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Tim Starks


Tim Starks covered 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.

He no longer works for CQ Roll Call.

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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.

Brennan Could Be in for Rough Ride at Confirmation Hearing

Feb. 6, 2013

Senate Intelligence Committee members are closely guarding how they might vote on the nomination of John O. Brennan to lead the CIA, but one thing is for sure: He will catch heat from Democrats and Republicans alike at his confirmation hearing Thursday.

After Leaked Memo on Drone Killings, Senators Still Seek More Details

Feb. 5, 2013

Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said Tuesday that a Justice Department legal memo on using drone strikes against U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism has allowed her panel to conduct oversight of the controversial practice.

Spy Agency Could Be Big Winner With Mikulski Chairing Appropriations

Jan. 23, 2013

As the Senate Appropriations Committee prepares to appoint its subcommittee chairmen, one thing is already clear: Barbara A. Mikulskiís takeover of the full panel should be a boon to the National Security Agency, the largest of the U.S. intelligence agencies and one of the largest employers in her state of Maryland.

The Wyden Holdup: A Liberal's Firm Stand

Nov. 28, 2012

Sen. Ron Wyden insists he doesnít have a grudge against fellow Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California. What he does have, though, is a hold on her two legislative priorities of the lame-duck session ó and he has, in fact, placed a hold on every major bill coming out of her Intelligence Committee in the past two years.

Republicans Say Closed-Door Petraeus Sessions Raise New Questions

Nov. 16, 2012

Republicans said Friday after closed-door House and Senate Intelligence Committee meetings with David H. Petraeus that CIA talking points on the Benghazi, Libya, consulate attack mentioning terrorist connections were altered to delete those references, raising questions of politicization.

Petraeus Scandal Overshadows Benghazi Inquiry

Nov. 14, 2012

Many lawmakers from both parties say they consider the extramarital affair of David H. Petraeus and his retirement from the CIA a distraction from a more meaningful spy-related investigation: what happened in the lead-up to and fallout from the September terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Intelligence Panels Have Busy Agenda With Petraeus, Benghazi Inquiries

Nov. 13, 2012

Leaders of the Intelligence committees are meeting with the acting CIA director Tuesday and Wednesday to get briefed on what happened with Gen. David H. Petraeus, who resigned from the CIA last week following a scandal that emerged from an FBI investigation into his extramarital affair.

Congressional Tension Revealed in CIA Files

Sept. 18, 2012

In the seven years that Porter Goss chaired the House Intelligence Committee, the Florida Republican thought he was getting all the information he needed from the CIA to do his job.

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