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Ryan J. Reilly

Civil Rights Group Condemns 'Race-Baiting' Cartoon Of Justice Department Nominee | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A prominent civil rights group has condemned a Washington Times political cartoon attacking President Barack Obama's nominee to head the...

Ryan J. Reilly

Law Enforcement Group Says Pot Lobby Is High For Suggesting Obama Fire DEA Chief | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal law enforcement officers organization implied that a marijuana lobbying group was high and suppressing the First Amendment rig...

DEA Chief Says Legalization is 'Reckless and Irresponsible'

The 420 Times | Posted 03.18.2014 | Green
The 420 Times

The clouds have parted. The birds are chirping. It really is a new day in America after Colorado began its first fully legal recreational sales this ...

Matt Sledge

Obama NSA Reform Speech Promises Modest Changes | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Friday laid out a vision of modest changes for the National Security Agency in a speech that will likely pleas...

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA: State Marijuana Legalization 'Reckless And Irresponsible' | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The decision of Washington state and Colorado to legalize a plant directly responsible for the deaths of zero people is "reckless and ir...

Ryan J. Reilly

FBI Arrests GOP Rep's Ex-Girlfriend On Straw Donation Charges | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- FBI agents arrested the reported ex-girlfriend of New York Republican Rep. Michael Grimm on Friday in Texas, charging her with making il...

Top Bankers Evaded Financial Crisis Justice -- and Will Never Be Prosecuted for Their Crimes

Frank Vogl | Posted 03.16.2014 | Crime
Frank Vogl

A leading New York judge now provides disturbing answers and underscores that none of the key bankers who caused the crisis will ever be criminally prosecuted.

Ryan J. Reilly

The Law That Might Cover The Chris Christie Scandal | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Legal experts say it would be tough for federal officials to make the case that aides to Gov. Chris Christie violated federal public cor...

Ryan J. Reilly

Federal Inquiry Into Chris Christie Bridge Scandal Faces Uphill Battle | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Were he still U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey, there's little doubt that Gov. Chris Christie (R) would have launched a fede...

The Top 10 Marijuana Developments in 2013

Rob Kampia | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Rob Kampia

Public support for making marijuana legal reached a record high in 2013. A Pew Research Center poll released in April showed 52 percent support, and a Gallup poll in October showed 58 percent support. It's now safe to say most Americans are fed up with marijuana prohibition.

Ryan J. Reilly

House Republicans Demand DOJ Platinum Coin Option Memo | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee have asked the Justice Department to turn over a memo that spells out the Obama ad...

Expand Social Security Benefits to Same-Sex Couples, No Matter What the State

Scott Novak | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Scott Novak

The Department of Justice should recommend the approval of Social Security spousal benefits for married same-sex couples in every state. Hopefully, the SSA will not put these claims on hold for much longer so that these married couples can get the benefits they deserve.

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama's Lawyers Shoot Down Catholic Groups' Objections To Birth Control Mandate | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Requiring Catholic institutions to sign a form to get out of the Affordable Care Act's birth control mandate isn't a "substantial burden...

Ryan J. Reilly

White Alleged 'Knockout' Assailant Plans Constitutional Challenge To Hate Crimes Charge | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipolar, 27-year-old Texas man who allegedly filmed himself punching an elderly African-American man as part of the "Knockout Game" wi...

Ryan J. Reilly

FBI Allowed Informants To Commit More Crimes In 2012 | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The FBI allowed its informants to break the law at least 5,939 times last year, a 5 percent jump from 2011, according to a newly disclos...

The 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech: 2013

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 02.22.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

College is where inquisitive minds go to be exposed to new ways of thinking. But on some campuses, the quest for knowledge is frustrated when administrators censor speech they would prefer be kept out of the marketplace of ideas.

Ryan J. Reilly

Feds Took Special Precautions To Protect Senator's 'Speech Or Debate' In Child Porn Case | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Federal investigators carved out special protections before they seized Senate-owned devices belonging to former congressional aide Jess...

Ryan J. Reilly

Lawyer Behind NSA Lawsuit Once Sued His Own Mother | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The guy who successfully convinced a judge that the NSA's metadata program was likely unconstitutional is a conservative lawyer who once...

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder Says Obama Still Has Time To Improve Pardon Record | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's a bit too soon to judge President Barack Obama on his terrible pardon record, Attorney General Eric Holder told a group of African-...

Ryan J. Reilly

Federal Prison Crisis Poses 'Critical Threat' To Justice Department, Report Finds | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The ballooning cost of the overcrowded federal prison system is an "increasingly critical threat" to the Justice Department’s ability ...

DOJ Agency Warns Of Police Militarization

Radley Balko | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics

In the monthly e-newsletter for the Justice Department's Community Oriented Police Services (COPS) program, Senior Policy Analyst Karl Bickel sounds t...

Ryan J. Reilly

Avoiding Felony Charges Was Pretty Much The Best These 'PayPal 14' Hacktivists Could've Hoped For | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.05.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON -- Eleven individuals charged with helping overwhelm PayPal's website in 2010 have reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors that could ...

Let's Talk Turkey About Obama's Presidential Pardon Record

Adam Banner | Posted 02.04.2014 | Crime
Adam Banner

Despite President Obama's turkey pardon speech urging "compassion for those in need," his presidency has been marked by a dearth of compassion and mercy for those serving long sentences for minor drug crimes.

U.S. Plans New Bank Fraud Cases In Early 2014

Reuters | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics

(Adds details from interview) By David Ingram WASHINGTON, Dec 4 (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department plans to bring ...

Ryan J. Reilly

The Obama Administration Took The Platinum Coin Option More Seriously Than It Let On | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration was serious enough about manufacturing a high-value platinum coin to avert a congressional fight over the debt ...