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Posted inJustice

Himes: Intelligence panel badly hurt by Russia probe conduct

WASHINGTON — Although it boosted his visibility, Rep. Jim Himes says the House Intelligence Committee’s newly concluded Russia probe has left him disappointed and left the important oversight panel “relatively toothless” to tackle similar missions. Nevertheless, the five-term Democrat says he’s sticking with the job of overseeing the nation’s spy agencies, whose actions are sometimes “scary.”

Posted inPolitics

Blumenthal says Obama’s NSA reforms only first step

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee who has introduced legislation to rein in NSA spying, said President Obama’s announced reforms of the agency are “stronger in principle than prescription.” While he praised the president for moving to address concerns abroad and at home about the NSA’s operations, Blumenthal said he would continue to press for approval of his legislation, saying Congress must “provide precision and details” to the president’s reforms.