WASHINGTON — Top spies past and present campaigned Wednesday to discredit the Senate’s investigation into the CIA’s harrowing torture practices after 9/11, battling to define the historical record and deter potential legal action around the world.
Commercial drone flights are taking off in other countries while the U.S. lags behind in developing safety regulations that would permit unmanned aircraft operations by a wide array of industries, witnesses told a House panel Wednesday. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Under pressure from Congress to speed access to U.S. skies for commercial drones, the government granted four companies permission Wednesday to use drones for aerial surveillance, construction site monitoring and oil rig flare stack inspections. Continue reading
Cases that make it to the Supreme Court are often argued by a relatively tight circle of lawyers who are well-known to the justices, and more likely to share educational backgrounds and private firm pedigrees. Reuters examined 17,000 filed petitions, uncovering an unusually insular world at the nation’s top court. Reuters legal editor Joan Biskupic joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the findings. Continue reading
Snowed-in? Curl up by the fire and fight-off cabin fever while creating your very own NewsHour logo cross-stitch. The pattern we’ve provided was created by former NewsHour staffer Justin Myers. See his finished product below, and share a picture of your own cross-stitch creation on social media using #12DaysofNewsHour. Continue reading
CIA officials, concerned that the FBI was getting too much credit for making progress in the war on terror, released false information to boost their own profile and to support their claims that “tougher tactics” were necessary to get information from prisoners, the Select Committee on Intelligence Report Executive Summary reveals. Continue reading