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Senate Leaders on Target to Break Obstruction Record

Judith E. Schaeffer | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics
Judith E. Schaeffer

On August 7, the Senate left town for its month-long summer recess, a pretty long break for lawmakers who have accomplished so little. When the Senate returns on September 8, it needs to start doing the people's business. Surely, the American people, and our federal judicial system, deserve better than this.

100 Million Reasons We Need Justice Reform -- One Blueprint for How to Do It

Christine Leonard | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Christine Leonard

One in three Americans -- as many as 100 million adults -- has a criminal record. Because a criminal history record creates barriers to housing, education and employment, it can often stand between another chance and another visit to prison.

If I Must Accept The Hobby Lobby Decision, You Must Accept Marriage Equality

Domenick Scudera | Posted 07.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

According to Senator Cruz, if you like a decision, the court is terrific and doing our country a great favor. But if you disagree with a decision, the court is an imperialist body of out-of-touch, snooty elitists.

Immigrant Youth Give Dianne Feinstein 'Donald Trump Award'

The Huffington Post | Dhyana Taylor | Posted 07.24.2015 | Latino Voices

A group of mostly undocumented immigrant youth gave Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) the "Donald Trump Apprentice Award for Immigrant Fear Mongering" ...

Families Of People Killed By Undocumented Immigrants Make Emotional Plea For Congress To Act

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Laura Wilkerson, whose 18-year-old son was killed by an undocumented classmate in 2010, said Tuesday that business mogul Donald Tru...

Jennifer Bendery

Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch Clears Senate Judiciary Committee

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to confirm Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. attorney general, bringing her one step closer t...

Mike Boggs' Record Catches Up to Him

Paul Gordon | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Paul Gordon

Federal judicial nominees routinely -- and appropriately -- assure senators that their personal feelings and political positions will play no role in their judicial decisions. But this particular nominee did exactly the opposite when running for election as a state judge in 2004.

Senator Leahy Must Throw Out the Blue Slips

Arisha Michelle Hatch | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics
Arisha Michelle Hatch

Thanks to the misuse of blue slips by Republican obstructionists, a bevy of highly qualified Black nominees have been routinely denied confirmation hearings.

Senators Troubled By Secret Service Allegations

AP | JACK GILLUM | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee and a senior Republican senator expressed concern Wednesday over...

Dem Apologizes For Comments About Chuck Grassley's Qualifications

AP | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Braley apologized Tuesday to Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley for comments recorded during ...

Anita Hill: Biden Botched The Clarence Thomas Hearings

The Huffington Post | Natasha Bach | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics

Anita Hill, the woman who accused then-Supreme Court justice nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, said Vice President Joe Biden did a "terrib...

Senate Panel Approves Justice Department Civil Rights Division Nominee

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday narrowly approved the nomination of a longtime legal advocate for liberal causes to run...

Target Makes Big Change In Wake Of Data Breach

Reuters | Posted 04.06.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Target Corp, which suffered a massive data breach during the holiday shopping season, is speeding up a $100 million pr...

Justice Department Points To Major Drug Policy Reform

AP | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Thursday asked lawyers around the country to help some drug prisoners prepare petitions for clemency, a ...

NSA: No Better Way To Protect U.S. Than Surveillance

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 12.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The NSA chief says he knows of no better way his agency can help protect the U.S. from foreign threats than with spy programs that...

Senate Republicans Opposed to D.C. Circuit Court Nominees: Screaming Through Their Hats

Sidney Shapiro | Posted 12.30.2013 | Politics
Sidney Shapiro

From the time the president announced his nominations to the Court back in June, Republicans have kept up a steady stream of misinformation about the need to fill the court.

Who's a Journalist? Closing in on a Definition

Thomas Kent | Posted 12.03.2013 | Media
Thomas Kent

The debate over "who's a journalist" is getting more urgent. Fortunately, the outlines of a definition are becoming clearer. Might some basic ethical tests help in further drawing the lines?

Congress Looks To Overhaul Mandatory Sentencing Guidelines

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Every weekend, Cindy Martinson treks from her home in Mason City, Iowa, about 160 miles roundtrip to Waseca, Minn. She visits the f...

Lawyer Jokes -- Humor or Reality?

Adam Resnick | Posted 10.14.2013 | Business
Adam Resnick

While there are lawyers on both sides who are the salt of the Earth (I believe I know some) and guided by an ethical conscience, society should remember that a license to practice law is a license to uphold that law, not subvert it.

Ryan J. Reilly

Gov't Unveils Secret Order On NSA Data Collection

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Government agents may only access a National Security Agency database of all domestic phone calls in the United States when an executive...

Federal Public Defender Sequester Cuts Slammed As 'Ill-Conceived'

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics

Forty former federal judges and prosecutors are urging Congress to fully fund the federal public defenders program that has been decimated by sequestr...

Senate Committee Unanimously Approves Of Obama Nominee

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee has unanimously approved the nomination of James Comey (KOH'-mee) to be director of the FBI, clearin...

FBI Nominee Faces Questions On Surveillance

Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics

By PETE YOST, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — From surveillance to sensitive criminal investigations, the Obama administration's nominee to bec...

Investing in the American Dream: Immigration and the EB-5 Program

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 08.25.2013 | Politics
Preetam Kaushik

Lost in the doubtlessly shrill debate that will soon begin in the Senate is an existing, little known but highly innovative path for foreign nationals who want to contribute to the U.S. economy, and become permanent residents in return.

In 2012, Hispanic Voter Turnout vs. Voting Power

Eric Rodriguez | Posted 08.21.2013 | Latino Voices
Eric Rodriguez

What politicians do today and the tone of their comments, particularly on immigration reform, will leave an indelible mark in the minds of Latino voters and the young people who will join the electorate in the years to come.