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Senator Patrick Leahy

The CIA Is Not a Fourth Branch of Government

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The Senate must prevail in this Constitutional showdown between a secretive Executive Branch relic of the Cold War that has a long history of doing nasty things in our name.

Obama Secretly Suspends Egypt Aid, Senator Says

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics

The Obama administration has secretly suspended military aid to Egypt, The Daily Beast reported on Monday. A spokesman for Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt...

Senator: Obama Secretly Suspended Aid To Egypt

The Daily Beast | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics

The U.S. government has decided privately to act as if the military takeover of Egypt was a coup, temporarily suspending most forms of military aid, d...

Senate Committee Delays Gun Bills

AP | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee postponed its work Thursday on writing bills curbing guns, probably until next week. ...

May I Have the Waterboard Please...

Allen Keller | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Allen Keller

President Obama emphasized we need to "turn the page" on the abuses committed under the Bush administration. But as Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy so aptly states, "We can't turn the page unless we first read the page."

Pat Leahy Sworn In As President Pro Tempore Of Senate

AP | ANDREW MIGA | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont was sworn in Tuesday as president pro tempore of the Senate. As the longest serving Democ...

Senator Dismisses Report That Proposed Bill Would Allow Warrantless Email Surveillance

The Huffington Post | Adam Goldberg | Posted 11.21.2012 | Technology

The office of Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is pushing back against charges that he is tweaking legislation in order to give the government warrantless p...

Lilly Ledbetter and the High Court

Simon Lazarus | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Simon Lazarus

The Ledbetter case is not simply a story of how women are denied equal pay -- though it is certainly powerful on that front -- it is also a template for strategic action by progressives in fighting over the courts that could and should be scaled up and broadly deployed.

Senator And ... 'Dark Knight Rises' Star

AP | Posted 07.03.2012 | Entertainment

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont is renewing his fascination with Batman with a cameo appearance in "The Dark Knight Rises," whic...

Corporate Lobbyists Discriminate, Declare War on Disabled (Show This to Your Legislator)

Anne Stevenson | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Anne Stevenson

Should disabled litigants be forced to elect between the loss of wealth and opportunities, or alternatively, going broke engaging in excessive litigation? Isn't that just another way of starving the little guy's interests out of court on account of their disability?

Amanda Terkel Pokes Holes In Grassley's Argument

Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics

Protecting women from domestic violence and abuse is one more issue dividing Democrats and Republicans, as The Huffington Post's Amanda Terkel pointed...

Amanda Terkel

Violence Against Women Act Suddenly Partisan | Amanda Terkel | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Protecting women from violence and abuse has been an issue of bipartisan cooperation since President Clinton signed the landmark Violenc...

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 ...

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...

Support a Public Option

Sen. Dick Durbin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Dick Durbin

Congress is currently working on new reform legislation that will make quality health care available and affordable for all Americans. But we know the forces of the status quo will battle us every step of the way.

Uniting American Families Act: Congress To Consider Gay Immigration Bill

Huffington Post | Susan Crile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary will meet for a hearing on the Uniting American Families Act. The proposed bill -- which was intr...

Leahy Lays Out Case For Truth Commission In Time

Time | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

More than 30 years ago, a special Senate investigation peered into abuses that included spying on the American people by their own government. The fi...

What We Still Don't Know About Torture

David Danzig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Danzig

A truth commission on torture could definitively prove that the use of waterboarding and other forms of torture by US forces has made us less safe.

Obama Hires Another Lawyer Who Battled Bush's Secrecy

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

To my mind, one of the more interesting storylines unfolding right now is President Obama's ongoing appointment to the Office of Legal Counsel of lawy...

Mukasey To Testify Before Senate Judiciary Committee

Politico | Daniel Reilly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Attorney General Michael Mukasey will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee at the end of the month, his first appearance before the committee...

Top Judiciary Dem Leahy: Mukasey 'Headed For Swift Approval'

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Attorney General-designate Michael Mukasey is headed for swift approval with scant objections, the powerful Democrat who will chair his confirmation h...