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Patrick Leahy

Army Probes Crime Lab Workers After Critical News Reports

McClatchy | Posted 02.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Stung by critical stories about their crime laboratory, officials at Army Criminal Investigation Command recently questioned lab employe...

Joshua Hersh

Congress Pushes State Department Over Misused American Tear Gas In Spending Bill | Joshua Hersh | Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The 2012 omnibus spending bill released Thursday morning includes tough new language about the way American tear gas has been used again...

Jennifer Bendery

Senate Rejects Bipartisan Balanced Budget Amendments | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Wednesday rejected two efforts to insert a Balanced Budget Amendment into the U.S. Constitution. Both parties offered v...

Penny-Wise and Pound-Foolish: Proposed Funding Cuts for Response to Violence Against Women

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

Domestic violence is a continuing, costly, and consistently underserved problem. Cutting federal funds for dealing with it is not only bad news, it is a bad idea.

Newseum Goes Hollywood For 'J. Edgar' Premiere (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.09.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The Newseum played host Tuesday night for the D.C. premiere of "J. Edgar," a biographical drama on the life of legendary and controversi...

Amanda Terkel

DOMA Repeal Moves Forward In Senate | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Next month, the Senate Judiciary Committee will be voting on legislation to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act, an important ste...

Nature Lessons From Vermont

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 11.18.2011 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

Observing the rolling fields, horses and cows, undisturbed acres of rocks and trees, I felt particularly protective of what the earth offers us -- and what we need to do to defend it.

Proposed Law Could Endanger Internet Entrepreneurship

Paul Kedrosky | Posted 09.12.2011 | Technology
Paul Kedrosky

There are many problems with the PROTECT IP legislation. For starters, a site can be blacklisted the day a U.S. judge receives the complaint. Bang, you no longer exist to American web users.

Elise Foley

Dems Push For DREAM Act Without GOP Support | Elise Foley | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans showed no signs of supporting the DREAM Act at a hearing for the bill on Tuesday, with Sens. John Cornyn (Texas) and Chuck G...

Elise Foley

Senate Democrats Relaunch Immigration Reform Effort | Elise Foley | Posted 08.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats launched on Wednesday a new effort for comprehensive immigration reform, even though they so far have no Republican sup...

Committing to a New Generation of Public Servants

Tik Root | Posted 08.03.2011 | Politics
Tik Root

My generation is itching to make a difference, but we need guidance in order to fully utilize our largely untapped potential.

Laying Down the Rules for Private Security Contractors

Ignacio "Iggy" Balderas | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics

The failure to establish effective accountability over private security contractors (PSCs) hasn't just obscured important truths about how our nation secures its foreign policy -- it has allowed some reckless actors to repeatedly endanger this goal.

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 ...

US Government Embarrassed by Afghan Woman Again

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

Malalai Joya, one of Afghanistan's most famous woman, who was just denied a visa for a book tour to the U.S. Having successfully applied for a U.S. visa four times before, this time it is not about Joya, but about the war in Afghanistan.

Elise Foley

Democrats Aim For Repeal Of Federal Same-Sex Marriage Ban | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats launched a repeal effort against the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday, introducing companion bills in both chambers of Con...

Patently Absurd or: How to Go From the World's Best Patent System to Worse-Than-Most in a Single Step

Gary Lauder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gary Lauder

Congress is responding to the companies who can afford to lobby and not bothering to seek the opinions of entrepreneurial inventors -- for whom the patent system was created over 200 years ago by a single sentence in the Constitution.

Vermont Governor Sets Out to Lead U.S. to True Universal Coverage

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Shumlin is hoping to implement a publicly financed system that guarantees universal access to medical care and controls costs better than private insurers.

Oh, the Hypocrisy: Congress Is Fine With a 'Government Takeover of the Internet'

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Art Brodsky

Next week, people will be able to see what it means when the government goes after vital parts of the Internet with a vengeance. The sad part is the U.S. Congress is largely OK with it.

Elise Foley

House Poised To Extend Patriot Act | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to push through a vote on Tuesday evening to reauthorize the most contested provisions of ...

Key Senate Democrat: We Will Cut Off Aid If Mubarak Does Not Step Down

Alyson Krueger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, the body that ov...

Is Someone Reading Over Your Shoulder? Reader Privacy Fight Resumes In Congress

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Last week, Senator Patrick Leahy introduced the reauthorization of a bill that would restore protections for reader privacy that were formerly elimina...

For Latino and Immigrant Voters, It's Not Too Late

Rep. Luis Gutierrez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Luis Gutierrez

Like a lot of Latinos and pro-immigrant voters, I am disappointed this year. But not voting in November does not keep the pressure on the Democrats; it only helps Republicans.

Senate Hearing Paves Way for Crack Down on Crush Videos

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Pacelle

The Humane Society of the United States was called to testify this morning at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the repugnant phenomenon of anim...

There Is No Line for Most Unauthorized Immigrants to Legally Come to the U.S., But There Could Be

Pablo Manriquez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pablo Manriquez

The Refugee Protection Act remains stuck somewhere in the legislative pipeline and not somewhere immigrants can yet "line up and wait their turn just like everyone else" to come to the Land of the Free.