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  • WASHINGTON— The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month. Barring an 11th hour compromise when the Senate returns to session May 31, a much-debated provision of...

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate struggled unsuccessfully to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, blocking a House-passed bill and several short-term extensions of the USA Patriot Act. Finally, McConnell announced early Saturday that the Senate would begin a weeklong Memorial Day break and return on Sunday, May 31,...

  • Senate clears White House-backed trade bill Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 12:16 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. Separate legislation to prevent parts of the anti-terror USA Patriot Act from lapsing on June 1 was caught in a...

  • Senate clears White House-backed trade bill Friday, 22 May 2015 | 3:08 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. A total of 48 Republicans supported the measure, but only 14 of the Senate's 44 Democrats backed a president of their...

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- There were no fancy economic models or forecasts when former Florida Governor Jeb Bush first tossed out the idea that 4 percent annual growth should be the overarching goal for the U.S. economy. But what started as a casual suggestion during a 2010 conference call with advisers to the George W. Bush Institute, a public policy center in Dallas, has...

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate appeared headed for early Saturday morning votes on whether to change the way the National Security Agency handles American calling records, raising the possibility of a halt to that collection program and two less controversial surveillance techniques designed to track spies and terrorists. With the House already gone for a 10- day...

  • With the Senate expected to vote as soon as Friday, Burr predicted the House bill would fail to break the 60- vote threshold needed to end debate, and he envisioned the same fate for a two-month extension of current law proposed by Senate leaders. As a compromise, he predicted, the leadership would propose that the Senate vote Friday to extend current law between 5...

  • *House of Representatives watching Senate outcome. WASHINGTON, May 20- President Barack Obama's keynote Asian trade push risks failing in a Senate vote on Thursday, a result that would threaten the administration's diplomatic pivot to Asia to counter China's rising economic and political clout in the region. A vote to advance debate requires 60 votes in the...

  • Paul commandeers Senate to protest Patriot Act Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 1:42 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul commandeered the Senate floor Wednesday to deliver an hours-long protest against renewal of the Patriot Act, calling the post- Sept. 11 law government intrusion on Americans' privacy. "There comes a time in the history of nations when fear and complacency allow power to accumulate and liberty and...

  • Small business is key in presidential campaign playbook Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 3:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Small businesses aren't in the dire straits they were four years ago, but presidential candidates aren't letting go of an issue they think will get them votes. Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton has made small business one of the top items on her campaign agenda. In the 2012 race, there was little noise about small business until four months before Election...

  • WASHINGTON, May 15- When Republican Stefanie Linares ran for office in the deeply Democratic city of Chicago last year, she knew that her hard work wasn't likely to end in victory. The 31- year-old Hispanic lawyer lost her bid for the Illinois state Senate by a whopping margin. The Republican party fielded eight state legislature candidates in Chicago last year,...

  • WASHINGTON, May 12- In unusual remarks for a moderate Republican who may run for president, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on Tuesday the Federal Reserve deserved part of the blame for a widening gulf between the rich and the poor. Though Christie has not formally launched a White House campaign, his remarks revealed the basis of his economic plan should...

  • WASHINGTON— Of all the buzzwords and phrases popping up early in the presidential campaign, "income inequality" must be close to the top of the list. While Hillary Rodham Clinton and new primary opponent Sen. There are all kinds of subtexts associated with this idea, among them: stagnating middle-class incomes, increasing economic power for the privileged few,...

  • Rand Paul courts tech by blasting NSA snooping Sunday, 10 May 2015 | 4:59 PM ET
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    Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul sparked applause from a tech-heavy audience when he criticized the NSA's data collection.

  • *U.S. appeals court says Congress did not authorize spy program. *White House and Congress work on an alternative program. NEW YORK, May 7- A U.S. spying program that systematically collects millions of Americans' phone records is illegal, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday, putting pressure on Congress to quickly decide whether to replace or end a...

  • While stopping short of declaring the program unconstitutional, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said Congress did not authorize the National Security Agency to collect Americans' phone records in bulk. Lynch said it is for Congress to make clear whether it considers the NSA program permissible. Federal appeals courts in Washington, D.C. and...

  • WASHINGTON, May 5- The U.S. Senate on Tuesday narrowly passed a Republican budget plan that prescribes deep domestic spending cuts to eliminate deficits by 2024 and aids the party's goal of trying to dismantle President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. The first combined House-Senate budget in six years passed 51-48 with all Senate Democrats and two...

  • The "net neutrality" rules, which are slated to take effect in June, are backed by the Obama administration and were passed by the Democratic majority of the Federal Communications Commission in February. AT&T Inc and wireless and cable trade associations are challenging them in court. Paul's resolution, if adopted, would allow the Senate to fast-track a vote to...

  • Rand Paul campaign in hot water over Ray-Bans Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 2:14 PM ET
    Rand Paul with sunglasses as he stops to look at the Bulldog mascot statue at the Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina

    Paul's campaign will pull Ray-Ban sunglasses imprinted with a "Rand" logo from its online store after the company complained.

  • Behind the Koch 'endorsement' of Scott Walker Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 10:32 AM ET
    Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin, speaks during the Leadership Forum at the 144th National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meetings and Exhibits at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

    Billionaire businessman David Koch is pushing back against reports that he endorsed Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for president. NBC News reports.