after Vice President Dick Cheney said they would be precluded on national security grounds from answering...

2006-06-06 18:40:24

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate proposal for a privately funded trust to pay asbestos injury claims is laden with uncertainty and taxpayers risk footing the bill, the former head of the Congressional Budget Office plans to tell a Senate committee on Wednesday. The highly critical assessment of the asbestos legislation by Douglas Holtz-Eakin appears in testimony prepared for delivery on Wednesday at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. A copy was made...

2006-05-11 16:29:01

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Judiciary Committee approved White House aide Brett Kavanaugh for an appeals-court seat on Thursday, clearing the way for a likely confirmation vote by the full Senate. Kavanaugh won approval from the committee on a 10-8 party-line vote as Democrats said he was too partisan and inexperienced for the job. Kavanaugh, 41, has been a White House aide since 2001. Democratic senators had asked for an unusual second hearing on his...

2006-05-11 12:43:22

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Judiciary Committee approved White House aide Brett Kavanaugh for an appeals-court seat on Thursday, clearing the way for a likely confirmation vote by the full Senate. Kavanaugh won approval from the committee on a 10-8 party-line vote as Democrats said he was too partisan and inexperienced for the job. Democratic senators had asked for an unusual second hearing on his nomination to question his involvement in White House policies...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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