Sep 14, 2011, 12:01 a.m.

U.S. to face long-term threat from Qaeda affiliates

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Despite U.S. success in weakening al Qaeda, the United States faces a long-term threat from global affiliates that are likely to exist even a decade from now, U.S. intelligence chiefs said on Tuesday. The future of al Qaeda has been in sharp focus in the days surrounding the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks and since the May killing of the group's leader, Osama bin Laden, in a covert U.S. raid in Pakistan.

Consumer advocate Warren to launch Senate run

BOSTON (Reuters) - Elizabeth Warren, a prominent consumer advocate and former official in President Barack Obama's administration, will announce a run for the Senate in Massachusetts on Wednesday, a campaign official confirmed. "The pressures on middle-class families are worse than ever, but it is the big corporations that get their way in Washington," Warren said in a statement. "I want to change that. I will work my heart out to earn the trust of the people of Massachusetts."

Showdown over disaster aid looms in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress headed toward a showdown on disaster aid on Tuesday as the Democratic-controlled Senate advanced a measure that is unlikely to pass the Republican-controlled House. Lawmakers from both parties say they want to ensure victims of tornadoes, hurricanes and other natural disasters get the help they need but the money could get tripped up in the spending debate that has dominated Washington this year.

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