What had been under-the-radar accusations erupted into a political firestorm Tuesday, when a top lawmaker took to the Senate floor to accuse the CIA of spying on her panel — possibly breaking the law...
What had been under-the-radar accusations erupted into a political firestorm Tuesday, when a top lawmaker took to the Senate floor to accuse the CIA of spying on her panel — possibly breaking the law and violating the Constitution. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the Democratic chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, says the nation's top spy agency has been spying on the panel, charges that CIA chief John Brennan denies. So what's at root? After the panel launched a three-year probe in 2009 of Bush-era CIA interrogation tactics, the CIA turned over 6.2 million pages of documents stored on a CIA computer network at a secure location. But Feinstein said in a Senate speech Tuesday that CIA employees interfered with the probe by removing certain documents and carried out an improper search of the computer system Senate staffers were using. Among the documents she said disappeared: Internal documents that documented CIA wrongdoing.
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With less than eight months to go before November's midterm elections, President Barack Obama and the rest of the Democratic Party are in a difficult position, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street...
President Barack Obama and the rest of the Democratic Party are in a problematic political position with less than eight months to go before November's midterm elections, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Obama’s job-approval rating has dropped to 41 percent and Republicans hold a one-point edge over Democrats when it comes to which party voters prefer to control Congress, 44 percent to 43 percent. Although that lead is within the poll’s margin of error, Republicans have fared well in elections in the past when they’ve had a slight lead on the question. Additionally, many top Senate contests in 2014 will happen in states Obama lost in 2012. However, it is also notable that Obama’s favorable/unfavorable numbers (41 percent/44 percent) in the poll are better than the Republican Party’s (27 percent/45 percent).
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A massive, multiple-alarm fire at Fourth and China Basin streets in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood burned for hours Tuesday, sending a plume of black smoke high into the sky. As of 6:45 p.m., firefighters had contained 50 to 60 percent of the blaze, officials said. The blaze, burning at an apartment building under construction just south of AT&T Park, was reported just before 5 p.m. San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said the fact that building was under construction makes battling the blaze more difficult because the building's fire suppression systems had not yet been installed. Strong northerly winds gusting up to 30 mph were blowing smoke from the fire south toward Potrero Hill and the Dogpatch neighborhoods, according to NBC Bay Area meteorologist Jeff Ranieri. There were no initial reports of injuries. Witnesses near the scene told NBC Bay Area's Stephen Stock they were concerned about the fire spreading to occupied buildings.
The Miami Dolphins announced Tuesday night that they have traded Jonathan Martin – the player at the center of a bullying scandal that drew national attention – to the San Francisco 49ers for an undisclosed draft choice.
The Houston megachurch led by Pastor Joel Osteen has been targeted by thieves who stole cash, checks and credit card information from a safe. Police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said Tuesday that nobody has...
The Houston megachurch led by Pastor Joel Osteen has been targeted by thieves who stole cash, checks and credit card information from a safe. Police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said Tuesday that nobody has been arrested in the theft from Lakewood Church. Silva declined to estimate how much was stolen. Church officials are cooperating with police and had no further comment Tuesday. The offerings were given Saturday and Sunday. Investigators believe the safe was broken into between 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 8:30 a.m. Monday. Lakewood followers had been advised to monitor their accounts. Church officials say there's no data breach and the stolen funds are insured. Credit card information was in donation envelopes. More than 38,000 people attend weekly services led by Osteen, whose televised sermons reach nearly 100 countries.
Two of the key figures in the bridge lane closure scandal that has engulfed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration were in court Tuesday arguing that they shouldn't have to turn over text messages...
Two of the key figures in the bridge lane closure scandal that has engulfed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration were in court Tuesday arguing that they shouldn't have to turn over text messages and other personal communications to a panel of lawmakers investigating the closures. Bridget Kelly, Christie's former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Stepien, his former two-time campaign manager, insist that by complying with the subpoenas they would risk self-incrimination — something they say the Fifth Amendment prevents them from doing. On Tuesday, though, the judge didn't decide the matter after three hours of arguments and didn't give a timeline for when she might. Kelly famously sent the "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" email that appeared to set in motion a scheme to trigger a traffic nightmare in the town as political retribution.
On Tuesday, the FBI announced a billboard campaign the agency hopes will lead to the capture of a man wanted in a trio of bombings a decade ago in Northern California -- two at a biotechnology company...
On Tuesday, the FBI announced a billboard campaign the agency hopes will lead to the capture of a man wanted in a trio of bombings a decade ago in Northern California -- two at a biotechnology company and another at a nutritional products firm. Images of Daniel Andreas San Diego -– who in 2009 became the first suspected domestic terrorist added to the Bureau’s “Most Wanted” Terrorist List -- will be shown on electronic billboards in California, Florida, Massachusetts, Oregon, Nevada and Washington, as well as along the U.S.-Canada border on the East and West Coasts. The billboards will describe the crimes, note the reward of “up to $250,000,” and ask anyone with information to call: 1-800-CALL-FBI. The FBI says similar campaigns in the past led to the arrests of James “Whitey” Bulger, then No. 1 on the “Most Wanted” list after Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden.
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District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray pressed ahead Tuesday with his re-election bid but acknowledged he took a political hit from allegations that he led a "shadow campaign'' with a convicted donor nicknamed...
District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray pressed ahead Tuesday with his re-election bid but acknowledged he took a political hit from allegations that he led a "shadow campaign'' with a convicted donor nicknamed "Uncle Earl.'' With the Democratic primary just three weeks away, Gray is trying to convince voters in the nation's capital that he didn't do anything wrong during his campaign in 2010 and that he is still the best choice to lead the city. The mayor used his State of the District speech Tuesday night to reiterate that message, receiving a partial standing ovation from a crowd of a few hundred supporters in a middle school auditorium as he told them, "I didn't break the law.'' Gray asked residents to look at his "clean and unblemished'' record of public service, saying it doesn't make sense that he'd turn on that record.
A Long Island hospital says some patients may be at risk of exposure to hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV after authorities found that an insulin pen may have been used with more than one patient. South Nassau Community Hospital says the risk of infection is extremely low but is nevertheless recommending that patients get tested. The hospital has sent letters to over 4,000 patients, according to Newsday. It is offering free blood testing services and has set up a toll-free hotline that patients can call to schedule a blood test. Newsday reports that no one was observed reusing the insulin pen reservoir but a nurse was heard saying it was all right to do so.
CIA Director John Brennan denied that the agency spied on Senate Intelligence Committee computers to foil an investigation into illegal detention and interrogations under the Bush administration. "The CIA was no way way spying on [the committee] or the Senate," he said. Brennan made the comments during a discussion with NBC News' Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday at the Council on Foreign Relations. The denial came after Senate Intelligence Committee head Dianne Feinstein accused the CIA of searching the panel's computers — a possibly illegal act in violation of the Constitution. "The CIA just went and searched the committee's computers," said Feinstein, calling the matter a "defining moment."
A woman says she found the head of what appeared to be a small reptile in her salad when she ordered lunch from a restaurant food chain in Manhattan Tuesday. Robin Sandusky, a theatrical coordinator, said...
A woman says she found the head of what appeared to be a small reptile in her salad when she ordered lunch from a restaurant food chain in Manhattan Tuesday. Robin Sandusky, a theatrical coordinator, said she ordered a kale salad from a Guy & Gallard store in Chelsea for delivery to her workplace. She began eating the salad when she spotted what she thought was a pea. "I turned it over, and I could see its eye," she told NBC 4 New York. Sandusky called the store and asked for a refund. She said she declined the store's offer for a replacement salad. The delivery worker retrieved the salad and refunded Sandusky, the store manager at the Seventh Avenue location confirmed. The manager, who only gave his last name as Alan, said he apologized but couldn't confirm that a dead animal part was in the food.
The wife of convicted child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky said that she is “not a weak spouse,” and is convinced that the former former Penn State assistant football coach “did not do the horrible crimes that...
The wife of convicted child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky said that she is "not a weak spouse" and is convinced that the former former Penn State assistant football coach "did not do the horrible crimes that he's convicted of." Dottie Sandusky tearfully defended her husband in her first-ever television interview, telling the "Today" show's Matt Lauer that she was always taught, and taught her kids, to be truthful. Asked what changes she has seen in her husband since his incarceration, she recalled that a friend had written to ask what he most took for granted. "And he said family meals, fun time with the grandkids playing ball (and) doing special things with friends," she said. Jerry Sandusky was sentenced in 2012 to 30 to 60 years in prison after being convicted of sexually abusing boys over a 15-year period. His wife's full "Today" interview airs Wednesday.