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President Obama said last week that he wants a reset on the war on terrorism, but Republicans said Sunday that his plan sounds more like a retreat.
Even as the Senate is pushing its massive immigration bill, the House is beginning to move pieces of the puzzle through its committees with a vote Wednesday to force the Obama administration to stiffen border security.
As Republicans continue to raise questions regarding the Obama administration's handling of intelligence leading up to the Boston bombings, the House this week will hold the first of what is expected to be many congressional hearings on the issue.
Two weeks after the Boston Marathon bombings, the debate still rages as to whether the two men accused of orchestrating the attack acted alone, particularly among members of Congress who say they see too much evidence of planning for an isolated operation.
The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee says evidence suggests the two brothers accused of the Boston bombings had help planning the attack — and he says he has concerns about a possible "wider conspiracy" stretching overseas.
The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said Sunday that the FBI is investigating in the United States and overseas to determine whether the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing received training that helped them carry out the attack.
The FBI did not know that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older Boston Marathon bombing suspect who was killed in a firefight last week, took a six-month trip to Russia because his name was misspelled, according to Sen. Lindsey Graham.
With the Boston Marathon bombing suspects no longer threats to the American public, there is another, more politically contentious concern: Should the Obama administration designate 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev an "enemy combatant" bent on waging war against the U.S.?
The chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security said Sunday he thinks 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the two brothers suspected in last week's Boston Marathon bombing, may have been trained by a terrorist organization in Chechnya.
A group of top congressional Republicans on Tuesday introduced a bill that would require the Homeland Security Department to come up with a way to measure how secure the borders are — at a time when the Obama administration has been resisting those efforts.
The White House said Wednesday it had nothing to do with the decision by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release immigrants awaiting deportation back into the country in order to save money ahead of the looming budget "sequesters."
Having failed to pass cybersecurity legislation for the third consecutive year, Congress this year will take a back seat to the Obama administration in trying to secure critical networks such as transportation, banking and communications from Internet attacks.
When it comes to drones, the DHS is MIA, lawmakers said Thursday.
Mitt Romney says "monster" is not a word he would use to describe President Obama.
"The rhetoric sort of defies the reality on the threat level we've been briefed on," Rep. Michael T. McCaul, the Texas Republican who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, said on CNN's "State of the Union." "I couldn't disagree with him more."
Mr. McCaul agreed that Thursday's speech was "the most significant foreign policy address given by the president," but added that he found many parts "disturbing."