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Ryan J. Reilly

Federal Inquiry Into Chris Christie Bridge Scandal Faces Uphill Battle

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Were he still U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey, there's little doubt that Gov. Chris Christie (R) would have launched a fede...

Alcoa Charged With Bribing Foreign Officials

AP | By JOE MANDAK | Posted 03.11.2014 | Business

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A subsidiary of Alcoa Inc. pleaded guilty Thursday and, along with the parent company, will pay a total of $384 million in penalti...

The Top 10 Marijuana Developments in 2013

Rob Kampia | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Rob Kampia

Public support for making marijuana legal reached a record high in 2013. A Pew Research Center poll released in April showed 52 percent support, and a Gallup poll in October showed 58 percent support. It's now safe to say most Americans are fed up with marijuana prohibition.

Ryan J. Reilly

House Republicans Demand DOJ Platinum Coin Option Memo

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee have asked the Justice Department to turn over a memo that spells out the Obama ad...

Expand Social Security Benefits to Same-Sex Couples, No Matter What the State

Scott Novak | Posted 03.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Scott Novak

The Department of Justice should recommend the approval of Social Security spousal benefits for married same-sex couples in every state. Hopefully, the SSA will not put these claims on hold for much longer so that these married couples can get the benefits they deserve.

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama's Lawyers Shoot Down Catholic Groups' Objections To Birth Control Mandate

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Requiring Catholic institutions to sign a form to get out of the Affordable Care Act's birth control mandate isn't a "substantial burden...

Ryan J. Reilly

White Alleged 'Knockout' Assailant Plans Constitutional Challenge To Hate Crimes Charge

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipolar, 27-year-old Texas man who allegedly filmed himself punching an elderly African-American man as part of the "Knockout Game" wi...

Ryan J. Reilly

FBI Allowed Informants To Commit More Crimes In 2012

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The FBI allowed its informants to break the law at least 5,939 times last year, a 5 percent jump from 2011, according to a newly disclos...

The 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech: 2013

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 02.22.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

College is where inquisitive minds go to be exposed to new ways of thinking. But on some campuses, the quest for knowledge is frustrated when administrators censor speech they would prefer be kept out of the marketplace of ideas.

Ryan J. Reilly

Feds Took Special Precautions To Protect Senator's 'Speech Or Debate' In Child Porn Case

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Federal investigators carved out special protections before they seized Senate-owned devices belonging to former congressional aide Jess...

Ryan J. Reilly

Lawyer Behind NSA Lawsuit Once Sued His Own Mother

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The guy who successfully convinced a judge that the NSA's metadata program was likely unconstitutional is a conservative lawyer who once...

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder Says Obama Still Has Time To Improve Pardon Record

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's a bit too soon to judge President Barack Obama on his terrible pardon record, Attorney General Eric Holder told a group of African-...

Ryan J. Reilly

Federal Prison Crisis Poses 'Critical Threat' To Justice Department, Report Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The ballooning cost of the overcrowded federal prison system is an "increasingly critical threat" to the Justice Department’s ability ...

DOJ Agency Warns Of Police Militarization

Radley Balko | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics

In the monthly e-newsletter for the Justice Department's Community Oriented Police Services (COPS) program, Senior Policy Analyst Karl Bickel sounds t...

Ryan J. Reilly

Avoiding Felony Charges Was Pretty Much The Best These 'PayPal 14' Hacktivists Could've Hoped For

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.05.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON -- Eleven individuals charged with helping overwhelm PayPal's website in 2010 have reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors that could ...

Let's Talk Turkey About Obama's Presidential Pardon Record

Adam Banner | Posted 02.04.2014 | Crime
Adam Banner

Despite President Obama's turkey pardon speech urging "compassion for those in need," his presidency has been marked by a dearth of compassion and mercy for those serving long sentences for minor drug crimes.

U.S. Plans New Bank Fraud Cases In Early 2014

Reuters | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics

(Adds details from interview) By David Ingram WASHINGTON, Dec 4 (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department plans to bring ...

Ryan J. Reilly

The Obama Administration Took The Platinum Coin Option More Seriously Than It Let On

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration was serious enough about manufacturing a high-value platinum coin to avert a congressional fight over the debt ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Loading Koch Industries Website Too Many Times In 1 Minute Just Cost This Truck Driver $183,000

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Wisconsin man who, for one minute, took part in an Anonymous-sponsored effort to overwhelm the website of Koch Industries has been sen...

DOJ Lets Banks Off The Hook

Reuters | Posted 02.01.2014 | Business

Dec 1 (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is not planning any penalties on a civil probe relating to allegations that large banks tried preventi...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Has Pardoned Almost As Many Turkeys As Drug Offenders

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When President Barack Obama pardons two overweight turkeys named Carmel and Popcorn during a ceremony at the White House on Wednesday, t...

Kate Sheppard

Power Company's Guilty Plea Nets Big Fine For Bird-Killing Wind Turbines

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- Duke Energy's renewables division will pay $1 million in fines and restitution for unlawfully killing golden eagles and other threaten...

Matt Ferner

Colorado Pot Shops Raided In The Face Of Historic Marijuana Milestone

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics

Federal agencies raided multiple Denver-area medical marijuana shops and grow operations Thursday morning, in the largest federal enforcement action o...

The Incredible Shrinking Airline Industry

Bill McGee | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Bill McGee

Now that the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways appears to be moving forward, questions linger about how the deal will impact air travelers.

Deputy Attorney General Admonishes Nation's Bankers

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Admonishing the nation's bankers, the Justice Department's No. 2 official says too many financial institutions have failed in thei...