| Nov 20, 2013
| 3:35 PM
WASHINGTON U.S. military commanders had a big problem during World War II, when the Japanese routinely broke their codes, making it easy to predict the actions of American troops.
Commanders brought in 29 Navajo "code talkers" a group made up of...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 1:17 PM
WASHINGTON, Nov 20 (Reuters) - A congressional panel on
Wednesday took up a bill targeting patent "trolls," companies
that buy or license patents from others and then aggressively
pursue licensing fees or file infringement lawsuits.
The House of...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 3:41 PM
By Diane Bartz
WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Two leading U.S. senators
introduced a bill on Monday aimed at making it harder for
"patent trolls" to file frivolous infringement lawsuits.
Patent assertion entities (PAEs), called patent trolls by
| Nov 13, 2013
| 12:12 PM
Senate Republicans who blocked the second of three of President Obama’s recent nominees to an important federal appeals court this week deserve most of the bad things being said about them. The filibustering of qualified nominees to the U.S. Court...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 3:08 PM
WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans blocked another of President Obama’s nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the latest chapter in a long-running battle between the parties over seats on the influential court....
| Nov 12, 2013
| 5:05 AM
When both the nation's top justice official Attorney General Eric Holder and Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy say there is a problem with criminal sentencing, it is time to take notice. When Democrats and Republicans in a divided Congress agree...
| Nov 3, 2013
| 8:48 PM
WASHINGTON — As drug dealers go, Lori Ann Newhouse was strictly small time.
A high school dropout from a little Iowa town, Newhouse had three sons, a low-paying job as a telemarketer and a relentless methamphetamine habit. On St. Patrick's Day...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 7:17 PM
WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans' rejection Thursday of two key nominations by President Obama revived a battle over filibuster rules and opened a new partisan front just as congressional leaders and the White House are searching for a budget...
| Nov 5, 2013
Five months after Americans learned that information about their telephone calls was being indiscriminately scooped up by the National Security Agency, Congress seems poised to place limits on the bulk collection of telephone "metadata" —...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 5:36 PM
WASHINGTON — The expanding transatlantic scandal over U.S. eavesdropping on Europe's leaders and spying on its citizens has begun to strain intelligence relationships and diplomatic ties between allies that call each other best friends, according to...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 3:03 PM
When a statewide immigrant-rights coalition endorsed same-sex marriage this past spring, 11 groups were given a stark choice by a Roman Catholic anti-poverty program: Leave the coalition, or lose their Catholic funding.
Eight of the groups decided to...