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2005-12-21 18:02:29

By Thomas Ferraro and Adam Entous WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Prodded by a majority of the U.S. Senate, Republican leaders on Wednesday stepped up efforts to resolve an impasse over key provisions of the anti-terrorism Patriot Act set to expire in 10 days. Fifty-two of the 100 senators, including eight Republicans, signed a letter in support of a Democratic-led bid to extend the provisions for just three months to provide time to resolve differences in a dispute pitting civil liberties...

2005-12-21 16:20:11

By Thomas Ferraro and Adam Entous WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A majority of the U.S. Senate opposed Republican leaders on Wednesday by supporting a temporary extension of key provisions of the USA Patriot Act, which President George W. Bush wants permanently renewed as part of his war on terrorism. Fifty-two of the 100 senators, including eight Republicans, signed a letter in support of a Democratic-led bid to extend the provisions for just three months to provide time to resolve...

2005-12-19 19:55:57

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A key Republican senator asked Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito on Monday about President George W. Bush's domestic spying order and whether war gives the president a blank check when it comes to civil liberties. In a letter to Alito, Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, who will preside at Alito's Senate confirmation hearing next month, also asked what approach he would use to assess Bush's authority. "Historically, the court has...

2005-12-19 12:41:19

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush said on Monday he presumed a Justice Department leak investigation was underway into who disclosed a secret NSA eavesdropping operation. "My personal opinion is it was a shameful act for someone to disclose this very important program in a time of war," Bush told a news conference at which he was questioned repeatedly about the controversial operation disclosed on Friday by The new York Times. "There's a process that goes on...

2005-12-17 14:52:50

By Caren Bohan and Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush defended a secret order he signed allowing for eavesdropping on people in the United States, as he fought on Saturday for the renewal of the anti-terror USA Patriot Act. In a rare live radio address, Bush said the monitoring of phone calls and e-mails without a warrant was a "vital tool" to protect the United States against an attack and criticized leaks about it to the news media. "In the weeks...

2005-12-17 13:08:40

By Caren Bohan and Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush defended a secret order he signed allowing for eavesdropping on people in the United States, as he fought on Saturday for the renewal of the anti-terror USA Patriot Act. In a rare live radio address, Bush said the monitoring of telephone calls and e-mails was a "vital tool" to protect the United States against an attack and criticized leaks about the program to the news media. "In the weeks following...

2005-12-16 12:52:58

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators, demanding increased protection of civil liberties, defied President George W. Bush on Friday and blocked legislation to renew the USA Patriot Act, a centerpiece of his war on terrorism. On a Senate vote of 52-47, mostly Republican backers of the measure fell eight short of the needed 60 to end debate and move to passage of it. Proponents of the legislation warned that much of sweeping anti-terror law was to expire at the...

2005-12-13 18:43:18

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Corporation for Public Broadcasting's inspector general found no evidence in correspondence that White House adviser Karl Rove or other White House officials tried to influence the hiring of the group's new leader, according to a letter released on Tuesday. CPB Inspector General Kenneth Konz denied a request by three watchdog groups to release documents and e-mails related to a report that found former CPB Chairman Kenneth Tomlinson was motivated by...

2005-12-13 17:30:28

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales traveled to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to increase pressure on legislators to renew the USA Patriot Act and warned that letting the measure expire would hurt law enforcement efforts against terrorism. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to pass a compromise version of the bill on Wednesday. But vocal opposition in the Senate over civil liberties concerns has left chances for extending the law in...

2005-12-08 17:24:49

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican congressional negotiators announced a White House-backed deal on Thursday to extend the USA Patriot Act, a centerpiece of President George W. Bush's war on terrorism, but opponents said it did not satisfy their civil liberties concerns. "We have cut through the knotty problems to produce what I think is a balanced bill," Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, told reporters. Specter...


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