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House Republicans contest Obama’s use of autopen

WASHINGTON — Twenty-one Republican House members wrote President Barack Obama on Friday, asking him to promise to never again use a long-distance “autopen” to sign a bill. Last month, Congress authorized an extension of the post-9/11 Patriot Act just 15 minutes before the expiration of key provisions allowing for controversial…

Gingrich gets 45-day extension on disclosing personal finances

Republican presidential aspirant Newt Gingrich has received a 45-day extension of the Federal Election Commission deadline for filing his personal financial disclosure form. This gives him until July 25 to submit the disclosure, which would normally have been due this Friday, 30 days after Gingrich announced his candidacy. According to…

Obama extends Patriot Act’s emergency powers four more years

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into law a four-year extension of controversial counter-terrorism search and surveillance powers at the heart of the Patriot Act. The president signed the act into law after it was approved by Congress and just before the provisions were to expire…

Senate votes to extend controversial provisions of PATRIOT Act

WASHINGTON — The US Senate voted 72 to 23 Thursday to extend controversial counter-terrorism search and surveillance powers at the heart of the Patriot Act adopted after the September 11, 2001 attacks. In a procedural move, US lawmakers voted to end debate on the subject which would allow them to pass…

US Senate opens debate on Patriot Act

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Senate voted to open a debate on a proposed four-year extension of the Patriot Act, a controversial anti-terrorism law passed after the September 11 attacks. Key provisions of the law, which gave the government sweeping authority to conduct anti-terrorism investigations over the protests of civil…

Government employees left in the dark on shutdown procedure

With a budget showdown in Congress and only a short time left before the latest deadline expires, federal government employees have begun to get anxious about what their managers aren’t telling them. Specifically, public sector employees want to know whether they need to start looking for extra work. And they’re…

House passes two-week budget extension, averting gov’t shutdown for now

UPDATE: In a 335 to 91 vote, the House on Tuesday approved a package of legislation that would reduce spending by $8 billion and still provide funding for Congress through March 18. The legislation now heads to the Senate, where it is expected to pass easily. Original story continues below……

Republicans pitch two-week budget extension

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican leaders in the House of Representatives on Friday proposed to avoid a looming government shutdown with a two-week extension of funding that includes $4 billion in spending cuts. Democrats want any stopgap measure, needed to avert a shutdown by March 4, to not include spending cuts…

Senate votes for short-term extension of PATRIOT Act provisions

The US Senate voted Tuesday to extend three controversial provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act until May 27. The vote came a day after the House passed a 10-month extension of the same USA PATRIOT Act provisions that were set to expire at the end of February. The Senate passed…

Chrome users can block unwanted websites

WASHINGTON – Google on Monday gave users of its Chrome Web browser the ability to block search results from low-quality websites known as content farms. Google’s principal engineer Matt Cutts said Chrome users can download and install an extension for Chrome that blocks sites which provide “shallow or low-quality content”…

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