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Senate Blocks Bid to Boost Intelligence Czar's Power

The Senate on Wednesday blocked an attempt to give a new national intelligence director day-to-day control over all the nation’s intelligence agencies, including those reporting to the Pentagon. It was the first test of strength between those seeking to preserve the authority of the Defense secretary and those who want to centralize the 15-agency intelligence community under a new director. Seventy-eight senators, including Democrats Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer of California, voted to table an amendment offered by Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) to broaden the intelligence czar’s authority. Nineteen lawmakers backed the proposal. Full Story

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