The U.S. Senate is preparing to cast the first votes in the full Senate on a landmark bill that offers the best chance in decades to remake the nation's immigration system.» Read More
*Booz Allen Hamilton says has fired Snowden. *Google and others seek loosening of secrecy on requests.
Beshear sent a letter Friday to President Barack Obama, asking that the Office of Drug Control Policy, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. attorney general's office work with the Drug Enforcement Administration on the issue.
*Booz Allen Hamilton says has fired Snowden. WASHINGTON, June 11- The Obama administration has launched an internal review to assess damage to U.S. national security from last week's leak of top-secret details of National Security Agency surveillance programs, a senior U.S. intelligence official said.
WASHINGTON, June 9- Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte on Sunday threw her support behind a sweeping U.S. immigration bill, calling it a "thoughtful" reform that would ease the burden of illegal immigration and allow companies to more easily hire qualified workers.
A Senate vote on the immigration bill is expected by the end of June. The bill is expected to get strong support among Democrats in the Senate but will also need several Republican votes to meet the 60- vote minimum required for passage.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- Kentucky's U.S. senators suffered a setback Thursday in their efforts to re-establish industrial hemp as a legal crop, but they vowed to continue their campaign after getting blocked as they tried to attach hemp language to the Senate farm bill. Rand Paul said they would oppose the Senate farm legislation.
The White House spent much of the day defending the National Security Agency's secret collection of telephone records from millions of Americans as a "critical tool" for preventing attacks, as critics called the program- first reported by Britain's Guardian newspaper- a heavy-handed move that raised new questions about the extent of the U.S. government's spying on its citizens.
*But one member drops out, leaving a Gang of Seven. WASHINGTON, June 5- The U.S. House of Representatives "Gang of Eight" capped four years of on-again, off-again talks by reaching a tentative bipartisan agreement on Wednesday on a comprehensive deal to overhaul U.S. immigration laws.
WASHINGTON, June 5- Two leading Republican senators on Wednesday unveiled proposals requiring much tighter security on the U.S.- Mexico border before undocumented immigrants could gain legal status under the broad immigration bill the Senate is considering.
May 28- For the giants of Silicon Valley, the fall from freedom's children to social pariah has been something of a Shakespearean reversal of fortunes.
WASHINGTON, May 8- Anti-tax advocates on Wednesday applauded an effort by Senator Rand Paul to roll back important sections of a U.S. law designed to fight tax evasion by Americans with assets stored overseas.
His bill has little chance of winning approval in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Starting next year under FATCA, foreign banks, investment funds and other financial institutions will have to tell the U.S. Internal Revenue Service about Americans with accounts that are worth more than $50,000.
*Businesses eager for treaties to win Senate approval. Citing privacy concerns about Americans' tax data, Paul, a Republican and libertarian, has single-handedly blocked Senate action on treaties with Hungary, Switzerland and Luxembourg that have been signed by authorities on both sides, but have been awaiting Senate review since 2011..
WASHINGTON, March 21- The majority of Americans favor giving millions of illegal immigrants a way to earn citizenship, according to a survey released on Thursday, highlighting public support for efforts in Congress to reform immigration law.
CARACAS- Sobbing and shouting, a throng of Hugo Chavez's supporters paraded his coffin through the streets of Caracas on Wednesday in an emotional outpouring that could help his deputy win an election to keep his socialist revolution alive.
WASHINGTON, Feb 17- The White House is drafting a backup immigration reform plan in case a bipartisan congressional committee working on a bill fails, an Obama Administration official said on Sunday, though a key Republican said the president's plan would be "dead on arrival" on Capitol Hill.