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Oct 22, 2015

Cyber security bill advances in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, Oct 22 (Reuters) – A long-delayed bill that
would make it easier for corporations to share information about
cyber attacks with each other or the government without fear of
lawsuits advanced in the U.S. Senate on Thursday with support
from members of both parties and the White House.

Dozens of industry and business groups, including the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce, back the Cybersecurity Information Sharing
Act (CISA), saying it would help encourage companies and the
government to share information that might help thwart
high-profile cyber attacks.

Oct 22, 2015

Obama vetoes defense bill, sends it back to Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama vetoed a sweeping $612 billion defense policy bill on Thursday, returning the measure to the Republican-controlled Congress because of the way it uses money meant for war spending to avoid automatic budget cuts to military programs.

“I’m going to be sending it back to Congress and my message to them is very simple: ‘Let’s do this right,'” Obama told reporters.

Oct 22, 2015

U.S. House members push to return North Korea to terrorism list

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Members of the U.S. House of Representatives called on Thursday for the return of North Korea to Washington’s list of “state sponsors of terrorism,” subject to strict controls on trade and other restrictions.

But officials from President Barack Obama’s administration said any such determination would only be made over time, with careful consideration.

Oct 22, 2015

Controversial cyber security bill advances in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, Oct 22 (Reuters) – A long-delayed bill that
would make it easier for corporations to share information about
cyber attacks with each other or the government without fear of
lawsuits advanced in the U.S. Senate with strong support from
members of both parties on Thursday.

Dozens of industry and business groups, including the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce, back the Cybersecurity Information Sharing
Act (CISA), saying it would help encourage companies and the
government to share information that might help thwart
high-profile cyber attacks.

Oct 20, 2015

Republican leader wants slower pace for Afghan troop withdrawal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican leader of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday backed President Barack Obama’s plans to slow the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, but said he favored keeping 10,000 there rather than reducing the force by half under a plan announced last week.

“The bare minimum number is … closer to 10,000, that’s what you really need,” Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, told reporters. “To continue to flirt with the idea that it’s not going to continue only encourages the other side and emboldens the other side.”

Oct 20, 2015

Congressional fight over defense bill intensifies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday he believes there are enough votes in the U.S. Senate to override a veto of a $612 billion defense bill, as the two U.S. political parties intensified their war of words over the legislation.

The White House has said President Barack Obama plans to veto the sweeping National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes spending for the Pentagon. Obama and his fellow Democrats object to the measure because it uses some $90 billion meant for war spending to avoid automatic budget cuts to military programs.

Oct 20, 2015

Senate considers controversial cyber security bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Tuesday began debating a long-delayed bill that would make it easier for corporations to share information about cyber attacks with each other or the government without concern about lawsuits.

Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate could pass the bill within days. “We intend to pass the cyber security bill,” he told reporters, “hopefully by early next week.”

Oct 7, 2015

Pentagon calls Afghan hospital strike a mistake, seeks accountability

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military took responsibility on Tuesday for a deadly air strike on a hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz, calling it a mistake and vowing to hold people accountable.

Saturday’s strike on an Afghan hospital run by Doctors Without Borders, or Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), killed 22 people and deeply angered the medical charity. MSF officials have blamed the United States, demanding an independent investigation into an attack it called a war crime.

Oct 6, 2015

Defense authorization bill advances in Senate, future cloudy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted on Tuesday to limit debate on a $612 billion defense authorization bill, clearing the way for a vote on passage, although the measure’s future is clouded by a dispute between Republicans and Democrats over government spending policy.

The White House has said President Barack Obama would veto the bill if it is passed in Congress because of the “irresponsible” way it boosts military spending.

Oct 6, 2015

Defense authorization bill advances in U.S. Senate, future cloudy

WASHINGTON, Oct 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted on
Tuesday to limit debate on a $612 billion defense authorization
bill, clearing the way for a vote on passage, although the
measure’s future is clouded by a dispute between Republicans and
Democrats over government spending policy.

The White House has said President Barack Obama would veto
the bill if it is passed in Congress because of the
“irresponsible” way it boosts military spending.

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      "Patricia Zengerle covers foreign policy and national security on Capitol Hill for Reuters. She recently covered the 2012 campaign and the White House and had been an editor in Washington, D.C., an editor in London, and a correspondent in Miami, Pittsburgh and New York. You can follow her on Twitter @ReutersZengerle"
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