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U.S. said to ready criminal charges against Sen. Menendez

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez speaks about immigration reform at a news conference on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is preparing criminal corruption charges against New Jersey Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, CNN reported on Friday. Citing unnamed sources briefed on the case, CNN said the charges center on allegations Menendez used his office to promote the business interests of a Democratic Party donor and friend in exchange for gifts. Menendez's office said he would speak to the media at 7 p.m. on Friday in Newark, New Jersey. Noting the official investigation of the matter was ongoing, she said the senator's office "cannot address allegations being made anonymously." CNN said Attorney General Eric Holder has given the green light for prosecutors to proceed with charges and an announcement could arrive in coming weeks.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 18:27:48 -0500
CIA to make sweeping changes, focus more on cyber ops: agency chief

The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in McLean, VirginiaBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Central Intelligence Agency will make one of the biggest overhauls in its nearly 70-year history, aimed in part at sharpening its focus on cyber operations and incorporating digital innovations, CIA director John Brennan said. Brennan said he is creating new units within the CIA, called "mission centers," intended to concentrate the agency's focus on specific challenges or geographic areas, such as weapons proliferation or Africa. The CIA director said he also is establishing a new "Directorate of Digital Innovation" to lead efforts to track and take advantage of advances in cyber technology to gather intelligence. Historically, electronic eavesdroppers at the National Security Agency have been at the cutting edge of digital innovation within the U.S. government.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:08:23 -0500
Jeb Bush calls Clinton's U.S. State Dept. email storage 'baffling'

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs in Chicago, IllinoisRepublican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush on Friday stepped up his criticism of Hillary Clinton, calling it "baffling" that she stored official U.S. State Department emails on a personal server rather than safer government systems. "It's a dangerous world, and security would mean that you couldn't have a private server," the former Florida governor said in an interview with Radio Iowa on Friday morning. "It's a little baffling, to be honest with you." Bush and other Republicans have pounded Clinton, the early front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, for using a personal email account for work during her four years as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:14:08 -0500
With a nod and a wink, Republicans build 2016 campaign machines

Governor Walker speaks at the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action ConferenceBy Emily Flitter NEW YORK (Reuters) - Askedlast week about his agenda if elected, presumptiveRepublican presidential candidate Scott Walker began: "Should I choose to be a candidate..." Then he added with a grin: "My lawyers love it when I say that." Like the other would-be Republican candidates who took the stageover three days in Washington at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the Wisconsin governor studiously avoided mentioning any plans for the 2016 presidential election. The pantomime is crucial it allows candidates to work closely with their funding organizations to rake in big money donations without breaking campaign finance laws. Once they launch their campaign or even say they are testing the waters", they face far tighter restrictions on their fundraising.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 01:14:12 -0500
N.J. Sen. Bob Menendez to face criminal corruption charges: reports

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2015 file photo, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. It flew through the Republican-run House in 2012, and a year later 79 of the Democratic-led Senates 100 members embraced it. With Republicans now controlling both chambers of Congress, the chances for repealing the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices are better than ever. Yet abolishing the tax wont be easy, even though Republicans rank it a top priority and are backed by Democrats from states that rely on the industry for jobs. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)The Justice Department is preparing to bring criminal charges against Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., for allegedly using his position to support the business interests of a donor and friend, CNN first reported on Friday.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:22:52 -0500
Bloody Sundays: Violence against peaceful protesters from Selma to Belfast

John Lewis - Bloody SundayPresident Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Selma, Ala., on Saturday, March 7, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:09:53 -0500
Could an app from the Umbrella Revolution be used in a presidential election?

File photo of pro-democracy lawmakers carrying yellow umbrellas after leaving Legislative Council meeting to boycott government in Hong KongFireChat wants to move beyond its status as an off-the-Web resource to a messaging service that can be used on the go, and online, to create massive chat rooms in which campaigns can communicate directly with their supporters over their smartphones.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:27:57 -0500
'I was starring in a horror movie': Day 2 of the Boston Marathon bombing trial

In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line in April 2013, killing three and injuring 260 people. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)The trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev continued Thursday with more emotional testimony from survivors and first responders.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:00:02 -0500
McConnell backs off clash with Democrats on Iran

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday decided not to press ahead with a fast-tracked vote on Iran legislation in the face of Democratic opposition

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:21:42 -0500
Why 9 Potential Presidents Care About Corn, Pork and 1 Millionaire in Iowa

Why 9 Potential Presidents Care About Corn, Pork and 1 Millionaire in IowaJeb Bush, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum and Scott Walker -- will descend on Des Moines for the first-ever Iowa Agriculture Summit. Hosted by Iowa kingmaker Bruce Rastetter, an agribusiness mogul, the seven-hour summit will give these possible candidates a chance to clarify their views on agriculture policy. If youve been following the 2016 chatter at all, youve probably noticed politicians sucking up to Iowa.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 13:00:30 -0500
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