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Stacey Kaper Stacy Kaper covers national security for National Journal. Previously Kaper covered financial services including the 2008 financial crisis and its resulting Wall Street reform law.
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Senator Condemns Spying on Allies, Calls for Immediate Intelligence Review

October 29, 2013 Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., issued an unusually fiery statement Monday, complaining that the Intelligence Committee was uninformed about the National Security Agency's surveillance of U.S. allies, which she said was cause for an immediate full review of all intelligence programs. "It is abundantly clear that a total ...

NSA Surveillance Back in Crosshairs on Hill

October 28, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senate Intelligence Committee leaders plan to advance legislation behind closed doors Tuesday—ironically aimed at lifting the cloak-and-dagger opacity of the National Security Agency's controversial domestic-surveillance methods. By tightening or codifying current practices and adding transparency and accountability measures, the legislation from Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss, ...

Republicans to Link Benghazi to Broader Foreign Policy Failures

September 17, 2013 Republicans are seizing on the anniversary of the Benghazi attack to drive the message that President Obama and potential 2016 Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton are weak on national security and foreign policy. Last week’s focus on Syria overshadowed the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on ...

Senate Republicans Fumbling to Find Strategy on Defunding Obamacare

September 13, 2013 If Senate Republican leaders have devised a strategy for how to launch their latest assault on the Affordable Care Act, it does not appear to have been communicated to the rank and file, who have yet to coalesce around a clear plan of attack. Many Republican senators Thursday agreed the ...

Military Sexual Assault Victims Are Closely Watching Reform Efforts

August 12, 2013 Brian Lewis was a determined 20-year-old petty officer, envisioning a long career of service after three years in the Navy. But that was before he was raped. In August 2000, after being assigned as a fire-control technician aboard the USS Frank Cable, a submarine tender out of Guam, a superior ...

For Military Sexual-Assault Survivors, Proposed Reforms Are Only a Start

August 12, 2013 Brian Lewis was a determined 20-year-old petty officer, envisioning a long career of service after three years in the Navy. But that was before he was raped. In August 2000, after being assigned as a fire-control technician aboard the USS Frank Cable, a submarine tender out of Guam, a superior ...

FBI Is a No-Show at Boston Bombing Hearings

July 10, 2013 The House Homeland Security Committee’s hearing Wednesday on the Boston Marathon bombing will be conspicuously missing a witness from the agency at the center of the investigation—the Federal Bureau of Investigation—and the debate could grow heated over that fact. The FBI’s absence is striking. Its role in handling warnings from ...

Republicans Hold Fire on Rice, but Controversy Still Looms

June 5, 2013 Without any leverage to block Susan Rice from succeeding Tom Donilon as President Obama's national security adviser, Republicans appeared resigned to her appointment Wednesday, but unready to let go of doubts about the administration's leadership on national security issues. Some of Obama's staunchest attackers in Congress—who have held the handling ...

Senators Spar Over Bill on Sexual Assault in the Military

June 5, 2013 Stark battle lines are emerging in the Senate over efforts to stamp out the military’s reputation for providing inadequate protections for victims of sexual assault. As the Senate prepares to take its first step in addressing sexual assaults in the military, sizing up legislation to include in a defense reauthorization ...

Military Leaders Defend Commanders' Powers Over Prosecution of Sexual Assault

June 4, 2013 Senate Armed Services Committee leaders offered a full-throated defense of military commanders to address the spiraling problem of sexual assault in the military at a hearing on Tuesday. Signalling how tough any significant rewrite of the military justice system will be, both Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., and the panel's ...