Ron Wyden

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  • Illustration: Big Brother's Eye (Greg Groesch/The Washington Times)

    STEPANOVICH: Can you hear me now?

    In 2012, Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, said that Americans would be "stunned" by the government's interpretation of its surveillance authority.


  • **FILE** President Obama greets Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 25, 2011, before the president delivered his State of the Union address. (Associated Press)

    MILLER: Coburn targets feds' ammunition buys and Fast & Furious fiasco

    While President Obama keeps pounding away to get votes to pass gun restrictions in the Senate, pro-Second Amendment supporters are pushing the upper chamber in the opposite direction. Sen. Tom Coburn introduced two amendments to strengthen the rights of gun owners and keep the federal government in check.


  • Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, noted that helium is "a critical resource for a number of important sectors of the American economy," including semiconductors and fiber optics.  (Associated Press)

    Bipartisanship surfaces on issue of helium reserve

    Federal lawmakers from both parties say they're eager to scale down the nation's helium reserve without disrupting the supply chain, a seemingly arcane effort that is so urgent it may "rise above" the partisan rancor on Capitol Hill.


  • 6 tanks at Hanford nuclear site in Wash. leaking

    Six underground tanks that hold a brew of radioactive and toxic waste at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site are leaking, federal and state officials said Friday, prompting calls for an investigation from a key senator.


  • Oregon senator to ask for GAO probe of Hanford

    A spokesman for Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden says the senator will ask the Government Accountability Office to investigate a monitoring and maintenance program for underground waste tanks at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site.


  • DHS and its Customs and Border Protection agency have deployed drones to assist local law enforcement and other federal agencies on several occasions.

    Congress gets Obama data on use of drones

    With the fate of his pick to head the CIA in danger, President Obama reversed course Wednesday night and released to Congress the classified legal advice that the Justice Department has given the White House on using drones to execute American citizens in the war on terrorism.


  • Senate Dem Ron Wyden threatens John Brennan's CIA nomination over White House drone policy

    Amid growing furor, among both Republicans and Democrats, over revelations about the Obama administration's use of drones for targeted killings, a prominent Senate Democrat on Wednesday made a thinly veiled threat to filibuster John Brennan's CIA director nomination.


  • Congress extends foreign surveillance law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate gave final congressional approval Friday to a bill renewing the government's authority to monitor overseas phone calls and emails of suspected foreign spies and terrorists — but not Americans —without obtaining a court order for each intercept.


  • Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, speaks to reporters after leaving the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Inside Politics: GOP convention security not a Super Bowl as usual

    Tampa, Fla., has hosted four Super Bowls, but the protesters expected to cram into the city for the Republican National Convention will be a different sort of crowd.


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