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Stories with subject: Defense policy
  • Paul running hard on civil liberties after his Senate gambit 
    Updated: May-29-15 3:10 am

    CHICAGO - Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is fighting to transform his opposition to government surveillance programs into political momentum as the 2016 presidential campaign gets underway.

  • FBI: Surveillance tools in jeopardy amid Patriot Act debate story has photos
    Updated: May-27-15 7:00 pm

    WASHINGTON - As Congress wrestles over renewing the bulk collection of Americans' phone records, federal law enforcement officials are warning that legal authority is also at risk for lesser-known surveillance tools that are even more valuable in fighting terrorism.

  • Chris Christie continues to criticize Patriot Act opponents 
    Updated: May-27-15 10:53 am

    NEWARK, New Jersey - Gov. Chris Christie says lawmakers currently debating the fate of the Patriot Act lack his real-world experience and again made the case that the legislation should be renewed in its current form.

  • Defense chief's criticism of Iraqis raises policy questions story has photos
    Updated: May-25-15 7:25 am

    WASHINGTON - The Islamic State group's takeover of the Iraqi provincial capital Ramadi has prompted criticism from Defense Secretary Ash Carter and raised new questions about the Obama administration's strategy to defeat the extremist group.

  • NSA winds down once-secret phone-records collection program story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-23-15 2:05 pm

    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.

  • Christie criticizes Senate's failure to extend Patriot Act 
    Updated: May-23-15 12:20 pm

    MORRISTOWN, New Jersey - Gov. Chris Christie said the U.S. Senate's failure to extend the Patriot Act could have dangerous consequences.

  • Senate clears White House-backed trade bill story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-23-15 4:33 am

    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.

  • Watchdog report examines FBI's use of Patriot Act authority 
    Updated: May-21-15 10:10 pm

    WASHINGTON - The FBI has broadened the scope of records it seeks under a section of the Patriot Act that permits agents to gather wide-ranging materials during national security investigations, and also took too long to create procedures for the handling of certain nonpublic information it collects, according to a watchdog report issued Thursday as Congress weighs the future of government surveillance authority.

  • Highlights of $612 billion defense bill approved by House 
    Updated: May-15-15 1:57 pm

    WASHINGTON - Highlights of a $612 billion defense policy bill for next year that the House approved Friday by 269-151, despite a threatened veto by President Barack Obama:

  • House GOP strips immigration language from defense bill 
    Updated: May-14-15 7:42 pm

    WASHINGTON - House conservatives on Thursday voted down a nonbinding provision aimed at helping young immigrants without permanent legal status enlist in the military, angering some fellow Republicans and handing Democrats a political issue heading into an election year.

  • 5 things to know about the NSA court ruling 
    Updated: May-08-15 3:50 pm

    WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court has declared illegal the National Security Agency program that collects data on the landline telephone records of nearly every American. The ruling Thursday, the first of its kind by an appeals court, comes as Congress considers whether to continue, end or overhaul the program before June 1, when the legal provisions authorizing it expire.

  • Conservatives threaten defense bill over immigration 
    Updated: May-06-15 5:40 pm

    WASHINGTON - Two dozen House conservatives are threatening to oppose a sweeping defense policy bill over a nonbinding provision aimed at allowing immigrants brought illegally to this country as children to serve in the military. Their move could provoke a clash on a perennially volatile topic that's become a major issue in the presidential campaign.

  • TRICARE revamp rejected, other benefit changes backed 
    Updated: Apr-30-15 6:42 pm

    WASHINGTON - The White House has rejected a proposal to largely replace the military's TRICARE health care system, but has agreed to further study a proposal that would let service members participate in retirement savings plans like a 401(k).