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Tim Starks


Tim Starks covers intelligence for CQ Roll Call. Before that, he served as homeland security and veterans affairs reporter, and had a stint as a reporter at CQ Homeland Security. In 2009, he won the National Press Club's Sandy Hume Award for Excellence in Political Journalism. Before coming to CQ, Mr. Starks opened the Washington bureau of the New York Sun and served as a correspondent. He had previous been statehouse bureau chief for his hometown Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press, where he was the co-winner of the 2001 Associated Press Managing Editors' 1st place award for non-deadline news reporting. He graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a bachelor's degree in print journalism, and minored in English literature.

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Fate of Iran Sanctions Bill Rests Largely With Reid

Jan. 28, 2014

When Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday outlined the Senate agenda for the upcoming work period, he left out a bill that 59 members of his body are co-sponsoring: Iran sanctions legislation.

Cybersecurity Bills Stymied by NSA Controversy

Oct. 22, 2013

Passions are so high over the National Security Agencyís record collection programs that congressional turmoil over that issue has done collateral damage to another subject this year: cybersecurity legislation.

Coming Up: Congressional Showdown on NSA Wiretapping

Oct. 22, 2013

The fight over the future of the National Security Agencyís phone record and Internet data collection programs had its first skirmish in the House in July, with a vote that nearly defunded the phone record initiative. And Congress has been building toward a prolonged ó and potentially nasty ó battle this fall and winter.

Action on Cybersecurity Likely Delayed Until 2014

Sept. 26, 2013

Congress almost certainly wonít pass any kind of major cybersecurity legislation in 2013, according to industry officials, lobbyists and others who track the issue.

Congressional Inaction on Surveillance Prompted Leaks, Says Snowden

June 17, 2013

Edward Snowden, the man who publicly exposed several controversial National Security Agency programs, said Monday that he was inspired to leak the secrets because of spy agency leadersí ďliesĒ to Congress, and because congressional leaders did nothing about it.

Intelligence Oversight Split on Access Between Haves, Have-Nots

June 10, 2013

Lawmakersí wildly conflicting accounts of how much they knew about newly leaked surveillance programs has cast a new glare on the difficulties of congressional oversight of intelligence and the stratified rules about which members and staffers can be briefed on what.

House Approach to Cyber-Threat Bill Offers Clues to Fate in Senate

May 31, 2013

Backers of a controversial cyber-threat information-sharing bill overcame a White House veto threat and vocal criticism from privacy and civil liberties groups to push it through the House last month by a resounding margin.

Frosty GOP Reception for Obama's Terrorism Policy Shifts

May 23, 2013

President Barack Obama tried to use a wide-ranging speech Thursday to reset the narrative on a counterterrorism record that has been a political thorn in the White Houseís side in recent months. But the immediate reaction from adversaries in Congress about new policies relating to the GuantŠnamo Bay, Cuba, prison and drone strikes suggested he had changed few minds.

Facing Up to the Nation's Shortage of Cyber-Warriors

March 19, 2013

The Department of Defenseís Cyber Command reportedly wants to quintuple its workforce, but its leader, Gen. Keith B. Alexander, told a House Armed Services subcommittee last week that the threat of furloughs is going to hamstring his ability to recruit people to defend U.S. computer networks.

Education Key to Cybersecurity Future

March 19, 2013

The budget crunch, Obama administration officials contend, is already threatening the federal governmentís ability to recruit the people it needs to respond to cyberattacks. But it might end up being even harder on the next generation of would-be cyber-warriors.

Paul Ends Brennan Filibuster, Cloture Motion Filed

March 7, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul waged an old-fashioned filibuster of CIA director nominee John O. Brennan Wednesday, taking to the floor for more than 12 hours to protest the Obama administrationís stance over whether the U.S. government can conduct targeted killings of suspected terrorists on U.S. soil.

Deal on Drone Documents Opens Path for Brennan as Panel Backs Nomination

March 5, 2013

The confirmation prospects for John O. Brennan to become CIA director got a boost Tuesday with Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein announcing that the administration would supply her panel with additional legal opinions on the targeted killing of U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism overseas. The committee then approved his nomination Tuesday afternoon in a closed 12-3 vote.

Brennan Could Get Floor Vote This Week For CIA Post

March 4, 2013

The Senate Intelligence Committee is scheduled to vote Tuesday on CIA director nominee John O. Brennan ó and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants a full Senate vote this week ó but Republicans still want more answers on last yearís terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

House Judiciary Members Split on After-the-Fact Review of Drone Strikes Against U.S. Citizens

Feb. 27, 2013

House Judiciary Committee members differ over whether an after-the-fact review of drone strikes targeting U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism overseas was preferable to a court review beforehand.

Republicans Still Seek More Documents for Brennan Confirmation

Feb. 26, 2013

Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee saw some of the documents they wanted Tuesday about last yearís attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, but they were not sufficient to clear a path for President Barack Obamaís CIA director nominee.

Senate Panel Likely to Vote on Brennan Thursday

Feb. 25, 2013

The Senate Intelligence Committee is all but certain to vote Feb. 28 on the nomination of John O. Brennan to lead the CIA, and the panelís chairwoman predicted the committee would vote to support him.

Brennan Sidesteps Query on Drone Kills in U.S.

Feb. 15, 2013

In written answers to Senate Intelligence Committee questions released Friday, CIA director nominee John Brennan would not say whether the U.S. could conduct drone strikes inside the United States ó only that it did not intend to do so.

Paul Threatens Hold on Brennan Nomination as Panel Delays Vote

Feb. 13, 2013

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul announced Wednesday that he plans to place a hold on the nomination of John O. Brennan to run the CIA until he receives information related to the administrationís use of armed drones.

Brennan Confronts 'Trust Gap' in Confirmation

Feb. 12, 2013

Senators donít just want Justice Department legal opinions on drone strikes or documents about last yearís attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, as they consider whether to confirm John O. Brennan as CIA director.

Parties Solidify Positions in Sequester Stalemate

Feb. 10, 2013

With 19 days to go, the sequester standoff hardened Sunday. Congressional leaders from both parties said the deep automatic spending cuts must be prevented from taking effect, but Republicans drew a line in the sand against making tax increases part of any stopgap alternative, and Democrats did the same in vowing to protect entitlements and social programs.

Lawmakers Debate Oversight of Drone Strikes

Feb. 10, 2013

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, offered new details Sunday about his ideas for creating a special court to oversee drone strikes against U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism, which has gained momentum as senators consider John O. Brennanís nomination to run the CIA.

After a Decade of Drone Strikes, Lawmakers Ponder Judicial Oversight

Feb. 8, 2013

John O. Brennanís nomination for CIA director has fueled a surge in congressional exploration of legislation to rein in the use of drones, both abroad and domestically.

Sen. King Calls for Judicial Oversight of Drone Strikes

Feb. 8, 2013

Senate Intelligence Committee member Angus King on Friday asked the leaders of the panel to incorporate language into the fiscal 2014 intelligence authorization bill setting up a court to review targeted killings of U.S. citizens in foreign countries.

Brennan Strongly Defends Administration Policy on Drone Strikes

Feb. 7, 2013

At a spirited confirmation hearing Thursday, CIA director nominee John O. Brennan staunchly defended the Obama administrationís drone strike policy, as well as his own record on the subjects of harsh interrogation methods and leaks.

White House Reverses Course on Drone Document Ahead of Brennan Hearing

Feb. 6, 2013

In a reversal on the eve of John O. Brennanís confirmation hearing to lead the CIA, and with pressure mounting from Congress, the White House said Wednesday that the administration will provide classified Office of Legal Counsel legal documents about targeted killings of U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism to the House and Senate Intelligence committees.

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