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Obama Approves New Team to Question Key Terror Suspects

AP | DEVLIN BARRETT and PAMELA HESS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration launched a criminal investigation Monday into harsh questioning of detainees during President George W. Bu...

Consumers & Authors Uniting Against Google Book Deal

Jamie Court | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jamie Court

Google's overreaching in trying to tightly control scanned digital copies of world literature has stuck an alarm bell with more than just consumers and the Justice Department.

Sam Stein

Biden Won't Comment On State Secrets Law He Once Co-Sponsored | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Vice President's office is declining to weigh in on a bill that would restrict use of the "state secrets privilege" by the Department of Justice, ...

US Immigration Law Used To Censor Foreign Scholars: ACLU

Inter Press Service | William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A leading legal rights group charged Tuesday that the Barack Obama Justice Department is using immigration law to censor debate by selectively barri...

Justice Department Ends "Enemy Combatant" Definition For Gitmo Detainees

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Friday that it is abandoning one of President George W. Bush's key phrases in the war on terrorism: e...

Secret Bush Memo Authorizing Warrantless Seizure Of 'Terror Suspects' Released

AP | DEVLIN BARRETT and MATT APUZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration threw open the curtain on years of Bush-era secrets Monday, revealing anti-terror memos that claimed excep...

DOJ: Remaining Bush U.S. Attorneys Can Stay

Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With all the controversy surrounding the Bush administration's firings of several U.S. attorneys, the question for the Obama administration became: Wh...

Dem Senators Pressure Obama's DOJ To Release Torture Report

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Yesterday I pointed you to this big scoop in Newsweek reporting that an internal Justice Department review conducted under the Bush administration had...

DOJ Defends Bush Law Permitting Concealed Weapons In Parks

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration is legally defending a last-minute rule enacted by President George W. Bush that allows concealed firearms in national parks,...

Obama Officials Defend Controversial State Secret Decision

The Atlantic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The State Secret Privilege is perhaps the most powerful executive tool available for any president to use, and thus the Obama administration's decisio...

Obama May Release Torture Documents Exposing Bush Administration Lawbreaking

Washington Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This week, the Obama administration will face its second significant courtroom test of the president's pledges to end unwarranted secrecy about the wo...

Obama Justice Dept. Pick Was Lobbyist For Conservative Business Group

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The leading candidate to head the Justice Department office that oversees legal policy and judicial nominations recently has been a lobbyist for sever...

DOJ Rehires Attorney Fired Over Gay Rumor

NPR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Monday, the Justice Department undid a small part of the damage that top officials caused in a scandal of politicized hiring and firing during the ...

CIA Secret Rendition Policy Backed by Human Rights Groups?

Tom Hayden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Hayden

If the Justice Department wants to defend renditions as constitutional on "national security" grounds, human rights groups should meet them in court and seek a better outcome.

DOJ Sent Hoax Email To Test Employee Loyalty

AP | ELLIOT SPAGAT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

SAN DIEGO — The Justice Department doesn't have to look far to find a scam that preys on people whose retirement plans have been crippled by the...

Obama Staffing Justice Dept With Bush's Fiercest Legal Critics

Politico | Ben Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama is staffing his Justice Department with some of his predecessor's fiercest critics, among them lawyers who were fired by Presid...

Change.Gov's First Big Failure

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

It is striking that Obama's aides, who helped win the election by harnessing new media, believed they could just spin away from their online interlocutors. The move backfired immediately.

Phasing Out of Transition and Into the Book Business

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Leaving transition work, I find myself a lot more hopeful about generally progressive policy coming out of the Obama administration than some of my friends in the progressive blogosphere.

Elena Kagan: Obama's Solicitor General

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President-Elect Obama has announced his intention to nominate the dean of the Harvard Law School as the first female solicitor general, the government...

Obama Justice Department Nominees Named

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President-elect Barack Obama has announced his choices to fill four top Justice Department positions Monday. David Ogden is being nominated for Deput...

Obama Names Critics Of Bush Terror Tactics To Key Justice Jobs

McClatchy Washington Bureau | Greg Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON -- In filling four senior Justice Department positions Monday, President-elect Barack Obama signaled that he intends to roll back Bush admi...

Obama Pushing For Secret Legal Memos

Legal Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Legal Times reports that President-elect Barack Obama has been having trouble with one small transition demand -- getting secret legal memos from the ...

Obama Advisers: Torture Prosecutions Not Likely

AP | LARA JAKES JORDAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama's incoming administration is unlikely to bring criminal charges against government officials who authorized or engaged...

Obama Team Faces Major Task In Justice Dept Overhaul

Washington Post | Carrie Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As a transition team for the Obama administration begins work on a Justice Department overhaul, the key question is where to begin. Political consid...