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Friday Talking Points -- A Weed Screed

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The subject under the microscope today is marijuana, and (in particular) the federal government's views and actions towards this issue.

Michael McAuliff

NSA Boss Says Surveillance Has Disrupted Dozens Of Terror Plots

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The head of the National Security Agency, Gen. Keith Alexander, defended his agency's surveillance of millions of Americans' Internet an...

Ryan Grim

Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul Lead Hemp Legalization Fight

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Kentucky's two senators, Republicans Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell, have been working to include a provision that would legalize industr...

Friday Talking Points -- Chides of March

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Want to cut something like $850 billion from the next 10 years of budgeting? End the War. There's a novel budget-cutting idea, eh, folks? The Drug War has now cost us roughly the same amount as the Iraq War, to put it in context -- $2 trillion each.

Michael McAuliff

Obama Rebuffs Democrats On Drone-Kill Memos

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama rebuffed senators from his own party Tuesday when they sought greater transparency on drone strikes, arguing that...

Michael McAuliff

Gun Trafficking Bill Gets Bipartisan Boost In Senate

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One measure to curb gun violence in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre took a major step forward in the Senate Monday...

Pat Leahy's Ice Cream Diplomacy

Al Eisele | Posted 04.29.2013 | Comedy
Al Eisele

Declaring that Cuban President Raul Castro wants a better relationship with the United States, Senator Patrick Leahy called Tuesday for a new U.S.-Cuba policy based on what he called "ice cream diplomacy."

Senators Question Legality Of Drone Strikes

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 02.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee are demanding that they also see the classified opinions that justify ...

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 ...

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...

Zach Carter

Democratic Senator Mocked For Batman Appearance

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of progressive Internet freedom activists have created a website mocking the Batman movie appearances of Senate Judiciary Commit...

Ryan Grim

Spreading Freedom: Google And The War For The Web

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 11.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- You can't swing a dead cat video in Washington lately without hitting a lobbyist, consultant, attorney or adviser on retainer to Google ...

Vietnam War-Era Bombs Cause Current Day Casualties, Demonstrating Need for Updated Weapons Technology

Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza

In Southeast Asia, UXOs left over from the Vietnam War injure and kill hundreds of people each year.

Ryan Grim

Leahy Presses Obama To Name Key Reformer To Swaps Panel

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

Sam Stein

Pat Leahy-John Paul Stevens Meeting In January Marked Turning Point In Supreme Court Process

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This January Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) held a weighty conversation on the judicial landscape with Supreme Court Justice John Paul...

Wall Street Reform Conference Committee Membership Announced

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Wall Street reform effort enters a new phase on Thursday, as the conference committee between the House and Senate will meet to begin hashing out the differences between the House and Senate versions which have already passed.

Is Your Email Private?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Chris Weigant

Is your email private? You may think it is, but you may also be surprised how easy it is for law enforcement to access it without a warrant.

Sam Stein

Pat Leahy Throws Cold Water On Obama's Hope For Miranda Fix (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-V.T.) on Sunday threw a bit of cold water on chatter that the administration would seek a legisla...

Ryan Grim

Carl Levin: Filibuster Could Fall 'After Massive Conflict On The Floor'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Republicans made a persuasive case for abolishing or reforming the filibuster on Tuesday night when they blocked a routine nomination to the Na...

Obama's "Drip, Drip, Drip..." Intelligence Problem

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama faces a steady drip, drip, drip of stories leaking and becoming public. Wiretapping stories, torture stories, and secret CIA covert stories were all in the news in the past week alone.

Jason Linkins

Jeff Sessions Irked By Crying Child: "Enough With The Histrionics" (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee had a hearing on the Uniting American Families Act, a bill that will "amend the Immigration and Nationality A...

Condi Rice's Tortured Macaca Moment

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ari Melber

Rice's recent incident shows the prospects for what we might call a substantive Macaca Moment -- using YouTube and citizen media to scrutinize our leaders on the issues, not gaffes.

Patrick Leahy Pens Op-Ed: Why We Need Truth Commission

The Boston Globe | Patrick Leahy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

THE OBAMA administration's decision to release more Bush-era memoranda, which sought to rationalize torture, shows that President Obama is following t...

Leahy Truth Commission Going Ahead Despite Lack Of Dem Support

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) will continue to push for a "truth commission" to investigate the Bush administration's detainee...

Leahy: Commission Into Bush-Era Torture "Not Going To Happen"

Talking Points Memo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Yesterday, the website Consortium News published an article by Charlotte Dennett pouring some cold water on the hope many liberals have that Congress ...