President Obama will look past Congress and focus on issues he can tackle through his own power in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night.
Another debt limit showdown in February could be brewing as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Sunday that Republicans would press the White House to approve the Keystone XL pipeline in exchange for a debt ceiling hike.
A federal privacy oversight board says the federal government should end the intelligence community's bulk storage of telephony metadata, stating that it has "shown minimal value" in counterterrorism efforts and that it raises constitutional concerns.
Verizon released its first report on government requests for customer information Jan. 22, drawing praise for its thoroughness. Federal, state and local authorities issued more than 320,000 requests for customer data in 2013, in the form of subpoenas, warrants, national security letters and court orders.
President Obama announced reforms to the National Security Agency's surveillance programs in a speech Jan. 17, while also repeatedly defending their importance.
The clash over sanctions against Iran between President Obama and members of Congress--including Democrats--has complicated the idea that the president has more leeway on foreign affairs issues than domestic matters.
The Supreme Court Monday heard oral arguments on a case that could determine the way presidents can use recess appointments to fill positions that normally require Senate approval. The case (.pdf), National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning, challenges the constitutionality of President Obama's three recess appointments in 2012 to the federal labor relations board, appointments the D.C. Court of Appeals decision in 2013 said were unconstitutional.
The Senate confirmed Jeh Johnson to be the new homeland security secretary Dec. 16 by a 78-16 vote. It also moved a step closer to confirming Alejandro Mayorkas as deputy secretary of DHS, with Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filing a cloture motion to proceed with his nomination.
A federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency bulk telephony data program likely violates the Fourth Amendment, characterizing a court case key to the program's legal underpinnings as irrelevant in an era of ubiquitous telecommunication. Official reaction to the ruling has been terse.
The Senate voted to end debate on the two year budget deal Tuesday, which paves the way for the legislation's passage. The bill (H.J. Res. 59), which sets discretionary spending topline for the current fiscal year at $1.012 trillion and fiscal 2015 at $1.014 trillion, was advanced in a 67-33 vote. Twelve Senate Republicans joined all 55 Democrats and Independents in voting for to end debate.