While DHS nominee Jeh Johnson should face questioning for his role in authorizing drone strikes, he is unlikely to be questioned extensively on his past role by any Democrats in the Senate.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday November 12, 2013 6:45 pm|
|By: MSPB Watch Sunday October 20, 2013 12:30 pm|
A few days ago, it was revealed that U.S. Senator Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) objected to, and got removed, a provision in the shutdown deal legislation that would have funded the Office of Special Counsel, the nation’s top federal whistelblower defender, at the levels proposed by the White House, $20.6M (a figure which itself has been deemed “conservative” to address whistleblower case backlogs).
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday October 14, 2013 1:45 pm|
At the forefront of intelligence community efforts to fully restore legitimacy to the massive surveillance apparatus that has grown since the September 11th attacks is Senator Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
|By: Peterr Saturday September 28, 2013 1:59 pm|
Rodger McDaniel — a lawyer who served 10 years in the Wyoming state legislature before entering seminary and becoming a Presbyterian pastor — says in the acknowledgements to Dying for Joe McCarthy’s Sins: The Suicide of Wyoming Senator Lester Hunt, “Honestly, I never so much wanted to write a book, as I wanted to tell this story.” And what a story it is.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday September 27, 2013 9:26 am|
At a hearing convened by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, chair of the committee, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, ensured that a second round of questions would not be asked of the distinguished witnesses present—NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Assistant Attorney General James Cole.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday September 26, 2013 5:30 pm|
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence held a hearing on possible changes to surveillance programs under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The National Security Agency’s director, the Director of National Intelligence and the assistant attorney general testified. The committee also heard from two experts.
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday September 9, 2013 3:55 pm|
Congress is back on the job today on this, Day 8 of our whip count on the authorization of the use of military force in Congress. As always, I’ll be updating news and totals here throughout the day.
|By: Michelle Chen Saturday July 27, 2013 12:22 pm|
The supposed grand bargain of the immigration reform bill is shaping up to be a lucrative deal for prisons. As a compromise between “border security” and “amnesty,” the comprehensive reform plan emerging in Congress ties the “legalization” of millions of migrants to the prospective criminalization of millions more.
|By: Jon Walker Monday July 15, 2013 3:15 pm|
Senate Democrats suffered a real set back when former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer decided not to run for the open Senate. While Schweitzer had been seriously considering a run for several months he told the AP over the weekend that he didn’t want to leave Montana for Washington.