The US government’s bulk collection program was first revealed by documents obtained by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden

The US Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that would end the bulk collection of millions of Americans’ phone records, the most significant surveillance r(...)

Interviews with US law enforcement and intelligence officials  suggest there are multiple workarounds to a gap in intelligence that has opened up  due to a lapse in US counterterrorism laws. File photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters 1:10

For the first time since the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, Americans will again be free to place phone calls to friends,(...)

The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland. Key provisions of the US Patriot Act expired early on Monday after the Senate failed to prevent their lapse, plunging US national security efforts into potential disarray as the country faces persistent extremist threats. Photograph: AFP 1:10

The US government’s authority to collect telephone records in bulk under legislation introduced after the September 11th, 2001 attacks lapsed at midni(...)

Lindsey Graham, a three-term senator from South Carolina, cited the increasing violence in the Middle East as motivation for his decision to run. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Senator Lindsey Graham, a foreign policy hawk, has become the latest Republican to join the party’s fast-growing field of presidential candidates. Mr (...)

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina: “I think I’m the best person for the job because I understand how the economy actually works. I understand the world, who’s in it, how the world works.” Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

The 2016 US presidential field has grown, with Carly Fiorina, the former chief executive of computer maker Hewlett Packard, and retired neurosurgeo(...)

Why aren’t My Morning Jacket a bigger band? Wait, that’s actually an easy question to answer. Despite Jim James and Co’s numerous Grammy nomination(...)

 Helen Rochford Brennan: “Aggie is one of the kindest people you’ll ever meet.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Helen Rochford Brennan was given a diagnosis of Younger Onset Alzheimer’s three years ago. She is now a leading spokeswoman on dementia who is also(...)

US senator Marco Rubio has announced that he is to seek the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election.  Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

US senator Marco Rubio of Florida told top donors that he will run for the White House because he is “uniquely qualified” to represent the Republican (...)

Hillary Clinton announced her campaign for the US presidency in a video posted to hillaryclinton.com.   Photograph: Hillary For America via AP

Hillary Rodham Clinton has officially launched her second attempt to become the first female US president, firing the starting gun on the 2016 pres(...)

Hillary Clinton: I’m getting ready to do something too . . . I’m running for president. Photograph: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg 0:52

Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday officially launched another attempt to become the first female president, ending years of speculation and firing the (...)