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May 20, 2015

Exclusive: U.S. House Benghazi panel subpoenas former Clinton White House aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional investigators have issued a subpoena demanding that former Clinton White House adviser Sidney Blumenthal testify next month before the U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

The subpoena, a copy of which was made available to Reuters, demands that Blumenthal appear before the House committee on June 3 to give a deposition. The subpoena is dated Monday but carries a notation indicating an unnamed deputy U.S. marshal served it on Blumenthal’s wife on Tuesday. 

May 19, 2015

U.S. judge pressures State Dept. on Clinton emails release

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the U.S. State Department to produce a plan to release batches of Hillary Clinton’s emails from her time there, raising the prospect of months of drip-by-drip disclosures that could plague her presidential campaign.

U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras ordered the State Department to come up with a timetable by next week for the rolling release of the 55,000 pages of emails, according to a

May 19, 2015

U.S. judge orders State Department to produce Clinton emails schedule: lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the U.S. State Department to produce a schedule for the release of emails that Hillary Clinton sent and received while she was secretary of state, a legal move that could complicate her presidential campaign.

A lawyer in the case, Jeffrey Light, told Reuters that U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras ordered the State Department to come up with a timetable by next week for the rolling release of the 55,000 pages of emails.

May 19, 2015

U.S. judge orders State Dept. to produce Clinton emails schedule -lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge on Tuesday ordered
the U.S. State Department to produce a schedule for the release
of emails that Hillary Clinton sent and received while she was
secretary of state, a legal move that could complicate her
presidential campaign.

A lawyer in the case, Jeffrey Light, told Reuters that U.S.
District Judge Rudolph Contreras ordered the State Department to
come up with a timetable by next week for the rolling release of
the 55,000 pages of emails.

May 19, 2015

U.S. fears Shi’ite militias could worsen Iraqi sectarian fires

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The use of Shi’ite militias to try to take back the Iraqi city of Ramadi from Islamic State risks unleashing more sectarian bloodletting, current and former U.S. officials said, but Washington and Baghdad appear to have few other options.

The prospect of Iranian-backed militias leading efforts to retake Ramadi underlines Washington’s dwindling options to defeat Islamic State in Iraq, with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s grip on power weak, a national army still in its infancy and Tehran increasingly assertive.

May 18, 2015

U.S. to question Islamic State leader’s wife on hostages, officials say

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The captured wife of a senior Islamic State leader who was killed in a weekend raid will face questions over what she and her husband knew about the group’s treatment of hostages, including Americans, U.S. officials said.

The U.S. government believes the leader, Abu Sayyaf, was involved in handling foreign hostages, including Kayla Mueller, an American aid worker who was killed in February, U.S. security and law enforcement officials said.

May 14, 2015

U.S. surveillance reform bill faces uncertain Senate fate

WASHINGTON, May 14 (Reuters) – A bill to narrow spy
agencies’ power to collect Americans’ electronic data and
business records faced an uncertain fate in the Senate on
Thursday, even though it passed the U.S. House of
Representatives by an overwhelming majority.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and a group of
defense hawks want to renew provisions of the USA Patriot Act
that allowed the bulk collection of Americans’ data, rather than
approve a new law that would allow this, the USA Freedom Act
passed by the House on Wednesday.

May 13, 2015

House votes to end spy agencies’ bulk collection of phone data

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would end spy agencies’ bulk collection of Americans’ telephone data, setting up a potential showdown with the U.S. Senate over the program, which expires on June 1.

The House voted 338-88 for the USA Freedom Act, which would end the bulk collection and instead give intelligence agencies access to telephone data and other records only when a court finds there is reasonable suspicion about a link to international terrorism.

May 13, 2015

U.S. House eyes narrowing spy access to Americans’ personal data

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Broad U.S. government powers to collect personal data on Americans, such as travel and financial records, would be curtailed under a bill expected to win approval on Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mostly framed so far as dealing with bulk collection of domestic phone call data, the bipartisan USA Freedom Act addresses activities much broader than phone calls, said government officials and private experts.

May 10, 2015

Exclusive: Why a company chairman supported a Prophet Mohammad cartoon event

BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Robert Shillman heads a publicly traded American technology company called Cognex Corp with a market value of $4 billion. He also says he is a big supporter of last Sunday’s Prophet Mohammad cartoon contest in Texas that was attacked by two gunmen who opened fire before being shot dead by police.

    In a telephone interview with Reuters from his home near San Diego, California, Shillman said America’s free speech is under threat. He added that violent attacks on such events are making people fearful and prone to self censorship. Many Muslims regard depictions of the prophet – such as the caricatures displayed at the event – as offensive and against the religion’s teachings.