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2006-02-09 18:46:56

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic and Republican lawmakers called on Thursday for stronger congressional oversight of President George W. Bush's domestic spying program, despite a new White House gesture of openness toward Congress. A day after the White House began sharing details of the program with the two congressional intelligence committees, Republican Sen. Mike DeWine of Ohio said Congress still needed to adopt new legislation to ensure the program was legal...

2006-02-06 17:29:38

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic senators tangled on Monday with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales over his defense of the Bush administration's electronic eavesdropping program, with one accusing him of skirting all questions relevant to the congressional probe. Gonzales called the National Security Agency surveillance of phone calls and e-mail without a warrant an indispensable "early warning system" against attacks, but skeptical senators, including some...

2006-02-06 15:26:20

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats pounded away on Monday at Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' defense of President George W. Bush's electronic eavesdropping program, with one voicing frustration that Gonzales would not answer questions relevant to the congressional probe. The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, was particularly pointed with the attorney general, who was summoned before lawmakers on the legality of the National Security...

2006-02-06 11:51:36

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Monday strongly defended the Bush administration's domestic eavesdropping program as an indispensable "early warning system" against attacks, denying accusations the White House had broken the law. "The terrorist surveillance program is necessary. It is lawful and it respects the civil liberties we all cherish," Gonzales told the Senate Judiciary Committee as Republican and Democratic members questioned...

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...

2006-02-03 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 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,...

2006-01-24 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...


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