The special prosecutor in the CIA leak case alleged that Vice President Cheney’s former chief of staff was engaged in a broader web of deception than was previously known and repeatedly lied to conceal that he had been a key source for reporters about undercover operative Valerie Plame, The Washington Post reports.
Since George W. Bush became president, Republicans in Congress have nearly always marched in lock step with him. In large measure, their clout as lawmakers was enhanced by standing shoulder to shoulder with the president, the Los Angeles Times reports. But that equation may be changing, and a crucial test comes next week when a Senate hearing opens into Bush’s domestic spying program.
By LIZ SIDOTI
A Pentagon plan to restructure the Army National Guard has sparked bipartisan outcries in Congress even before President Bush’s formal proposal, showing the clout of a force that draws members from communities across America.
U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales plans to tell a Senate committee on Monday that President George W. Bush’s warrantless domestic surveillance program is carefully targeted and “not a dragnet,” Time magazine reported on its Web site on Saturday.
Under pressure from the digital-TV industry, Congress has set Feb. 17, 2009, as the date when the United States goes digital, and that means an estimated 70 million TV sets won’t be able to pick up signals from the air without a digital-to-analog converter box.
Over the years, new House Majority Leader John Boehner (right) has built a political empire with similarities to the fundraising machine of the man he’s replacing, Rep. Tom DeLay.
The Ohio congressman, who won an upset victory for the House GOP’s No. 2 post, has distributed roughly $2.9 million to Republicans from his political action committee since 1979, according to the campaign finance Web site Political Money Line. Some of the recipients this week returned the favor in voting for him.
Intelligence officers who eavesdropped on thousands of Americans in overseas calls under authority from President Bush have dismissed nearly all of them as potential suspects after hearing nothing pertinent to a terrorist threat, according to accounts from current and former government officials and private-sector sources with knowledge of the technologies in use.