Michael Doyle

In foreign policy, the moral high ground is only an occasional destination

The United States helped protect the last Middle Eastern tyrant thought to use chemical weapons. | 08/27/13 17:34:03 By - By Michael Doyle

Why the US won't declare war on Syria

While a U.S.-led attack appears increasingly likely, the legal underpinnings for lethal action remain ambiguous. | 08/26/13 17:42:17 By - By Michael Doyle

States, Justice Department girding for battle over voting laws

Now comes the far-flung fallout from a Supreme Court decision in June blowing up a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. | 08/23/13 17:06:15 By - By Michael Doyle

Mueller leaves behind an FBI more focused on national security

Robert S. Mueller III is leaving behind a different FBI from the one he joined. The prep school and Princeton graduate came on board 12 years ago as a straight-edge prosecutor, a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam who once spent nine months building a case against a California branch of the Hells Angels. The phrases “war on terror” and “al Qaida” never arose during his Senate confirmation hearing. The word “email” came up but once. | 08/22/13 18:29:14 By - By Michael Doyle

Justice Department seeks to overturn Texas voter ID law

The Justice Department on Thursday sued to stop Texas from implementing a strict new voter identification law and also joined a challenge to the state’s redistricting plan, in the latest, but by no means final, fallout from an incendiary Supreme Court ruling. | 08/22/13 16:49:59 By - By Michael Doyle

Manning sentenced to 35 years in WikiLeaks case

An Army judge on Wednesday sentenced Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in a military prison for orchestrating the largest leak of classified documents in U.S. history. | 08/21/13 17:15:08 By - By Michael Doyle

FBI agent reaffirms claims of job discrimination

The top FBI agent in Washington state says job discrimination against her has continued in the nearly two years since she first sued the bureau. | 08/20/13 18:18:28 By - By Michael Doyle

Questions and attorney squabbling hover over Chandra Levy murder conviction

The post-trial tensions are rising and the legal conflicts escalating between prosecutors and attorneys for the man convicted of killing Chandra Levy. | 08/19/13 16:13:25 By - By Michael Doyle

Feinstein defends Congress’ intelligence oversight amid new revelations

Some secrets don’t faze Sen. Dianne Feinstein. She keeps plenty, after all, as the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee. But the 15-member panel that the California Democrat has led since 2009 is scrambling to catch up with the latest public revelations about government spying. It’s a potentially awkward position for the 80-year-old lawmaker, who’s regularly defended secret surveillance programs that others have knocked, and who now must defend the quality of congressional oversight as well. | 08/16/13 19:37:23 By - By Michael Doyle

Rough seas ahead as lawmakers embark on plan to save Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe has friends in high places, like Capitol Hill. | 08/16/13 15:08:33 By - By Michael Doyle

Senators differ on role for military brass in sexual assault cases

The Pentagon on Thursday unveiled new efforts to combat sexual assaults in the military, but it left the most controversial question unanswered. Its action doesn’t change how much control military commanders hold over the prosecution of major crimes. Whether to keep that power in the chain of command remains a contentious issue, one that’s split lawmakers who otherwise agree that dramatic changes are long overdue. | 08/16/13 10:42:29 By - By Lindsay Wise and Michael Doyle

Feds told to stop stalling on Yucca Mountain nuclear waste decision

A top appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to end the suspense and come to a decision on the controversial Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. | 08/13/13 18:01:08 By - By Michael Doyle

Holder to order curbs on mandatory minimum drug sentencing

Attorney General Eric Holder announced a series of prison sentencing revisions Monday, but the really big action must take place on Capitol Hill and in individual states. | 08/12/13 17:44:42 By - By Michael Doyle

FCC approves rate cuts for inmates’ interstate phone calls

Many jail and prison inmates will pay much less for interstate phone calls under a long-awaited policy shift that a divided Federal Communications Commission approved Friday. | 08/09/13 17:04:15 By - By Michael Doyle

Obama wants more oversight on government surveillance

President Barack Obama unveiled a series of proposals Friday that could curtail the federal government’s ability to spy on Americans, in light of eroding confidence by the public after recent leaks about the massive surveillance programs. | 08/09/13 18:23:38 By - By Anita Kumar, Michael Doyle and Ali Watkins

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