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Senate Committee Ready To Approve Assault Weapons Ban

Posted 03.14.2013 | Politics

By ALAN FRAM, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The sponsor of an assault weapons ban is conceding that she'll need lots of help from President B...

Crucial Gun Measure Approved

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — In Congress' first gun votes since the Newtown, Conn., nightmare, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to toughen federal ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Senator Plotting Legislative Response If Voting Rights Act Is Gutted | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) is hoping the Supreme Court doesn't strike down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, but he'll be prepare...

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder Doesn't Respect Anybody Who Voted To Hold Him Contempt | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Eric Holder will say it again: He still doesn't have any respect for the members of the House of Representatives who pu...

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder: Drone Strike To Kill U.S. Citizen On American Soil Legal, Hypothetically | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration believes it could technically use military force to kill an American on U.S. soil in an "extraordinary circumst...

Jose Antonio Vargas: What Do You Want To Do WIth Me?

VOXXI | Griselda Nevarez | Posted 02.14.2013 | Latino Voices

Unlike last week’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration, the panel of witnesses for Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on ...

Obama 'No Better' Than Bush In Key Area, Poll Finds

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics

A majority of Americans believe that President Barack Obama is either worse or no better at protecting civil liberties than former President George W....

Gun Logic: One Case, One Time

Rick Horowitz | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

"There can be a situation..." ...

Giffords' Husband Makes Chilling Case For Gun Control

Reuters | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics

* Former astronaut Mark Kelly testifies at Senate hearing * Gives a blow-by-blow account of shooting in Tucson By Thomas...

Senate Panel Includes Many Gun Owners

Reuters | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics

* At least seven of 18 committee members own guns * Senator Leahy was champion marksman in college * Senator Sessions ha...

Gun Control Opponents, Supporters Squaring Off

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The National Rifle Association and gun-control advocates, including the husband of wounded former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, are facing o...

Christina Wilkie

Gun Advocate To Make Controversial Claims At Gun Hearing | Christina Wilkie | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Conservative attorney and activist Gayle Trotter plans to tell members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that guns "make wo...

Christina Wilkie

NRA Rallies Members To 'Pack' Senate Hearing | Christina Wilkie | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON - The National Rifle Association on Tuesday urged members to attend a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, where the topic will be...

Jennifer Bendery

Patrick Leahy: Violence Against Women Act Is First Bill I Will Move This Year | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has several big-ticket items on his agenda this year -- gun violence and compr...

Voting Rights Under Fire: Why We Still Need Section 5

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

This nation still has a way to go before state disfranchisement is truly a thing of the past. Gutting the most important provision of this landmark law is not just unwarranted but harmful to the government's ability to eradicate voter suppression.

Top Democrat Turns Down Powerful Post

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Sen. Patrick Leahy said Wednesday he would remain as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee rather than take over the top slot ...

How Al Franken Plans To Protect You And Your Cell Phone

AP | By RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 02.11.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — A loophole that permits software companies to sell cyberstalking apps that operate secretly on cellphones could soon be closed by ...

Mollie Reilly

FBI Director Challenges Top Republican's Theory On 'Fast And Furious' | Mollie Reilly | Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- FBI Director Robert Mueller denied that his agency attempted to cover up evidence related to Operation Fast and Furious, denouncing Rep....

DOMA Repeal Bill Clears Senate Judiciary Committee Vote

AP | LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to repeal a federal law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, but t...

Mike Sacks

Democrats Try To Overturn Supreme Court's Anti-Consumer Rulings | Mike Sacks | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's not abortion or affirmative action -- or, for that matter, campaign finance -- but a series of recent cases on arbitration has shar...

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...

The NBA Lockout, Congress and Senator Herb Kohl

Brian Frederick | Posted 12.11.2011 | Sports
Brian Frederick

Only Congress can force owners to explain why their own profits should trump the massive public investment we've made in the game. But when Congress is made up of an NBA owner and at least 244 other millionaires, don't hold your breath.

Mike Sacks

Two Justices Took Their Show To The Senate | Mike Sacks | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Antonin Scalia took their constitutional law road show to Congress on Wednesday at the invitat...

Matt Taibbi: The SEC's 'Orwellian' Wall Street Cover Ups

Rolling Stone | MATT TAIBBI | Posted 10.17.2011 | Business

For the past two decades, according to a whistle-blower at the SEC who recently came forward to Congress, the agency has been systematically destroyin...

Will Obama's Judicial Nominees Be Delayed or Denied Justice?

Debbie Hines | Posted 10.14.2011 | Politics
Debbie Hines

We should demand no less from the Senate than to give judicial nominees their due process. The unprecedented delay benefits no one who cares for justice.