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Patrick Leahy

Congress Fails To Revise Government Records Law

AP | By MATTHEW DALY | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Advocates for greater openness in government were frustrated after Congress failed to update the Freedom of Information Act despit...

Senate Passes Bill To Improve The Freedom Of Information Act

AP | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed a bill to update the Freedom of Information Act. By voice vote on Monday, lawmakers endorsed ...

Matt Sledge

Libertarian Champion Rand Paul Helped Kill NSA Reform Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rand Paul, a leader of the libertarian wing of the Republican Party, helped kill a bill meant to rein in the National Security Agency. H...

Mitch McConnell Lashes Out At NSA Reform Bill

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) lashed out against a major National Security Agency reform bill on Tuesday, claiming that...

Obama Seeks Human Rights Waiver On ISIS War Funds

AP | KEN DILANIAN | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has asked Congress repeatedly to exempt its military effort against the Islamic State from a longstanding...

Matt Sledge

Harry Reid Gives NSA Reform Bill The Go-Ahead

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) gave the go-ahead Wednesday for the first major bill responding to the leaks by former National Security Ag...

Senator Talks Role In New Batman Movie

The Huffington Post | Diane Jeanty | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics

What role will Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) have in the upcoming "Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice" movie? "I can't say," Stabenow chuckled i...

Jennifer Bendery

Democrats Sink Controversial Obama Nominee Michael Boggs

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Progressives appear to have won their fight to sink President Barack Obama's controversial judicial nominee Michael Boggs. The New Yo...

Dem Senator To Propose Strong Curbs On NSA Phone Data Collection

Reuters | Posted 09.27.2014 | 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...