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Jolting Congress on Patents

Pat Choate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pat Choate

Independent American inventors are becoming an endangered species. The numbers tell the story. In 1980, independent American inventors received 16 pe...

Rep. Gutierrez, Rep. Smith and the Battle for the Rule of Law

Afton Branche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Afton Branche

In recent weeks, Reps. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Lamar Smith (R-TX) have been engaged in an all out op-ed war, going back and forth on immigration ref...

Proud to Support the Rule of Law and Immigration, Too

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

Following the no compromise, "law and order" approach to immigration -- as we have done for the last two decades or more -- has yielded a lot less law and a lot less order.

The House Is Duty-Bound to Bring Articles of Impeachment Against Clarence Thomas

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The evidence is compelling that Thomas perjured himself in his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his court confirmation hearings in 1991.

Dem Rep. Blasts Stephen Colbert's Forthcoming Testimony

Roll Call | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Comedian Stephen Colbert is sure to draw plenty of media attention Friday morning when he testifies before a House Judiciary subcommittee about immigr...

NRA Campaigns to Protect Corrupt Gun Dealers

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

If two NRA-backed bills get hearings before Congress and become law, they would devastate the ATF's ability to protect our communities and families from gun dealers who sell guns into the illegal market.

Feinberg Let BP Go Back On Its Word to Compensate "All Legitimate Claims"

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

As we remember the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, I strongly urge Ken Feinberg, the Administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, to reverse his decision not to pay victims' mental health claims.

Who Would Oppose Closing the Gun Show Loophole?

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

What individual or group would try to stand in the way of legislation that would make it harder for convicted felons and other dangerous persons to obtain all sorts of dangerous weapons? The NRA bosses and their allies.

Law Enforcement to Congress: Require Background Checks for Gun Sales

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

We need partners in every community; and we need elected officials, in Congress and in state legislatures, to stop catering to special interests and instead act in the public interest to reduce the terrible, and escalating, risk of gun violence in America.

"Most Compelling Testimony" Ever

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

Yesterday, the Crime Sub-Committee of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee hosted a forum on legislation to close the loophole that allows "private sellers" of firearms to bypass Brady background checks at gun shows.

Dan Froomkin

How Do You Disenfranchise 1 In 8 Black Men? | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

State laws that ban convicted felons from voting are having the unintentional (or is it intentional?) effect of disenfranchising one in eight African-...

Holder Reiterates Support for Miranda Rule -- But Still Wants to Change It

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Even as Holder insisted that Miranda rights have been effective tools for fighting terrorism, he repeated his recent statement that he wants to work with Congress to "clarify" and "modernize" the public safety exception.

Obama: Patriot Act Surveillance Law Should Stay

AP | LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration promised Congress on Tuesday to negotiate stronger privacy protections for Americans under terrorism surve...

Karl Rove's Non-Denials About the Siegelman Case Segue Into Lies in the Wall Street Journal

David Fiderer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Fiderer

Rove's piece in the Wall Street Journal constitutes his latest non-denial about corrupt dealings with the Justice Department. The more he talks the more he suggests that he's guilty as sin.

Dan Froomkin

The Truth Will Out | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This week's news offered enormous vindication to those of us who watched the Bush Administration with, shall we say, a jaundiced eye. First, on Tuesd...

Despite Rove's Spin Machine, Justice May Be Around The Corner For Paul Minor

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brendan DeMelle

What happened to Paul Minor is not only unethical, but also unconstitutional.

Treasury Skips "Cramdown" Hearing

The Washington Independent | Mike Lillis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Hoping to bring "cramdown" legislation back onto Congress' radar, a House Judiciary subpanel met this afternoon to re-examine whether bankruptcy judge...

Rove Deposed By Conyers Under Cloud of Secrecy and Harriet Meiers Was Deposed Last Month

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

The goal of the deposition was to probe further into the firing of nine US attorneys. Previously, the Bush White House, claiming executive privilege, had blocked any questioning.

What's it Take to Impeach Someone Nowadays?

Eric Lurio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Lurio

Federal Judges get away with almost anything. Sam Kent for example, would have been convicted of rape but instead took a plea deal where he only served 33 months in jail, and he got to keep his salary.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Despite Karl Rove's concerns that his appearance before the House Judiciary Committee could become a "show trial," the deal he cut assures that his testimony, at least initially, will be conducted in private. John Conyers promises to get to the bottom of Rove's role in the US Attorneys scandal, but will Bush's Brain be asked about the outing of Valerie Plame? The prosecution of Don Siegelman? His cozy relationship with Jack Abramoff? The Rove deal allows Obama to sidestep weighing in on Bush's very broad claims of executive privilege. White House Counsel Greg Craig says Obama is "very sympathetic to those who want to find out what happened," but doesn't want to "do anything that would... weaken the institution of the presidency." After reading the chilling secret Bush memos released this week, the idea of a less unbridled executive branch doesn't seem like such a bad thing.

Quit Horsing Around on Slaughter and Transport

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Markarian

Eleven lucky horses got a new lease on life yesterday. Authorities still don't know who discarded the malnourished horses. The owner might not come forward since he/she could face criminal charges.

Impeachment? Truth and Reconciliation Commission? Hell, No -- Haul George Bush into a Court of Law, Part 4

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Wellen

Vincent Bugliosi talks about his appearance before the House Judiciary Committee. RW: You wrote, "I strongly believe without absolutely knowing that...

Impeachment? Truth and Reconciliation Commission? No, Haul George Bush into a Court of Law, Part 2

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Wellen

Vincent Bugliosi talks about prosecuting George Bush and his appearance before the House Judiciary Committee appearance.

Impeachment? Truth and Reconciliation Commission? Never Mind That -- Haul George Bush into a Court of Law, Part 1

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Wellen

Bugliosi's agenda: Once Bush is out of office, let's drag his butt into a court of law. But the media's perception that much of the public can't conceive of prosecuting a president in a court of law is probably accurate.

Impeachment: Key to Dems' Win in November

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

Impeachment hearings would finally show that the Congress is doing its job -- protecting the constitution -- and it will very likely cause a drastic bump in the ratings for the Dems in congress.