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Threats to Clean Air Act Authority: A Primer

By | 09.17.10 | 12:01 pm

There have been rumblings this week of another push to block the Obama administration’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act, and for those of you who haven’t kept up with every jot and tittle of this fight, I thought today might be a good time More…

Senate Intel Committee: No Clapper; Yea Panetta

By | 05.25.10 | 3:38 pm

In a statement she put out yesterday afternoon, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, sure sounded like she didn’t want defense intelligence chief James Clapper to take over for the departing Dennis Blair as the next director of national intelligence. (“It will More…

Intel Chief Issues Tepid Reaction to Senate’s Abdulmutallab Report

By | 05.18.10 | 7:27 pm

It’s so dry it borders on passive-aggressive. “Immediately following the attempted attack, Director Blair initiated reviews to identify [intelligence community]-wide shortcomings and potential solutions,” reads a statement from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Dennis Blair, responding to this afternoon’s declassified Senate report on systemic intelligence failures More…

Senate Intel Committee Blasts National Counterterrorism Center on Abdulmutallab

By | 05.18.10 | 5:48 pm

A long-awaited report from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence into the failed bombing attempt aboard Northwest Flight 253 by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab essentially finds that the nation’s premier center for terrorism intelligence didn’t do its job ahead of the Christmastime danger.

“Prior to 12/25,” reads the report, spearheaded by More…

Feinstein Urges Clinton to Add Pakistani Taliban, Haqqani Network to Banned Terrorist List

By | 05.13.10 | 6:20 pm

In the wake of the attempted Times Square bombing, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, is urging Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to include what she considers affiliated extremist groups — the Pakistani Taliban and the Haqqani Network — on the State More…

Kit Bond: The Face of Alert Intelligence Oversight

By | 05.13.10 | 11:18 am

Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.) seemed pretty animated on Monday afternoon when he spoke to a bunch of us reporters after receiving an intelligence briefing on would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad. He lit into Attorney General Eric Holder for what he characterized as a public misrepresentation of the relationship More…

Feinstein, Bond: No Definitive Evidence Yet Tying Pakistani Taliban to Times Square Bomber

By | 05.11.10 | 5:38 pm

Following a classified briefing on the attempted car-bombing of Times Square for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the panel’s leadership said there was not yet definitive evidence tying the Pakistani Taliban to the failed terrorist attack believed to be perpetrated by naturalized U.S. citizen Faisal Shahzad.

But committee chairwoman More…

When No-Fly Notifications Go Wrong

By | 05.11.10 | 9:47 am

Why was Times Square bomb suspect Faisal Shahzad allowed to board an Emirates flight to Dubai last week even after he was placed on the no-fly list? Mark Hosenball reports that the FBI was worried about tipping him off:

[A]t the FBI’s request, some, but not all airlines, were


Five Republicans Break Ranks as Jobs Bill Passes Cloture Vote

By | 02.22.10 | 6:46 pm

The Senate just voted 62-30 to allow a $15 billion jobs bill to go to the floor for a final up-or-down vote. Five Republicans crossed the aisle to vote for the bill, while Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) was the only Democrat to vote against it.

From The New York More…