STORE

Ron Wyden

Tim Scott, Marco Rubio

Ryan Bounds Withdrawn After Tim Scott, Marco Rubio Sink Nomination

The White House formally withdrew the nomination of federal prosecutor Ryan Bounds for a spot on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Tuesday after Sens. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Friday torpedoed his nomination despite broad establishment backing.

Donald Trump

Democrats Try to Block Trump’s Judicial Nominees with Blue Slips

Democrats are trying to resurrect a way to block President Trump’s judicial nominees with “blue slips” as the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares for a hearing Wednesday on the nomination of Ryan Bounds to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Senate Democrats Condemn Obama for Anti-Israel UN Vote

Some Senate Democrats have issued scathing statements against President Barack Obama and his administration’s decision to break with longstanding tradition to veto anti-Israel resolutions, choosing, instead, to abstain from voting in a United Nations Security Council vote. The vote called for

Sen. Ron Wyden Blasts CIA For Censoring Torture Report

Sen. Ron Wyden Blasts CIA For Censoring Torture Report

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Ron Wyden says the CIA is trying to blunt the impact of an upcoming Senate report examining the harsh treatment of al-Qaida detainees by insisting on censoring the pseudonyms used for agency officers mentioned in the

Senate Backs Obama Judge Pick Who Wrote Drone Memo

Senate Backs Obama Judge Pick Who Wrote Drone Memo

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a federal appeals court nominee who helped develop the government’s legal rationale for using drones to kill American terrorist suspects abroad. The 52-43 vote cleared the way for a Thursday

Obama Admin Makes New Rules on Grains, Breweries Rebel

Obama Admin Makes New Rules on Grains, Breweries Rebel

For generations brewers have been selling leftover brewing grains to farmers to feed to their livestock, but now the feds want to interfere and make that transaction harder and more expensive, a move that will drive up the costs of

Rockefeller, Wyden Want New Laws on Oil Train Derailments

Rockefeller, Wyden Want New Laws on Oil Train Derailments

On Thursday, the Democratic chairmen of the Senate Transportation and Energy committees, Sens. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., pushed the Obama administration to take “prompt and decisive” action addressing the problem of oil train derailments.  The senators wrote

Growing Backlash to Government Surveillance

Growing Backlash to Government Surveillance

(AP) Growing backlash to government surveillanceBy MARTHA MENDOZAAP National WriterSAN JOSE, Calif.From Silicon Valley to the South Pacific, counterattacks to revelations of widespread National Security Agency surveillance are taking shape, from a surge of new encrypted email programs to technology

Congress Set to Let DNI Clapper Skate on Possible Perjury

Congress Set to Let DNI Clapper Skate on Possible Perjury

Despite Congress apparent ire over the possible perjury of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, it seems that Clapper has now emerged without so much as a scratch over his National Security Agency surveillance testimony earlier this year. In March

DNI Clapper Admits 'Clearly Erroneous' Testimony on NSA Surveillance

DNI Clapper Admits 'Clearly Erroneous' Testimony on NSA Surveillance

On Tuesday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper apologized for what he termed a “clearly erroneous” statement he made under oath to Congress regarding the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. On March 12, Clapper responded in the negative to a

Sen. Wyden: Top Obama Security Officials Lied to Congress About PRISM

Sen. Wyden: Top Obama Security Officials Lied to Congress About PRISM

On Tuesday, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) suggested two prominent Obama administration national security officials lied to Congress about their knowledge of the National Security Agency’s phone and Internet spying programs.  Wyden, who is on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Director

Senators Introduce Bill to Declassify FISA Court Rulings

Senators Introduce Bill to Declassify FISA Court Rulings

Eight senators sponsored a bill on Tuesday that would declassify rulings made by courts that operate under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) were joined by Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dean

Reporter: Senate Democrats Find Obama Admin's Data Grabs Extremist

Reporter: Senate Democrats Find Obama Admin's Data Grabs Extremist

Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian talks with CNN’s Jake Tapper about Democratic senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall, who objected to the Obama Administration over its interpretation of the PATRIOT Act, leading to indiscriminate collection of Americans’ phone records. “These