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    1. December 14, 2014

      Lawyers must be held to account for authorising torture

      Dianne Feinstein and the US Senate intelligence committee have produced a brave and damning report on torture by the CIA. It...

    2. December 12, 2014

      CIA report caps steely career for Feinstein

      Senator Dianne Feinstein was never going to let the CIA have the last word on the grisly torture techniques her committee...

    1. December 11, 2014

      CIA made serious mistakes, says Brennan

      The director of the CIA admitted that the agency made serious mistakes in how it ran a programme to interrogate terror...

    2. December 10, 2014

      CIA report is a strike back against America’s deep state

      Two years before he leaves office, Barack Obama is so politically weak he cannot even get his nominee for surgeon-general...

    3. December 9, 2014

      Senate accuses CIA of lies and brutality

      The CIA repeatedly misled the White House, Congress and the US public over the torture of suspected al-Qaeda terrorists,...

    4. August 1, 2014

      Obama defends CIA chief after agency spied on Senate

      Barack Obama jumped to the defence of his CIA director John Brennan who is facing mounting political pressure after...

    5. July 31, 2014

      CIA apologises for spying on Senate

      The CIA has apologised to the Senate intelligence committee after it admitted spying on computers used by staffers to...

    6. July 23, 2014

      Obama pressed to act against Russia

      As Europe hesitates over whether to bring in more sanctions against Russia, US President Barack Obama is facing fierce...

    7. May 20, 2014

      US bill would thwart corporate tax moves

      A group of 14 Senate Democrats moved to thwart plans by US companies such as Pfizer to redomicile abroad through mergers to...

    8. April 11, 2014

      White House pressed to release report into CIA torture programme

      The White House is facing intense pressure to release a secret congressional report into the CIA’s torture programme after a...

    9. March 14, 2014

      Dianne Feinstein: Steely inquisitor who calmly skewered the spies

      For more than three years, beginning in 2009, staff members of the US Senate intelligence committee spent their days combing...

    10. March 12, 2014

      CIA row reopens ‘war on terror’ wounds

      A fortnight before he took office in 2009, Barack Obama indicated that he did not plan to prosecute officials at the Central...

    11. March 11, 2014

      Senator accuses CIA of interfering in torture inquiry

      The head of the Senate intelligence committee claimed on Tuesday that the Central Intelligence Agency may have violated the...

    12. December 3, 2013

      US senators warn on Huawei deal with South Korea

      A deal signed in South Korea by Huawei Technologies, the Chinese telecommunications giant, could undermine Washington’s...

    13. October 29, 2013

      Allies spy on US, say intelligence chiefs

      Sensing the Washington political tide shifting sharply against them, the embattled US intelligence leadership insisted on...

    14. October 28, 2013

      Obama considering end to US spying of allied leaders

      President Barack Obama is considering a ban on US spying of allied leaders as the senior lawmaker in charge of overseeing...

    15. September 17, 2013

      Navy Yard killings revive arguments in US gun control debate

      As Washington police worked on Tuesday to establish the motivation of the former navy reservist who killed 12 people, the...

    16. August 1, 2013

      US spying comes under fresh attack

      The Obama administration’s electronic surveillance came under fresh criticism on Wednesday from senior Democratic and...

    17. June 13, 2013

      US intelligence chief under scrutiny

      In March, James Clapper was asked at a Senate hearing if the US government collected information on millions of Americans....

    18. March 28, 2013

      Raw politics as usual over gun control

      There will probably be some form of gun control law passed by Congress some time this year, but it will not amount to much,...

    19. March 6, 2013

      CIA nomination clears major hurdle

      John Brennan’s nomination as Central Intelligence Agency director was approved by a Senate committee on Tuesday after the...

    20. January 31, 2013

      Gun makers’ margins caught in crosshairs

      Advocates of US gun control have set their sights on some of the firearms industry’s most profitable products, leaving gun...

    21. January 1, 2013

      Differences remain over US budget talks

      Just a few minutes into the new year, a weary Harry Reid rested his hand on a security guard’s shoulder to thread his way...

    22. December 28, 2012

      Extension of US surveillance act approved

      The Senate on Friday approved a bill reauthorising US intelligence authorities to spy on suspected terrorists abroad without...

    23. December 16, 2012

      ‘These tragedies must end,’ says Obama

      President Barack Obama on Sunday night said America would have to “change” in order to protect its children, combining a...

    24. July 24, 2012

      Romney calls for bin Laden leak probe

      Republican challenger Mitt Romney has accused the Obama administration of leaking information for political gain about the...

    25. June 19, 2012

      Strained SEC holds up swaps rules

      New rules intended to regulate the $648tn swaps market are being delayed by the US Securities and Exchange Commission over...

    26. June 8, 2012

      Obama denies White House role in leaks

      President Barack Obama said it was “offensive” to suggest the White House was behind a series of leaks about drone strikes...

    27. February 14, 2012

      Senators urged on cyber security bill

      Companies running computer networks essential to US economic and national security would be required to better defend their...

    28. May 24, 2011

      Senators back US operations in Libya

      A group of prominent senators has sought to rally support on Capitol Hill for the US military involvement in Libya, several...

    29. May 5, 2011

      Ethanol backers offer subsidy cuts

      Two of the most prominent ethanol supporters in Congress introduced legislation that would preserve – but sharply reduce –...

    30. March 27, 2011

      Pioneering force for feminism in US politics

      Vice-presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro, right, with presidential candidate Walter Mondale at the 1984 Democratic...

    31. June 5, 2010

      Obama set to name Clapper as intelligence chief

      President Barack Obama is to brave Congressional opposition and nominate a retired general to coordinate the US’s 16-agency,...

    32. April 8, 2010

      Film industry seeks to block movie exchanges

      Plans to launch Hollywood’s first movie futures exchanges may be derailed after a growing coalition of film studios,...

    33. December 31, 2009

      Halt release of detainees, say senators

      The Christmas day terrorism plot has complicated plans by Barack Obama, US president, to shut the Guantánamo Bay prison...

    34. December 30, 2009

      Senators demand halt on Guantánamo releases

      The alleged Christmas day terrorism plot has complicated plans by Barack Obama, US president, to shut the Guantánamo Bay...

    35. August 20, 2009

      CIA hired Blackwater for killings, claims report

      The US Central Intelligence Agency outsourced part of a secret programme to track and assassinate al-Qaeda leaders to...

    36. August 7, 2009

      Cash for clunkers programme set for $2bn boost

      The US "cash for clunkers" programme, which pushed July car sales higher after a record-breaking slump, was yesterday on...

    37. August 5, 2009

      Senate rethinks stance on 'cash for clunkers'

      The US Senate looks likely to push through a $2bn extension of the "cash for clunkers" car subsidy programme before it...

    38. August 4, 2009

      Senate rethinks ‘cash for clunkers’ stance

      The US Senate looks likely to push through a $2bn extension of the “cash for clunkers” car subsidy programme before it...

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