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Patrick Leahy

Dem Senator To Propose Strong Curbs On NSA Phone Data Collection

Reuters | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 28 (Reuters) - A new Senate proposal to curb the government's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records and increase transpar...

Laura Bassett

Gabby Giffords Touts First-Ever Senate Hearing On Guns And Domestic Violence

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has scheduled the first-ever Senate hearing on how to keep guns out of the hands of d...

Leadership to End AIDS -- Cuomo's Got It, Where's Schumer? Leahy? Mikulski? Obama?

Matthew Kavanagh | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Matthew Kavanagh

This week leadership in the fight to end AIDS (and seemingly to do most things that take political will) has shown up outside our nation's capitol. Governor Cuomo yesterday announced a credible, ambitious, and politically courageous plan to end the AIDS epidemic in New York.

Lawmakers: Egypt's 'Descent Toward Despotism' Risks U.S. Aid

Reuters | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics

(Inserts background on Senate legislation, paragraph 6, and lobbying group, paragraph 11) By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGT...

Washington to Cairo: Start Acting Like a Democracy

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

For the United States and many other foreign leaders around the world, from Great Britain to Australia, this sentence was a vivid reminder of Egypt's grotesque reality: that of a country dominated by the military, where the right to a fair trial, a free press, and free expression are blatantly crushed.

Jennifer Bendery

Vermont Christians Urge Patrick Leahy To Oppose Obama Nominee Michael Boggs

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) should expect some visitors at one of his Vermont offices on Friday: Burlington-area Christians plan to drop ...

Senator Leahy Must Throw Out the Blue Slips

Arisha Michelle Hatch | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics
Arisha Michelle Hatch

Thanks to the misuse of blue slips by Republican obstructionists, a bevy of highly qualified Black nominees have been routinely denied confirmation hearings.

State Department: Egypt Is Cleared For U.S. Military Aid

AP | By BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Tuesday it has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and theref...

USCIS Works to Improve the EB-5 Visa Program. Will Congress Follow Suit?

Ali Jahangiri | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Ali Jahangiri

During a time when Washington, D.C., is almost completely overcome by gridlock and when comprehensive immigration reform inches from debate to debate with an indefinite timeline, EB-5 is the outlier, garnishing the endangered species known as bipartisan support.

Senator: 'Cuban Twitter' Was A 'Cockamamie' Idea

Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics

By DESMOND BUTLER & JACK GILLUM, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — A Twitter-like Cuban social media network that the U.S. government built ...

Dem, Others To Grill Official On 'Dumb, Dumb, Dumb' Move

Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics

By DESMOND BUTLER AND JACK GILLUM, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — The administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development on T...

'Dumb, Dumb, Dumb'

AP | ALBERTO ARCE and DESMOND BUTLER and JACK GILLUM | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the U.S. government agency that secretly created a "Cuban Twitter" communications network designed to undermine the co...

CIA Investigates Whether Officers Spied On Senate

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA is investigating whether its officers improperly monitored members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which oversees th...

Jennifer Bendery

Senator Wants To Cut Off Funds To Uganda Over New Anti-Gay Law

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said Tuesday that he will oppose any new funding for the Uganda government until the United States reviews it...

Obama Easing Immigration Rule For 'Limited' Supporters Of Terrorists

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has eased the rules for would-be asylum-seekers, refugees and others who hope to come to the United State...

U.S. Attorney General Addresses Surveillance Concerns, IRS Probe

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder sought to strike a conciliatory tone on the subject of surveillance Wednesday, defending the Obama ad...

Lawmakers Throw Cold Water On Obama NSA Reform

AP | LIBBY QUAID | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A chief element of President Barack Obama's attempt to overhaul U.S. surveillance will not work, leaders of Congress' intelligence...

Sam Stein

Leahy Warns That Congress May 'Screw Up' Iran Negotiations

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, urged his colleagues on Sunday to not enact a new round of sanction...

Friday Talking Points -- In Other News...

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Before we begin this week's political wrapup, please be advised that President Obama's speech on reforming the National Security Agency won't be cover...

President's Review Board Slams NSA's Overbroad Surveillance Operation

Yasmine Taeb | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Yasmine Taeb

The President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, tasked with reviewing the NSA's surveillance program, released its highl...

Ryan Grim

10 Democratic Committee Chairs Warn Menendez's Iran Sanction Bill Could Blow Up Negotiations

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a remarkable rebuke to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), 10 other Senate committee chairs are circul...

Jennifer Bendery

Patrick Leahy Threatens His Own Rules Change After GOP Blocks Hearing On Nominees

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans still sore about filibuster reform dished out some payback on Wednesday by using procedural rules to prevent the Senate Judi...

Matt Sledge

The FBI Can Still Read Your Email Without A Warrant, But This Bill Would Change That

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 12.05.2013 | Politics

Activists are making a last-minute push to get an email privacy bill passed this congressional session, in the hopes they can reform a law that allows...

Dear Senator Grassley: You're a Filibusterin' Hypocrite

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Justice Thomas? He was confirmed 52-48, in a Senate with a Democratic majority. Could you imagine a Mitch McConnell-led Senate approving an Obama nomination of someone as far to the left as Thomas is to the right? And wait a minute, I thought it took 60 votes.

Jennifer Bendery

Senator Slams GOP For Blocking Another Nominee

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Tuesday tore into Republicans for filibustering another one of President Barack Obama's judicial picks, an...