Lesley Clark

Feds wrongly collected Americans’ emails in program aimed at foreigners

The federal government collected tens of thousands of emails of Americans as part of a massive surveillance program to combat terrorism that was designed to target foreigners, according to secret documents declassified Wednesday. The violation was discovered in 2011 only after the National Security Agency had collected as many as 56,000 emails by Americans over three years. | 08/21/13 20:00:19 By - By Anita Kumar and Lesley Clark

Obama isn’t high on changing federal marijuana laws

President Barack Obama doesn’t support changing federal laws to legalize marijuana, though a prominent physician he once was said to want as his surgeon general says the drug has "very legitimate medical applications." | 08/21/13 16:35:03 By - By Lesley Clark

As Obama debates Egypt, U.S. allies pick sides

Key U.S. allies are picking clear sides in the bloody showdown between the Egyptian military and its opponents, creating a challenge to the Obama administration’s efforts to remain neutral in Egypt’s worsening crisis. | 08/19/13 18:58:54 By - By Hannah Allam and Lesley Clark

Congress outraged by news that NSA frequently broke privacy rules

Members of Congress expressed outrage Friday after news reports indicated that the National Security Agency had broken privacy rules thousands of times a year while administering surveillance programs, just a week after President Barack Obama had tried to allay growing concerns about the spying.. | 08/16/13 19:15:25 By - By Anita Kumar and Lesley Clark

U.S. cancels military operation with Egypt, but not aid

The United States on Thursday advised Americans to leave Egypt and canceled a joint military training exercise, but stopped short off cutting off aid, reflecting the Obama administration’s attempt to retain some influence as the situation continued to deteriorate following a lethal crackdown on supporters of the country’s deposed president. | 08/15/13 18:47:41 By - By Lesley Clark and Hannah Allam

Obama defends Russia relations, progress on al Qaida, health care law

President Barack Obama said Friday that it was appropriate for the U.S. to “take a pause” and reassess its relationship with Russia, given what he called Cold War-era thinking by President Vladimir Putin. | 08/09/13 19:36:43 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama-Putin talks are off, but the fallout is unclear

President Barack Obama’s decision to scrap a meeting in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin reflects the White House’s growing frustration with the Russian government over its embrace of intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, as well as its reluctance to engage over a host of issues that are key to the relationship. | 08/07/13 19:15:18 By - By Lesley Clark and Anita Kumar

Obama trumpets housing gains, calls for affordable mortgages

Proclaiming a rebounding housing market, President Barack Obama on Tuesday pressed Congress to help more Americans secure cheaper mortgages – or affordable rentals – and stressed a need to limit government involvement in the mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. | 08/06/13 18:51:49 By - By Anita Kumar, Kevin G. Hall and Lesley Clark

Global terror alert inconsistent with U.S. portrayal of weakened al Qaida

The Obama administration’s sweeping response to an alleged al Qaida plot – closing diplomatic posts in parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia – suggests a terrorist organization that’s capable of striking virtually anywhere, not the one U.S. officials have depicted as a group that’s near defeat. | 08/05/13 19:51:43 By - By Hannah Allam and Lesley Clark

No breakthrough evident on Guantanamo detainees after Obama, Yemen’s president meet

President Barack Obama and Yemen’s president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, pledged Thursday to work together to repatriate dozens of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the country. | 08/01/13 19:59:30 By - By Lesley Clark

With Snowden now free in Russia, U.S. has few options

The world’s most closely watched layover ended on Thursday as Russia granted temporary asylum to Edward Snowden, the accused intelligence leaker who’d been holed up in a Moscow airport’s transit lounge since June 23. | 08/01/13 18:54:49 By - By Hannah Allam and Lesley Clark

Senators want advocate for Constitution added to secret FISA court hearings

Three key members of the Senate introduced legislation Thursday that would change the way the country’s secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court functions and how its members are selected, the latest sign that the uproar over leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is likely to have a lasting impact on the country’s intelligence practices. | 08/01/13 19:45:58 By - By Ali Watkins and Lesley Clark

Possible Fed choice brings Obama flak from the left

President Barack Obama on Wednesday staunchly defended one of the presumed front-runners to lead the Federal Reserve Board, a candidate liberal Democrats see as emblematic of loosening regulations on Wall Street. | 07/31/13 18:58:16 By - By Lesley Clark and David Lightman

Kerry sets 9-month goal for reaching accord on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

WASHINGTON Heralding what he called a “new moment of possibility” toward Middle East peace, Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday announced an ambitious schedule for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying he hopes negotiators for the two sides will have agreed to a framework for a settlement in nine months. | 07/30/13 19:16:59 By - By Hannah Allam and Lesley Clark

Israeli-Palestinian peace talks resume after three-year hiatus

Hours before Israeli and Palestinian leaders met on Monday to end a three-year freeze on negotiations, Secretary of State John Kerry named veteran diplomat Martin Indyk as the Obama administration’s special envoy to shepherd talks toward a final settlement of the decades-old conflict. | 07/29/13 18:50:35 By - By Hannah Allam and Lesley Clark

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