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Aug 28, 2013

Analysis: Brief military action in Syria would limit risks for Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Most Americans want no part of a U.S. military intervention in Syria, but there is a growing sense in Washington that President Barack Obama would face more political risks from a weak response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons than from an attack on Bashar al-Assad’s government.

As Obama’s administration builds a case for a likely military action in Syria, several analysts said such a move probably would not have lingering negative consequences for the president at home – as long as the intervention was short-lived.

Jul 18, 2013

Analysis: publicans could see more bruising Senate primaries

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Liz Cheney’s decision to challenge Wyoming U.S. Senator Mike Enzi in a Republican primary next year sets up the type of divisive, intraparty fight that Republican leaders vowed to avoid after the 2012 elections.

The move this week by Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, is unlikely to open the door for a Democrat to win the Senate seat in Wyoming, which is heavily Republican.

Jul 11, 2013

North Dakota clinic is on front lines of abortion-rights battle

, July 11 (Reuters) – The signs outside the Red
River Women’s Clinic in downtown Fargo suggest a place under
siege: “It is a federal crime to block the entrance to this
building,” says one. “No Trespassing,” says another.

They are aimed at the protesters who gather each day outside
a clinic that performs abortions, warning not to intrude on
women’s federally protected right to the procedure.

Jun 30, 2013

Democrat predicts House will pass Senate immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-controlled House of Representatives will bow to political pressure and pass the immigration bill approved by the Democratic-led Senate by the end of the year, Democratic Senator Charles Schumer predicted on Sunday.

Schumer, a member of the bipartisan Senate group that crafted the immigration measure, said House Republicans who are now vowing they will not pass the Senate measure will ultimately be convinced by political concerns about the party’s future.

Jun 18, 2013

NSA head, lawmakers jointly defend surveillance programs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the National Security Agency said U.S. surveillance programs had helped disrupt more than 50 possible attacks since September 11, 2001, as sympathetic members of Congress also defended the use of the top-secret spying operations.

In the first hearing dedicated to the programs since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden exposed them earlier this month, members of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee showed little will on Tuesday to pursue significant reforms.

Jun 18, 2013

NSA head, lawmakers defend surveillance programs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the National Security Agency said U.S. surveillance programs had helped disrupt more than 50 possible attacks since September 11, 2001, as sympathetic members of Congress also defended the use of the top-secret spying operations.

In the first hearing dedicated to the programs since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden exposed them earlier this month, members of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee showed little will on Tuesday to pursue significant reforms.

Jun 17, 2013

Snowden rejects suggestions he is a spy for China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who exposed the U.S. government’s top-secret surveillance programs, fought back against his critics on Monday and denied allegations that he was a spy for China.

Snowden told an online forum run by Britain’s Guardian newspaper that he revealed the programs in part out of disappointment with President Barack Obama, who he said had expanded “abusive” government programs while in office.

Jun 12, 2013

Snowden says he will stay in Hong Kong and fight extradition

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The National Security Agency contractor who revealed the government’s top-secret monitoring of phone and Internet data says he intends to stay in Hong Kong and fight any effort to bring him back to the United States to face charges.

Edward Snowden, in his first public comments since he dropped out of view in Hong Kong on Monday, said he did not travel to the former British colony to avoid punishment for leaking details of the surveillance program.

Jun 11, 2013

U.S. reviews security damage from NSA disclosures

WASHINGTON, June 11 (Reuters) – The Obama administration has
launched an internal review of the potential damage to national
security from leaks about U.S. surveillance efforts, as a group
of senators and technology companies on Tuesday pushed the
government to be more open about the top-secret programs.

A senior U.S. intelligence official said the review will be
separate from a criminal investigation by the Justice Department
into Edward Snowden’s disclosures about the National Security
Agency’s broad monitoring of phone call and Internet data from
big companies such as Google Inc and Facebook Inc
.

Jun 11, 2013

U.S. government weighs security damage from NSA disclosures

WASHINGTON, June 11 (Reuters) – The National Security Agency
contractor who leaked top-secret details of U.S. surveillance
programs remained out of sight on Tuesday as the Obama
administration launched an internal review of the potential
damage to national security by the disclosures.

A senior U.S. intelligence official said the review will be
separate from a criminal investigation by the Justice Department
into Edward Snowden’s disclosures of the NSA’s broad monitoring
of phone call and Internet data from big companies such as
Google and Facebook.

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      "John Whitesides has covered U.S. politics, elections and Congress for 13 years, based in Washington. He joined Reuters in Asia, where he worked as an editor and correspondent in Hong Kong."
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