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Republican Makes Insanely Contradictory Argument About Supreme Court

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.02.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans who have decided to block any Supreme Court nomination so voters can have a say accused Democrats Wednesday of politicizing ...

Dems Fire Up Outrage Machine Outside Of Supreme Court

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 02.25.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Standing in front of the Supreme Court, Democrats tried to raise the pressure on Republicans Thursday to at least consider a replacement...

Two More Democratic Senators Join Puerto Rico Bankruptcy Push

Reuters | Paige Lavender | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK, July 21 (Reuters) - Another two Democratic senators have agreed to co-sponsor a bill that would allow Puerto Rico's municipalities to use Fe...

Patrick Leahy: Netanyahu Address To Congress 'A Tawdry And High-Handed Stunt'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said in a statement Tuesday he would skip Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to a joint session of Congress...

Friday Talking Points -- A Weed Screed

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The subject under the microscope today is marijuana, and (in particular) the federal government's views and actions towards this issue.

Michael McAuliff

NSA Boss Says Surveillance Has Disrupted Dozens Of Terror Plots | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The head of the National Security Agency, Gen. Keith Alexander, defended his agency's surveillance of millions of Americans' Internet an...

Ryan Grim

Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul Lead Hemp Legalization Fight | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Kentucky's two senators, Republicans Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell, have been working to include a provision that would legalize industr...

Friday Talking Points -- Chides of March

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Want to cut something like $850 billion from the next 10 years of budgeting? End the War. There's a novel budget-cutting idea, eh, folks? The Drug War has now cost us roughly the same amount as the Iraq War, to put it in context -- $2 trillion each.

Michael McAuliff

Obama Rebuffs Democrats On Drone-Kill Memos | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama rebuffed senators from his own party Tuesday when they sought greater transparency on drone strikes, arguing that...

Michael McAuliff

Gun Trafficking Bill Gets Bipartisan Boost In Senate | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One measure to curb gun violence in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre took a major step forward in the Senate Monday...

Pat Leahy's Ice Cream Diplomacy

Al Eisele | Posted 04.29.2013 | Comedy
Al Eisele

Declaring that Cuban President Raul Castro wants a better relationship with the United States, Senator Patrick Leahy called Tuesday for a new U.S.-Cuba policy based on what he called "ice cream diplomacy."

Senators Question Legality Of Drone Strikes

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 02.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee are demanding that they also see the classified opinions that justify ...

Zach Carter

Democratic Senator Mocked For Batman Appearance | Zach Carter | Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of progressive Internet freedom activists have created a website mocking the Batman movie appearances of Senate Judiciary Commit...

Ryan Grim

Spreading Freedom: Google And The War For The Web | Ryan Grim | Posted 11.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- You can't swing a dead cat video in Washington lately without hitting a lobbyist, consultant, attorney or adviser on retainer to Google ...

Vietnam War-Era Bombs Cause Current Day Casualties, Demonstrating Need for Updated Weapons Technology

Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza

In Southeast Asia, UXOs left over from the Vietnam War injure and kill hundreds of people each year.

Ryan Grim

Leahy Presses Obama To Name Key Reformer To Swaps Panel | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is lobbying President Obama to appoint Sean Cota, a Vermont business owner and an advocate of the regulation ...

Sam Stein

Pat Leahy-John Paul Stevens Meeting In January Marked Turning Point In Supreme Court Process | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This January Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) held a weighty conversation on the judicial landscape with Supreme Court Justice John Paul...

Wall Street Reform Conference Committee Membership Announced

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Wall Street reform effort enters a new phase on Thursday, as the conference committee between the House and Senate will meet to begin hashing out the differences between the House and Senate versions which have already passed.

Is Your Email Private?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Chris Weigant

Is your email private? You may think it is, but you may also be surprised how easy it is for law enforcement to access it without a warrant.

Sam Stein

Pat Leahy Throws Cold Water On Obama's Hope For Miranda Fix (VIDEO) | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-V.T.) on Sunday threw a bit of cold water on chatter that the administration would seek a legisla...

Ryan Grim

Carl Levin: Filibuster Could Fall 'After Massive Conflict On The Floor' | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Republicans made a persuasive case for abolishing or reforming the filibuster on Tuesday night when they blocked a routine nomination to the Na...

Obama's "Drip, Drip, Drip..." Intelligence Problem

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama faces a steady drip, drip, drip of stories leaking and becoming public. Wiretapping stories, torture stories, and secret CIA covert stories were all in the news in the past week alone.

Jason Linkins

Jeff Sessions Irked By Crying Child: "Enough With The Histrionics" (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee had a hearing on the Uniting American Families Act, a bill that will "amend the Immigration and Nationality A...

Condi Rice's Tortured Macaca Moment

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ari Melber

Rice's recent incident shows the prospects for what we might call a substantive Macaca Moment -- using YouTube and citizen media to scrutinize our leaders on the issues, not gaffes.

Patrick Leahy Pens Op-Ed: Why We Need Truth Commission

The Boston Globe | Patrick Leahy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

THE OBAMA administration's decision to release more Bush-era memoranda, which sought to rationalize torture, shows that President Obama is following t...