Senate Opens Confirmation Hearings for CIA Director Nominee
The U.S. Senate begins confirmation hearings for President Bush's nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, General Michael Hayden, who currently serves as deputy director of national intelligence. Senators are expected to ask Hayden tough questions about controversial surveillance activities of the National Security Agency, which he once led. The hearings before the ... May 18, 2006 - Voice of America
Senate Votes to Deny Citizenship to Illegal Immigrants with Criminal Record
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Senate Wednesday continued work on an immigration reform bill, voting to bar illegal immigrants with criminal records from becoming U.S. citizens and build a fence along a portion of the U.S. border with Mexico. Senators voted unanimously (99 to 0) to block illegal immigrants convicted of crimes from becoming legal residents or U.S. citizens ... May 17, 2006 - Voice of America
Rumsfeld Urges Congress to Support Defense Budget Requests
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. troops serving in the war on terror are giving their all and deserve everything the country can give them to help them succeed, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today in urging Congress to pass the fiscal 2007 defense budget and 2006 budget supplemental requests. "The troops have done everything that's been asked of them, and they've ... May 17, 2006 - American Forces Press Service
Pelosi Says Republican Budget ''Out of Whack''
Washington, D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Caucus Chairman James E. Clyburn held a press stakeout this morning after the Democratic Caucus meeting to discuss the Republican budget that will be brought to the House floor today and the Democratic plan to achieve energy independence. Below are Pelosi's remarks: ''Today, once again the Republicans will bring to the House ... May 17, 2006 - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi news release
Bush Outlines Immigration Reform Plan
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Bush is taking steps to increase security on the southern border of the United States, as he seeks support in Congress for comprehensive immigration reform. Mr. Bush wants to spend an additional $2 billion on border security and deploy as many as 6,000 National Guard troops to back up the civilian Border Patrol. As the Congressional debate ... May 15, 2006 - Voice of America
Bush: 6,000 National Guardsmen to Assist Border Patrol in U.S. Southwest
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Southwestern border states will deploy up to 6,000 National Guardsmen to provide support to border patrol missions, President Bush said this evening in a nationally televised speech. "For decades the United States has not been in complete control of its borders," Bush said from the White House. He said he intends to see that an additional ... May 15, 2006 - American Forces Press Service
Bush Defends CIA Nominee, Domestic Eavesdropping
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In his weekly radio address Saturday, Mr. Bush said General Michael Hayden is eminently qualified to lead the CIA, an agency he described as essential to the security of the American people. "For the last year, he's been our Nation's first deputy director of national intelligence, and has played a critical role in our efforts to reform America's ... May 13, 2006 - Voice of America
Rep. Conyers: ''Rein in the President''
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Reps. Jane Harman (D-CA) and John Conyers (D-MI) today introduced the "Lawful Intelligence and Surveillance of Terrorists in an Emergency by NSA Act" (The LISTEN Act). The Act makes clear that any attempt to listen in on Americans or collect telephone or e-mail records must be conducted in accordance with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance ... May 11, 2006 - Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) press release
Bush: Diplomacy Best Immediate Course Regarding Iran
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Diplomacy is the best way to confront Iran's nuclear program, but President Bush said today in Sun City Center, Fla., he won't rule out other options if that falls through. "We will continue to work through diplomatic channels to make it clear that we mean what we say," Bush said in response to a question posed during his visit to the sprawling ... May 9, 2006 - American Forces Press Service
Republicans Concerned About Bush's Low Approval Ratings
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Two recent public opinion polls show President Bush's approval ratings in the low to mid-30s, and those low numbers are a major concern for Republicans hoping to hold onto control of Congress in midterm elections in November. Opposition Democrats are growing increasingly confident of gains in the upcoming congressional midterm election, and some political analysts ... May 9, 2006 - Voice of America
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- For years, American television producers were most likely to set their dramas in places like courtrooms, hospitals or police stations. But over the past decade, the White House and halls of Congress have also become popular settings as well.
Many credit the critically-acclaimed drama The West Wing with providing an ''insiders'' look at the U.S. presidency and Washington political process. The West Wing concluded its final season May 14, 2006 as Washington political observers reflect on the show's contributions.
The U.S. Senate begins confirmation hearings for President Bush's nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, General Michael Hayden, who currently serves as deputy director of national intelligence.
Senators are expected to ask Hayden tough questions about controversial surveillance activities of the National Security Agency, which he once led.