WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's national security team has been arguing today that its sweeping domestic surveillance powers need to be retained. But in testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, they acknowledged that some limits appear inevitable. The administration is facing unexpectedly harsh opposition from both parties over the formerly-secret program capable of sweeping up the phone records of every American.
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — The sentencing phase is underway at the court martial of former Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning. He faces up to 136 years in prison for releasing thousands of documents to the WikiLeaks website. But his lawyers have asked the judge to merge some of his convictions -- which would mean he would face up to 116 years. Manning was convicted yesterday on 20 out of 22 charges.
WASHINGTON (AP) — After meeting this morning with House Democrats, President Barack Obama has gone behind closed doors with their Senate counterparts. Obama says his message is about jobs and economic growth. He spoke with House Democrats broadly about finding common ground with Republicans, and about the economy's recovery from the worst downturn since the Depression. And Democrats pressed Obama on getting his help in next year's midterm elections, as the party tries to reclaim the majority in the House.
WASHINGTON (AP) — One economist says the second-quarter figures on economic growth indicate that "the recovery is gaining momentum." Paul Ashworth of Capital Economics sent that note to clients after the government reported that the economy grew from April through June at an annual rate of 1.7 percent. It's still a sluggish pace, but it's stronger than the previous quarter.
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian prosecutors have referred three top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, including the group's fugitive spiritual leader, to trial for allegedly inciting the killing of protesters last month. The decision by Cairo prosecutors is the latest move in a crackdown by authorities on the Islamist group following the July 3 ouster of Mohammed Morsi in a military coup.
Created: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 12:15:15 EST
Updated: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 12:15:15 EST