House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney “set a tone and an attitude for the CIA” that led to the agency’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques at secret prisons after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
A shooting by an Iraq War veteran at Fort Hood in Texas last week calls attention to the importance of bolstering security at military bases and the emotional well- being of personnel strained by multiple deployments and federal budget cuts, U.S. lawmakers said.
Senate intelligence committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein said she supports requiring court approval for all searches of U.S. telephone records, setting the stage for a legislative fight over how to rein in the powers of the National Security Agency.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Russia must pull forces back from Ukraine’s border as both sides seek a diplomatic solution, while his Russian counterpart urged the government in Kiev consider devolving power to give Ukraine’s regions more autonomy.
Ukraine’s foreign minister said the risk of war with Russia was growing as President Barack Obama prepared to travel to Europe amid calls from U.S. lawmakers for more Western support for the Kiev government.
U.S. senators of both political parties decried today’s referendum in Crimea as a sham, urging tighter sanctions on Russia and military assistance for Ukraine as it seeks to retain its Black Sea peninsula.
When President Barack Obama flew to Miami earlier this month, Air Force One steered clear of the St. Petersburg area, where Democrat Alex Sink was in the stretch run of a tight race for an open House seat.