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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...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama DOJ Still Won't Explain Opposition To 14th Amendment Option

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

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is still refusing to disclose what its legal team concluded about the 14th Amendment option, which many progres...

WATCH: 'My Village Was Droned,' Yemeni Man Tells Senate

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Yemeni man named Farea al-Muslimi told a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday that a U.S. drone strike on his small town of W...

Patrick Leahy Tells Eric Holder Senate Judiciary May Subpoena Targeted Killing Memos

Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Ryan J. Reilly

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Judiciary Committee may subpoena the memos that the Office of Legal Counsel prepared on the Obama administration's targeted k...

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder: Drone Strike To Kill U.S. Citizen On American Soil Legal, Hypothetically

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Ryan J. Reilly

White House To Provide Classified Info On Drones, Feinstein Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has agreed to provide the Senate Intelligence Committee access to all opinions authored by the Justice Departme...

Preston Maddock

Subpoenaing Drone Memos Has 'Bipartisan Interest'

HuffingtonPost.com | Preston Maddock | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There is "bipartisan interest" within the House Judiciary Committee in subpoenaing the Justice Department's legal memos that justify the...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Hasn't Disclosed Seven Other Targeted-Killing Memos

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein's office revealed Wednesday that the Obama administration has yet to show members of the Senate Select Committee o...

John Brennan: CIA Wouldn't Keep Congress 'In The Dark'

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- John Brennan told members of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that he wouldn't keep them "in the dark" if he's confirmed as the n...

Stop Over-the-Top Attacks on the Office of Legal Counsel, and Focus on Governing

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

Please -- cut the hyperbole, senators, and get back to work.

Dawn Johnsen's Fall and Justice Stevens' Replacement

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

While the news of Justice Stevens' retirement took most of the media attention on Friday, it's not really a distraction from Dawn Johnsen's fate. Both standoffs reveal the profound ambivalence in Obama's pledges to restore the rule of law.

Time to Stand Up, Not Step Down

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

Who is Dawn Johnsen, and why did Senate Republicans force her to withdraw her bid to be confirmed as Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel?

The OPR Report Is Only the Beginning

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

The final OPR report is only the beginning. We still don't know who asked Yoo and Bybee to write these memos, what specific instructions they were given or if they were they pressured to reach a particular conclusion.

Calling Out the Torture Enablers at St. Thomas Law School

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

As details emerged on Monday of CIA interrogators' abuse of prisoners involving mock executions, Law Professor Robert Delahunty quietly resumed teaching fall classes in Minneapolis.

100 Days: Obama's Office of Legal Counsel Staffed With Prominent Opponents Of Torture

Washington Monthly | Steve Benen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It's encouraging, then, to know who'll be sitting in John Yoo's office for the foreseeable future. A Georgetown source forwards over an email fro...

Obama Team Faces Major Task In Justice Dept Overhaul

Washington Post | Carrie Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As a transition team for the Obama administration begins work on a Justice Department overhaul, the key question is where to begin. Political consid...

Friday Talking Points [48] -- Throwing Out The Rulebook

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Back in Volume 36 of this Friday Talking Points column, I pointed out what seemed to me to be an obvious observation -- that the media was going a lot...