U.S. intelligence officials offered no apologies for spying on foreign leaders without specifying who they targeted, defending the practice as the same thing other nations do to the American government.
Even amid international criticisms over some National Security Agency intelligence gathering activities, there are few signs Congress this year will alter the programs’ guts: what’s collected and how it’s used.
U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky, an Illinois Democrat and former member of President Barack Obama's deficit commission, discusses the prospects of a federal government shutdown when spending authority expires Friday.
The landmark Blackstone Hotel in downtown Chicago, which has hosted 12 U.S. presidents, opened in 2008 after a two-year, $116 million renovation. Inside the Beaux Arts structure, built in 1910, buffed marble staircases greet guests spending up to $699 a night for rooms with views of Lake Michigan.
Legislation to give Verizon Communications Inc. and Google Inc. legal protection for sharing cyber-attack information with the U.S. government has stalled after leaks about spy programs showed the companies are already turning over data.
Four months after reaching a bipartisan agreement to extend a payroll tax cut through 2012, U.S. lawmakers and President Barack Obama are showing little fervor for continuing the break, which puts about $1,000 a year in an average worker’s pocket.
The leaders of President Barack Obama ’s debt-reduction commission unveiled a revised $3.8 trillion savings plan as panel members signaled reluctance to reach a consensus to cut benefits and eliminate tax breaks.
President Barack Obama said the U.S. is seeking corroboration of intelligence that Bashar al- Assad’s regime in Syria used chemical weapons in that country’s civil war, reiterating that confirmation would be a “game- changer” for the U.S. response.