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2006-07-13 17:34:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans attacked Democrats on Thursday for an Internet video featuring flag-draped coffins of U.S. casualties in Iraq, saying it "crossed the line" by exploiting troops and politicizing the war. Democrats questioned their outrage, noting Republicans have used images related to the September 11 attacks in their fund raising and White House political adviser Karl Rove has urged candidates to emphasize the Bush administration's record on...

2006-07-13 13:49:37

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a reversal, the White House has agreed to allow a secret federal court review of the National Security Agency's warrantless domestic spying program, a top U.S. Senate Republican announced on Thursday. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter said he had negotiated a bill with the White House to update surveillance laws and clear the way for an examination of the constitutionality of the program designed to track terrorists. "We...

2006-07-13 09:59:06

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House, in a policy reversal, has agreed to allow a federal court review of the National Security Agency's domestic spying program, a top Senate Republican announced on Thursday. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter said he has negotiated a proposed bill with the White House that would do that and voiced hope his panel would approve it. "We have structured a bill which is agreeable to the White House and I think will be agreeable to this...

2006-07-12 18:54:59

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday refused to restore $750 million in anti-terrorism funds that have been taken away from New York City and Washington and shifted to smaller cities thought to be at lower risk of attack. By a vote of 53-47, the Senate killed an amendment by New York Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton and others, who protested the 40 percent funding reduction for New York this year and a 43 percent cut for Washington. "New York City and Washington, D.C....

2006-07-11 18:06:38

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Karl Rove, U.S. President George W. Bush's senior political advisor, on Tuesday took the administration's message on immigration reform to Latino leaders, saying the country was approaching a "critical moment" in the debate. Speaking at the annual convention of leading Latino civic group the National Council of La Raza, Rove said Bush would work with Republicans and Democrats in coming weeks to push through reform legislation that has bitterly divided...

2006-06-30 14:47:16

By Patricia Wilson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats see the Supreme Court's Guantanamo ruling as repudiation of a power-hungry White House. Republicans say it shows how tough President George W. Bush is on terrorists and voters will eat it up. Both parties face a contentious political debate over the decision declaring military tribunals illegal as they look to capitalize on a national security issue ahead of crucial congressional elections in November. "How do you go back to...

2006-06-30 14:35:20

By Patricia Wilson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats see the Supreme Court's Guantanamo ruling as repudiation of a power-hungry White House. Republicans say it shows how tough President George W. Bush is on terrorists and voters will eat it up. Both parties face a contentious political debate over the decision declaring military tribunals illegal as they look to capitalize on a national security issue ahead of crucial congressional elections in November. "How do you go back to...

2006-06-29 16:13:41

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Senate panel voted on Thursday to delay a post-September 11 border security program requiring passports or other high-tech IDs for everyone entering the United States following concerns about lagging technology and poor coordination with Canada. The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved the 17-month delay, until June 1, 2009, for fully implementing the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Vermont...

2006-06-28 17:03:42

By Kevin Drawbaugh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top U.S. House of Representatives Democrats said on Wednesday they plan to introduce legislation to revive a government effort to regulate hedge funds that was blocked last week by a court. Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank said he will unveil a bill on Thursday to give the Securities and Exchange Commission "clear authority to require registration and monitoring" of hedge fund advisers. A federal appeals court last week threw out an SEC rule...

2006-06-27 12:36:53

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Tuesday defended the treatment of prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, saying the administration did its best and that the courts would judge "whether or not we made the right call." The United States has faced harsh international criticism for its treatment of terrorism suspects at the Guantanamo Bay naval base. Gonzales brushed aside the criticism at the start of a Middle East tour, saying: "They receive top...


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