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Jun 11, 2013

Obama seeks to boost immigration bill, urges Congress to back it

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama sought to inject momentum into the push for U.S. immigration reform on Tuesday, urging lawmakers who were “serious” about the issue to support a Senate bill and highlighting the economic benefits of changing the system.

Obama, who won re-election last year thanks in part to strong support from Latino voters, has made immigration reform a top priority of his second term.

Jun 10, 2013

Ex-CIA man says exposed spy scheme to protect world

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An ex-CIA employee working as a contractor at the U.S. National Security Agency said he was the source who leaked details of a top secret U.S. surveillance program, acting out of conscience to protect “basic liberties for people around the world.”

Holed up in a hotel room in Hong Kong, Edward Snowden, 29, said he had thought long and hard before publicizing details of an NSA program code-named PRISM, saying he had done so because he felt the United States was building an unaccountable and secret espionage machine that spied on every American.

Jun 10, 2013

Ex-CIA man says exposed spy scheme for better world

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former CIA employee working as a contractor at the U.S. National Security Agency revealed in an interview published on Sunday it was he who leaked details of a top secret U.S. surveillance program, acting out of conscience to protect “basic liberties for people around the world.”

Holed up in a hotel room in Hong Kong, Edward Snowden, 29, said he had thought long and hard before publicizing details of an NSA program code-named PRISM, saying he had done so because he felt the United States was building an unaccountable and secret espionage machine that spied on every American.

Jun 7, 2013

Long debate over immigration begins in Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate on Friday plunged into a spirited debate on overhauling the country’s immigration rules, with a verdict likely by the end of June on legislation that could define President Barack Obama’s final years in office.

The “Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act,” a nearly 900-page reworking of the nation’s 27-year-old immigration law, faces a tough fight in the Democratic-held Senate and an even harder battle in the more conservative House of Representatives later this year.

Jun 4, 2013

Congressman Issa reprising familiar role in IRS probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – What began as a bipartisan congressional probe into Internal Revenue Service practices is quickly turning into a verbal brawl with U.S. Representative Darrell Issa, no stranger to controversy, under attack from Democrats and even some of his fellow Republicans.

Issa, the California congressman who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on Sunday said in a CNN interview that the IRS’s scrutiny of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status was “directly being ordered from Washington.”

Jun 4, 2013

U.S. congressman Issa reprising familiar role in IRS probe

WASHINGTON, June 3 (Reuters) – What began as a bipartisan
congressional probe into Internal Revenue Service practices is
quickly turning into a verbal brawl with U.S. Representative
Darrell Issa, no stranger to controversy, under attack from
Democrats and even some of his fellow Republicans.

Issa, the California congressman who chairs the House
Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on Sunday said in a
CNN interview that the IRS’s scrutiny of conservative groups
seeking tax-exempt status was “directly being ordered from
Washington.”

Jun 3, 2013

Immigration bill pins big hopes on dairy cows

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – From the technology and tourism industries to the fruit growers of California, there is something for almost everyone in the sprawling immigration legislation that the U.S. Senate will start debating this month.

But for supporters of this controversial bill who are searching for a solid bloc of votes in the Senate, there might be no better way than through a provision embedded in the law that gives dairy farmers better access to foreign labor.

Jun 3, 2013

U.S. immigration bill pins big hopes on dairy cows

WASHINGTON, June 3 (Reuters) – From the technology and
tourism industries to the fruit growers of California, there is
something for almost everyone in the sprawling immigration
legislation that the U.S. Senate will start debating this month.

But for supporters of this controversial bill who are
searching for a solid bloc of votes in the Senate, there might
be no better way than through a provision embedded in the law
that gives dairy farmers better access to foreign labor.

May 23, 2013

U.S. House won’t follow Senate lead on immigration bill: Boehner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday his chamber would chart its own path on immigration rather than simply considering a Senate-passed measure, quashing hopes some Democrats had for quickly enacting the landmark legislation.

“While we applaud the progress made by our Senate colleagues, there are numerous ways in which the House will approach the issue differently,” Boehner said in a statement.

May 22, 2013

U.S. immigration bill gets Senate boost; House effort teetering

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Supporters of U.S. immigration reform are hoping that the smooth and drama-free passage of their legislation through a Senate committee – a departure from almost everything that has happened in Congress over the past four years – will boost the likelihood of the bill winning full Senate approval.

Even Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, the senior Republican on the Judiciary Committee who voted against the immigration bill on Tuesday, told Reuters TV that the “very fair” debate by the panel “does improve its chances.”

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