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Stories with subject: Defense policy
  • Walker says Paul not helped by Patriot Act position 
    Updated: Jun-01-15 12:15 pm

    DELAVAN, Wisconsin - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he does not think Rand Paul's opposition to allowing the National Security Agency to collect Americans' phone records in bulk is not helping the Kentucky senator's presidential run.

  • Parts of post-Sept. 11 Patriot Act expire as Senate fails to act before midnight 
    Updated: Jun-01-15 12:03 am

    WASHINGTON - Parts of post-Sept. 11 Patriot Act expire as Senate fails to act before midnight.

  • Kentucky GOP embraces Bevin's candidacy at annual dinner 
    Updated: May-30-15 9:29 pm

    LEXINGTON, Kentucky - In one year, Matt Bevin has gone from party crasher to party leader.

  • Disagreement over impact if US surveillance laws do expire story has photos
    Updated: May-30-15 3:00 pm

    WASHINGTON - Barring a last-minute deal in Congress, three post-Sept. 11 surveillance laws used against suspected spies and terrorists are set to expire as Sunday turns into Monday.

  • Obama: 'Handful of senators' standing in way of Patriot Act story has photos
    Updated: May-29-15 6:10 pm

    WASHINGTON - Blaming a "handful of senators" for stalled national security legislation, President Barack Obama said Friday he has told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senators that he expects them to take action swiftly to extend key Patriot Act provisions.

  • Paul claims new momentum ahead of second Senate showdown story has photos
    Updated: May-29-15 4:44 pm

    CHICAGO - A confident Rand Paul claimed new momentum Friday in his fight against government surveillance programs, just days ahead of his second Capitol Hill showdown in as many weeks.

  • 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.

  • 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.