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Matt Ferner

Senate Measure Seeks To Protect Gun Rights Of Medical Marijuana Patients | Matt Ferner | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An amendment offered in the Senate Wednesday would block the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from targeting ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder: 'Sweeping' New FBI Recording Policy Will Protect Both Suspects, Agents | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A "sweeping" new Justice Department policy that instructs federal agents with the FBI, DEA, ATF and U.S. Marshals Service to electronica...

Ryan J. Reilly

'Insane' DOJ Anti-Recording Policy Has Finally Been Reversed | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a major shift, the Justice Department has done away with a longstanding policy that forbade federal agents from recording statements ...

Weed Is Out of the Bag... What's Next? How Soon?

Martin Shapiro | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Martin Shapiro

There is a drastic need for federal legislation to legalize it on a national level and create some overall format for states to follow in their implementation.

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder Trolls Louie Gohmert: 'Good Luck With Your Asparagus' | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Eric Holder snuck in a diss against Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) at a congressional hearing on Tuesday, referring to wh...

They Should Name A Building For Him

Max Allan Collins | Posted 03.25.2014 | DC
Max Allan Collins

Recently U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) proposed naming the Washington headquarters of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives after Eliot Ness, leader of the famed "Untouchables."

Training a New Generation of Special Agents

Tom Fox | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

B. Todd Jones, a former Marine and U.S. attorney, was confirmed last July as the first permanent director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms ...

Ryan J. Reilly

The Feds Printed Their Own 3D Gun And It Literally Blew Up In Their Faces | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 11.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Federal officials have determined that a 3D gun printed from blueprints available online qualifies as a deadly weapon and worry it could...

Purported White Supremacists Arrested

AP | BRIAN SKOLOFF and FELICIA FONSECA | Posted 12.15.2013 | Politics

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Two members of a notorious family that authorities say once tried to set up a whites-only nation in...

False Confession Case Should Lead Federal Investigative Agencies to Start Recording Suspects' Interrogations

Steve Drizin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Steve Drizin

Today, the FBI and most other federal investigatory agencies are out of tune with the current best practice for interrogating suspects who are under arrest and in custody: recording interrogations electronically, preferably on video, to capture exactly what was said and done during closed-door interviews.

Ryan J. Reilly

ATF: Agent John Dodson Can't Be Paid For 'Fast And Furious' Book | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is seeking answers after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) told an...

Ryan J. Reilly

Fast And Furious Judge Slams House GOP Over Shutdown | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal judge has delayed the lawsuit House Republicans brought against Attorney General Eric Holder over the Fast and Furious scandal...

Ryan J. Reilly

DOJ Spent Millions On Drones Despite 'Uncoordinated' Policy | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Justice spent millions of dollars purchasing small unarmed drones for domestic use over the last decade, but the ...

Report: ATF Misplaces Millions Of Cigarettes, Misuses Millions Of Dollars

AP | By STEPHEN BRAUN | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government agents acting without authorization conducted dozens of undercover investigations of illegal tobacco sales, misused som...

Key Agency Kept Out Of The Loop After Navy Yard Shooting

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Within hours of the Navy Yard shootings, the FBI had traced the gunman's recent shotgun purchase and sent agents to the shop in northern...

Stop the Massacres!

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

At this critical time, we must re-open the dialogue on gun control. Now is the moment to take action and enact meaningful reform. The tools the ATF needs to prevent gun violence exist, but we're keeping them locked away.

Obama Pick Confirmed By Senate After Prolonged Vote

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted in dramatic fashion Wednesday to approve one of President Barack Obama's nominees. For Democrats to prevail, all i...

What's Next for the NRA: Arming Young Black Males

Spencer Critchley | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

Since the NRA believes guns make their owners and others around them safer, I'm sure we can count on the group throwing the bulk of its effort into making sure young black males are carrying guns, ASAP.

Another Historic Week for Trans Civil Rights

Dana Beyer | Posted 09.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

First, the Senate committee overseeing ENDA passed the bill to the floor of the Senate without amendment. Then Mia Macy won a judgment from the DOJ in Macy v. Holder, and a settlement was reached in another trans discrimination case, this time at a private employer in Maryland.

ATF Now One Step Closer To Getting A Director

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's nomination of B. Todd Jones to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been sent to th...

Guns Lost, Stolen or Strayed

Michael Winship | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Michael Winship

The president ordered the Justice Department's beleaguered Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to deliver an annual report on lost and stolen firearms in the United States. It makes for fascinating, disturbing reading

How the NRA Makes Sure Criminals Have Guns

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 07.28.2013 | Chicago
Martha Rosenberg

Blocking of inventory requirements is just one way in which NRA-driven laws enable dealers to feed the criminal market, make money for gun manufacturers and escape prosecution.

Hammering Nails in the Gun Bill Coffin

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Rizwan A. Rahmani

The media should be ashamed of itself for not taking issue with Congress or the gun lobby and taking them to task. I wish it had conducted equally ceaseless coverage of Sandy Hook to keep the issue alive in the news, but it appears the media doesn't put equally intrinsic value on those twenty innocent children's lives.

NRA Smacked Down In Handgun Sales Lawsuit

Bloomberg | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics

A U.S. law that prohibits federally licensed dealers from selling handguns to buyers under the age of 21 was upheld by an appeals court in a lawsuit b...

Unsafe at Any Range: Treat Guns Like the Consumer Products That They Are

Norman I. Silber | Posted 06.29.2013 | Politics
Norman I. Silber

As we prepare for the next round of struggle, we should think of guns as the most dangerous products that consumers can buy in the American marketplace, and find ways to make them safer.