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2006-02-06 10:08:58

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Monday defended the Bush administration's domestic eavesdropping program as an indispensable tool to protect the country from terrorism, denying accusations the White House broke the law. "The terrorist surveillance program is both necessary and lawful," Gonzales told the Senate Judiciary Committee, whose Republican chairman, Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, questioned its legality. "This administration has chosen...

2006-02-06 10:05:29

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Monday defended the Bush administration's domestic eavesdropping program as an indispensable tool to protect the country from terrorism, denying accusations the White House broke the law. "The terrorist surveillance program is both necessary and lawful," Gonzales told the Senate Judiciary Committee, whose Republican chairman, Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, questioned its legality. "This administration has chosen to act...

2006-02-04 17:37:24

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales plans to tell a Senate committee on Monday that President George W. Bush's warrantless domestic surveillance program is carefully targeted and "not a dragnet," Time magazine reported on its Web site on Saturday. Citing Bush administration documents, Time said Gonzales will say that contrary to speculation in media reports, the program "is not a dragnet that sucks in all conversations and uses computer searches to pick out...

2006-02-03 17:10:39

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican chairman of the Senate intelligence committee on Friday endorsed President George W. Bush's domestic surveillance program and said the White House was right to inform only a handful of lawmakers about its existence. In a letter to the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas expressed "strong support" for a program that has raised an outcry from Democrats and some Republicans who believe Bush may...

2006-02-02 17:33:35

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Co-sponsors of a controversial U.S. Senate bill to create a $140 billion asbestos injury fund warned on Thursday it was the last chance for such a measure to pass Congress in the foreseeable future. But Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Arlen Specter and Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy made no predictions about whether their proposal could overcome expected procedural hurdles when it is brought up for debate in the Senate on Monday. "If this...

2006-02-01 11:00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said on Wednesday that Congress would attempt to address growing concerns about rising fuel prices and soaring oil industry profits. "We intend to do something about" rising prices to consumers, Chairman Arlen Specter said at a hearing into whether oil industry mergers in recent years have made gasoline more expensive at the pump. Specter said he was shocked by the size of oil company profits, adding, "It...

2006-02-01 12:20:00

WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said on Wednesday that Congress would attempt to address growing concerns about rising fuel prices and soaring oil industry profits. "We intend to do something about" rising prices to consumers, Chairman Arlen Specter said at a hearing into whether oil industry mergers in recent years have made gasoline more expensive at the pump. Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, said he was shocked by the size of oil company profits,...

2006-01-25 00:30:17

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate begins debate on Wednesday on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, a 55-year-old conservative likely to soon join the nation's highest court. A day after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Alito on a party-line vote of 10-8, the full Republican-led Senate starts its consideration of President George W. Bush's nominee to the lifetime post. A Senate confirmation vote is expected as early as the end of this week, and...

2006-01-24 19:52:26

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to create a $140 billion asbestos compensation fund will come to the Senate floor for debate on February 6, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter said on Tuesday. "That's the day we will open the arguments on, opening statements on asbestos," Specter told a meeting of the Judiciary Committee he chairs. And U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said he was determined to go ahead with the bill, despite a suggestion by...

2006-01-24 18:24:48

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines on Tuesday to narrowly approve President George W. Bush's nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, moving the 55-year-old conservative a step closer to confirmation by the full Republican-led Senate. With 10 Republicans voting yes and eight Democrats voting no, the committee sent the nomination to the 100-member Senate. The full chamber is to begin debate on Wednesday, with a...