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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...

2006-06-23 17:49:50

By Jim Christie SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Privacy rights advocates pressed a U.S. judge on Friday to allow their lawsuit against AT&T to go forward, charging the telecommunications giant is breaking the law by helping a U.S. government eavesdropping program. Lawyers for AT&T, which will neither confirm nor deny it is letting the U.S. government monitor its telephone and e-mail traffic as part of a counterterrorism effort, shot back in U.S. District Court in San Francisco that...

2006-06-23 11:47:40

By Patricia Wilson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With Iraq looming over critical U.S. congressional elections this year and the 2008 presidential campaign, some Democrats are beginning to be less fearful of the party split over the war. While President George W. Bush, his political architect Karl Rove and Republicans in Congress step up their attacks, Democrats say the fact they are challenging the administration's conduct of the war will play well with voters in November when the balance...

2006-06-22 19:23:10

MIAMI (Reuters) - The FBI and other U.S. law enforcement agencies made arrests on Thursday as part of an terrorist-related investigation, U.S. prosecutors in Miami said. "Earlier today, the FBI, in conjunction with federal, state and local authorities, executed arrests as part of an ongoing investigation into a terrorist-related matter," the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Southern District of Florida said in a statement. "The individuals arrested posed no immediate threat to our...

2006-06-22 14:41:18

By Steve Holland and Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House is waging an aggressive campaign -- complete with a debate prep book, high-level meetings and daily updates -- to persuade U.S. congressional Republicans to stand firm with President George W. Bush in support of the unpopular Iraq war. The election-year initiative has paid off so far, with Republicans in both the House of Representatives and the Senate supporting Bush's war position that there can be no speedy...

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...

2006-06-06 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...

2006-05-28 11:05:44

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sen. Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, said on Sunday his party will do "very very well" in November's mid-term elections but stopped short of saying Democrats will retake the U.S. Senate. "I think that we're going to do very very well," Schumer, one of the party's top political strategists, told CBS' "Face the Nation." "The American people want change ... because this administration has been incompetent. ... They see an administration that seems to...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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