What had been under-the-radar accusations erupted into a political firestorm Tuesday, when a top lawmaker took to the Senate floor to accuse the CIA of spying on her panel — possibly breaking the law...
What had been under-the-radar accusations erupted into a political firestorm Tuesday, when a top lawmaker took to the Senate floor to accuse the CIA of spying on her panel — possibly breaking the law and violating the Constitution. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the Democratic chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, says the nation's top spy agency has been spying on the panel, charges that CIA chief John Brennan denies. So what's at root? After the panel launched a three-year probe in 2009 of Bush-era CIA interrogation tactics, the CIA turned over 6.2 million pages of documents stored on a CIA computer network at a secure location. But Feinstein said in a Senate speech Tuesday that CIA employees interfered with the probe by removing certain documents and carried out an improper search of the computer system Senate staffers were using. Among the documents she said disappeared: Internal documents that documented CIA wrongdoing.
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Two of the key figures in the bridge lane closure scandal that has engulfed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration were in court Tuesday arguing that they shouldn't have to turn over text messages...
Two of the key figures in the bridge lane closure scandal that has engulfed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration were in court Tuesday arguing that they shouldn't have to turn over text messages and other personal communications to a panel of lawmakers investigating the closures. Bridget Kelly, Christie's former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Stepien, his former two-time campaign manager, insist that by complying with the subpoenas they would risk self-incrimination — something they say the Fifth Amendment prevents them from doing. On Tuesday, though, the judge didn't decide the matter after three hours of arguments and didn't give a timeline for when she might. Kelly famously sent the "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" email that appeared to set in motion a scheme to trigger a traffic nightmare in the town as political retribution.
A woman says she found the head of what appeared to be a small reptile in her salad when she ordered lunch from a restaurant food chain in Manhattan Tuesday. Robin Sandusky, a theatrical coordinator, said...
A woman says she found the head of what appeared to be a small reptile in her salad when she ordered lunch from a restaurant food chain in Manhattan Tuesday. Robin Sandusky, a theatrical coordinator, said she ordered a kale salad from a Guy & Gallard store in Chelsea for delivery to her workplace. She began eating the salad when she spotted what she thought was a pea. "I turned it over, and I could see its eye," she told NBC 4 New York. Sandusky called the store and asked for a refund. She said she declined the store's offer for a replacement salad. The delivery worker retrieved the salad and refunded Sandusky, the store manager at the Seventh Avenue location confirmed. The manager, who only gave his last name as Alan, said he apologized but couldn't confirm that a dead animal part was in the food.
President Obama stopped at a Gap store in Manhattan Tuesday, purchasing sweaters for his daughters and a workout top for his wife, in a show of support for the chain's decision to raise wages for U.S. employees.
President Obama stopped at a Gap store in Manhattan Tuesday, purchasing sweaters for his daughters and a workout top for his wife, in a show of support for the chain's decision to raise wages for U.S. employees. The Gap has committed to raising wages to a minimum of $10 an hour by next year. Obama wants Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10, but lawmakers have resisted. At the store, Obama perused khakis and sweatshirts before a saleswoman talked him through some options for his girls. For the first lady, he picked out a navy blue zip-up workout shirt. Obama, who was in New York for Democratic fundraisers, said he's "continuing to push Congress to boost minimum wage." "Congrats to the Gap, and I am very pleased with my sweaters," Obama said.
An Oregon family says they're not ready to give up on their pet cat, even after it attacked their baby and forced the family to take cover in a bedroom. The 4-year-old cat, a 22-pound part-Himalayan named...
An Oregon family says they're not ready to give up on their pet cat, even after it attacked their baby and forced the family to take cover in a bedroom. The 4-year-old cat, a 22-pound part-Himalayan named Lux, might look harmless, but its owners say it has a "history" of violent behavior. Emergency dispatchers in Portland sent officers to contain the cat after receiving the family’s frantic 911 call. When police got there, the family was too afraid to come out of the bedroom to let them in. Officers eventually got inside and were able to snare Lux and put him behind bars -- in a crate. The family says that even though Lux is just a cat, they were genuinely scared. "He started hissing and -- just rarrrr, like yowls, not like a meow, but yowls,” said Teresa Barker, the cat’s co-owner. “He was really like crazy." Click through to read some of the family's 911 call. Read »
The Newtown, Conn. police officer who hasn't returned to work since the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School because of post-traumatic stress disorder wants lawmakers to expand the state's worker's compensation bill so that it covers his condition. Thomas Bean, who responded to the mass shooting that left 20 children and six educators dead at the school, said he has been plagued by depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts since and can't go back to work in law enforcement. He is now getting about half his pay through Newtown's long-term disability insurance, but his policy is due to end in the middle of next year. But a bill that's before a state legislative panel would provide worker's comp coverage to state or municipal employees who are diagnosed with PTSD after witnessing a traumatic event in connection with their job.
Republican David Jolly defeated Democrat Alex Sink on Tuesday in a Tampa-area House district where President Barack Obama's health care overhaul got its first test ahead of November's midterm elections. With almost 100 percent of the vote counted, Jolly had 48.5 percent of the vote to Sink's 46.7 percent. Libertarian Lucas Overby had 4.8 percent. Sink conceded shortly before 8 p.m. in the race to replace the late congressman Bill Young, who died last year. Jolly, a former Young aide backed by Republicans and outside groups, campaigned on repealing the health care law, saying in one ad that Sink would undermine Medicare because of Democratic-passed cuts to programs under "Obamacare." Sink is a former state chief financial officer and was the Democratic nominee for governor in 2010, when she narrowly lost to Rick Scott.
The wife of convicted child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky said that she is “not a weak spouse,” and is convinced that the former former Penn State assistant football coach “did not do the horrible crimes that...
The wife of convicted child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky said that she is "not a weak spouse" and is convinced that the former former Penn State assistant football coach "did not do the horrible crimes that he's convicted of." Dottie Sandusky tearfully defended her husband in her first-ever television interview, telling the "Today" show's Matt Lauer that she was always taught, and taught her kids, to be truthful. Asked what changes she has seen in her husband since his incarceration, she recalled that a friend had written to ask what he most took for granted. "And he said family meals, fun time with the grandkids playing ball (and) doing special things with friends," she said. Jerry Sandusky was sentenced in 2012 to 30 to 60 years in prison after being convicted of sexually abusing boys over a 15-year period. His wife's full "Today" interview airs Wednesday.
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden called Calif. Sen. Dianne Feinstein a hypocrite Tuesday for complaining about alleged CIA snooping of Senate Intelligence Committee computers, NBC News reported. Snowden's comments came just a day after he spoke at the South by Southwest festival in Texas. Feinstein, who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday that the CIA had spied on the committee's computers and that the agency's searches were possibly illegal and in violation of the Fourth Amendment. Speaking of Feinstein, Snowden said, “It's equally if not more concerning that we're seeing another 'Merkel Effect,' where an elected official does not care at all that the rights of millions of ordinary citizens are violated by our spies, but suddenly it's a scandal when a politician finds out the same thing happens to them." Feinstein actively criticized Snowden after he released thousands of classified documents revealing the National Security Agency's global surveillance programs.
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CIA Director John Brennan denied that the agency spied on Senate Intelligence Committee computers to foil an investigation into illegal detention and interrogations under the Bush administration. "The CIA was no way way spying on [the committee] or the Senate," he said. Brennan made the comments during a discussion with NBC News' Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday at the Council on Foreign Relations. The denial came after Senate Intelligence Committee head Dianne Feinstein accused the CIA of searching the panel's computers — a possibly illegal act in violation of the Constitution. "The CIA just went and searched the committee's computers," said Feinstein, calling the matter a "defining moment."
The chief executive's appearance on Zach Galifianakis' “Between Two Ferns” marks a risky new phase in President Obama's role as talk-show-guest-in-chief. He played the late-night TV entertainment show...
The chief executive's appearance on Zach Galifianakis' “Between Two Ferns” marks a risky new phase in President Obama's role as talk-show-guest-in-chief. He played the late-night TV entertainment show circuit like no other sitting president during the 2012 re-election campaign. Now he’s using entertainment media to plug his programs while trying to secure his legacy.
A San Jose police officer has been charged with raping a hotel maid whom authorities say he was tasked with helping after she had fled a fight with her drunken husband. San Jose police said that Officer Geoffrey...
A San Jose police officer has been charged with raping a hotel maid whom authorities say he was tasked with helping after she had fled a fight with her drunken husband. San Jose police said that Officer Geoffrey Evatt Graves, 38, was arrested on Monday of one count of felony sexual assault following a five-month investigation. The Santa Clara County District Attorney, however, ended up filing one count of forcible rape. Graves posted $100,000 bail, and will not be formally arraigned until March 24. If he is convicted of the charge, he could face a maximum of eight years in prison and have to register as a sex offender, according to court documents filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court. A judge may decide at a probable cause hearing to force him to take an HIV test.