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Mike Boggs' Record Catches Up to Him

Paul Gordon | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Paul Gordon

Federal judicial nominees routinely -- and appropriately -- assure senators that their personal feelings and political positions will play no role in their judicial decisions. But this particular nominee did exactly the opposite when running for election as a state judge in 2004.

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.

Senators Troubled By Secret Service Allegations

AP | JACK GILLUM | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee and a senior Republican senator expressed concern Wednesday over...

Dem Apologizes For Comments About Chuck Grassley's Qualifications

AP | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Braley apologized Tuesday to Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley for comments recorded during ...

Anita Hill: Biden Botched The Clarence Thomas Hearings

The Huffington Post | Natasha Bach | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics

Anita Hill, the woman who accused then-Supreme Court justice nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, said Vice President Joe Biden did a "terrib...

Senate Panel Approves Justice Department Civil Rights Division Nominee

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday narrowly approved the nomination of a longtime legal advocate for liberal causes to run...

Target Makes Big Change In Wake Of Data Breach

Reuters | Posted 04.06.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Target Corp, which suffered a massive data breach during the holiday shopping season, is speeding up a $100 million pr...

Justice Department Points To Major Drug Policy Reform

AP | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Thursday asked lawyers around the country to help some drug prisoners prepare petitions for clemency, a ...

NSA: No Better Way To Protect U.S. Than Surveillance

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 12.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The NSA chief says he knows of no better way his agency can help protect the U.S. from foreign threats than with spy programs that...

Senate Republicans Opposed to D.C. Circuit Court Nominees: Screaming Through Their Hats

Sidney Shapiro | Posted 12.30.2013 | Politics
Sidney Shapiro

From the time the president announced his nominations to the Court back in June, Republicans have kept up a steady stream of misinformation about the need to fill the court.

Who's a Journalist? Closing in on a Definition

Thomas Kent | Posted 12.03.2013 | Media
Thomas Kent

The debate over "who's a journalist" is getting more urgent. Fortunately, the outlines of a definition are becoming clearer. Might some basic ethical tests help in further drawing the lines?

Congress Looks To Overhaul Mandatory Sentencing Guidelines

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Every weekend, Cindy Martinson treks from her home in Mason City, Iowa, about 160 miles roundtrip to Waseca, Minn. She visits the f...

Lawyer Jokes -- Humor or Reality?

Adam Resnick | Posted 10.14.2013 | Business
Adam Resnick

While there are lawyers on both sides who are the salt of the Earth (I believe I know some) and guided by an ethical conscience, society should remember that a license to practice law is a license to uphold that law, not subvert it.

Ryan J. Reilly

Gov't Unveils Secret Order On NSA Data Collection

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Government agents may only access a National Security Agency database of all domestic phone calls in the United States when an executive...

Federal Public Defender Sequester Cuts Slammed As 'Ill-Conceived'

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics

Forty former federal judges and prosecutors are urging Congress to fully fund the federal public defenders program that has been decimated by sequestr...

Senate Committee Unanimously Approves Of Obama Nominee

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee has unanimously approved the nomination of James Comey (KOH'-mee) to be director of the FBI, clearin...

FBI Nominee Faces Questions On Surveillance

Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics

By PETE YOST, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — From surveillance to sensitive criminal investigations, the Obama administration's nominee to bec...

Investing in the American Dream: Immigration and the EB-5 Program

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 08.25.2013 | Politics
Preetam Kaushik

Lost in the doubtlessly shrill debate that will soon begin in the Senate is an existing, little known but highly innovative path for foreign nationals who want to contribute to the U.S. economy, and become permanent residents in return.

In 2012, Hispanic Voter Turnout vs. Voting Power

Eric Rodriguez | Posted 08.21.2013 | Latino Voices
Eric Rodriguez

What politicians do today and the tone of their comments, particularly on immigration reform, will leave an indelible mark in the minds of Latino voters and the young people who will join the electorate in the years to come.

Don't Let the Senate Price Immigrants Out of Citizenship: Amendments Will Block the Road to Citizenship for Millions

National Council of La Raza | Posted 08.17.2013 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

The Senate bill already makes earning legal status extraordinarily difficult, lengthy, and expensive. What do we have to gain from adding unnecessary obstacles to legalization for families simply trying to come out of the shadows?

We Interrupt This Family for Baseball Season

Jim Wallis | Posted 07.31.2013 | Sports
Jim Wallis

On Memorial Day weekend, our family of four participated in six baseball games! It was such a refreshing change from discussing our nation's politics. Here is a great baseball story that explains why I love Little League Baseball.

Race Is at the Root of the Divide Over Immigration Reform

Keith Rushing | Posted 07.23.2013 | Black Voices
Keith Rushing

If you're worried about the growing political strength of people of color, which is happening in large part because of a rapidly growing Latino population, then you might be motivated to do what you can to stop immigration reform.

Senate Immigration Bill Lurches to the Right

Alex Nowrasteh | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics
Alex Nowrasteh

E-Verify is in theory supposed to keep unlawful immigrants out of the labor market. But in reality, not only will it fail to keep people out, it will also hinder job creation with expensive new regulations.

Obama Applauds Immigration Bill Vote

Posted 07.21.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama lauded the Senate Judiciary Committee's passing of an immigration bill on Tuesday, calling the action "a strong bipartisan vote...

Elise Foley

Big Step Forward For Senate Immigration Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bipartisan "gang of eight" immigration bill on Tuesday in a 13 to 5 vote after a marathon fi...