Tunisia was the first Arab country this year to overthrow its long-ruling dictator. And it now is the first country of the Arab Spring to hold an election, one that international observers are calling remarkably free and fair.
In the last decade of his extraordinary life, Sidney Harman -- who died this week at age 92 -- watched the price of the company he built, Harman International, peak at a giddy $132 per share and then fall to $10; was dumped by Henry Kravis of KKR; reluctantly turned the management of Harman over to a new CEO; and then improbably bought Newsweek.
Joe Lieberman, Jane Harman and Jim Webb have all recently announced they will be retiring from Congress. Add to this the news that funding for the Democratic Leadership Council has dried up and it will be closing its doors, and that the self-described moderate Blue Dog coalition of House Democrats has dwindled from 54 members last year to 25 this year and we can draw a lamentable conclusion: It's the end of the moderate Democratic party.
In a most public fashion, congressional lawmakers have been grilling Toyota officials this week about safety defects that have caused some of the automaker's vehicles to accelerate without warning. Accidents and deaths are being linked to these problems.
A source close to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi now confirms that Pelosi was told in February 2003 by her intelligence aide, Michael Sheehy, that waterboarding was actually used on CIA detainee Abu Zubaydah.
A year ago, when he was only 88 and not yet jilted, Sidney Harman was autocratically doing what he likes best: running Harman International Industries, a company he built pretty much from scratch. His business, headquartered five blocks from the White House, makes upscale audio and electronic gear that goes by such household names as Harman/Kardon, JBL, and Infinity. Sidney, executive chairman by title and a founding father of audio high fidelity by reputation, along the way constructed an unusually interesting personal life. He is married to U.S. Representative Jane Harman, 62, a California Democrat whose relationship to the very rich Sidney, plus Harman stock she controls herself, makes her No. 1 on the list of wealthiest members of Congress. Sidney - we will call him that to distinguish him from the company - is a patron of the arts, an author of a very readable management book ("Mind Your Own Business"), and the holder of a Ph.D. He is both a fitness nut and a diehard golfer,
The then-senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee urged the CIA in 2003 not to destroy videotapes it had made of the interrogations of terrorist detainees, according to the newly declassified letter.
(WASHINGTON)--U.S. border officials told Congress on Wednesday that a lone officer undid their efforts to stop a man with a dangerous form of tuberculosis from entering the country -- but that explanation was met with skepticism from lawmakers who said the case exposed plenty of holes in the nation's security."We dodged a bullet," House Homeland Security Committee chairman Bennie Thompson said as he opened a hearing into the case of Andrew Speaker, a 31-year-old Atlanta lawyer whose wedding and honeymoon travel caused an international health scare.Speaker was testifying to another congressional committee by audio hookup from the National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver, where he is hospitalized in isolation.Thompson, D-Miss., said the explanations by Homeland Security and public health officials don't explain why they always seemed to be steps behind Speaker as he traveled to Europe last month to get married, have a honeymoon, and return to the U.S."We should have connected more dots," said T
Fresh from a defeat in her bid to appoint a controversial congressman as House majority leader, incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday she will not appoint Rep. Alcee Hastings to head the House intelligence committee.
As political debate churned over an intelligence report released Tuesday, a top Democrat called for the release of a second, new National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq that she says "paints a grim picture."
Islamist terrorists are adapting to global counterterrorism efforts, as the "jihadist movement" is becoming more decentralized and spawning offshoot organizations with anti-American agendas, according to a declassified intelligence document released Tuesday.
President Bush said Thursday he will "conform with the findings" of the Supreme Court that strongly limit his power to conduct military tribunals for suspected terrorists imprisoned at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The suicides of three inmates at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp has spurred renewed calls for changes at the facility, with one Republican senator urging the Bush administration to try suspected terrorists held there.
Several Democratic U.S. lawmakers pointed to a newly broadcast audiotape purported to be from Osama bin Laden as a sign that the Bush administration has wasted efforts in Iraq instead of adequately cracking down on al Qaeda.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist predicted Sunday that Congress will have an intelligence overhaul bill by midweek, even though the chairmen of the House and Senate armed services committees want changes in its current version.
Top Democrats and Republicans expressed anger and frustration Sunday over the failure of the House to pass a broad intelligence reorganization bill, pointing fingers at some conservative lawmakers and the Department of Defense.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Top lawmakers from both parties predicted Sunday that President Bush's nominee for CIA director, Rep. Porter Goss, would win confirmation despite misgivings among some Democrats that a politician should not fill the post.
Complaining that Democrats were not consulted about coming House hearings to consider the 9/11 commission's proposals, California Rep. Jane Harman said the hearings will be meaningless without a significant change in focus.
The final report from the 9/11 commission will recommend creating a Cabinet-level post to oversee intelligence responsibilities that are spread across the government, according to a source familiar with the document.
In a highly critical report issued Friday, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee found that the CIA's prewar estimates of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction were overstated and unsupported by intelligence.
Top GOP leaders said Wednesday they oppose the release of hundreds of fresh images showing the abuse of Iraqi prisoners, saying they could compromise the prosecution of those soldiers implicated in the acts and further inflame tensions in Iraq.
The images of naked Iraqi prisoners being tormented at the Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad not only have shocked the public but also have come as an unwelcome surprise to members of Congress who are supposed to be watching over the intelligence community.
The fallout from photographs showing Iraqi prisoners being degraded and humiliated at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison included finger-pointing, denials of responsibility and the formal reprimand of six American soldiers Monday.