U.S. said to ready criminal charges against Sen. Menendez
By 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
By 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'
Republican 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
By 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
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
Jeb 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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