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  • Senate moves to consider bill to limit NSA surveillance

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) moved Wednesday to take up legislation that would curtail some of the bulk collection of Americans’ telephone data. Reid filed notice that he would hold a procedural vote, probably next week, on a bill...
  • Attorney general nominee Lynch is about substance, not splash, Obama says

    Attorney general nominee Lynch is about substance, not splash, Obama says
    As President Obama announced Saturday that he would nominate U.S. Atty. Loretta Lynch to be the nation’s next attorney general, obstacles had already begun to appear on the path toward her confirmation. The administration’s rocky...
  • Privacy advocates urge appeals court to halt NSA phone collection

    The mass collection of U.S. telephone records by the FBI and the National Security Agency is a "sword of Damocles" hanging over Americans "every time they pick up the phone," attorney Larry E. Klayman told the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday....
  • 5 Things Hollywood Will Be Watching For in the Midterms

    How are Hollywood Democrats feeling about Tuesday's elections? In one word: dread. With signs over the weekend that some key Senate races were moving toward Republicans, hopes were on chances that the polling is wrong, that Democrats will come through in...
  • Obama's best chance to influence the judiciary may be passing

    Obama's best chance to influence the judiciary may be passing
    When 41-year-old gay rights lawyer Michelle Friedland was confirmed by the Senate in April to the federal bench in San Francisco, Democrats cheered that a liberal woman would become the youngest federal appeals court judge in the nation. But when a...
  • The new world of voter suppression

    A week from Tuesday, voters will choose an entirely new House of Representatives, a third of the U.S. Senate and the governors of 36 states. Lamentably, many qualified voters will stay home, some out of apathy or disillusionment but others because they...
  • Vote with a vengeance to thwart GOP

    Vote with a vengeance to thwart GOP
    With days to go until the midterms, and with polls pointing to the prospect that Republicans could take control of the Senate, the stakes are high not just for the Obama administration and congressional Democrats, but for the United States. The...
  • U.S. jury convicts four Blackwater guards in 2007 Iraq killings

    For 10 weeks this summer in a downtown Washington courtroom, the trial of four former Blackwater security guards unfolded as a morality play about American accountability to Iraqi civilians in the aftermath of the United States’ long military...
  • Obama to delay attorney general nomination until after election

    President Obama will wait until after the November election to name a nominee for attorney general, setting the stage for an intense battle in the postelection Senate that could last until Christmas, a White House official said Tuesday. The delay, which...
  • After debts are paid

    Everyone makes mistakes. The most fortunate of us learn valuable lessons, often ones that are uplifting. For the less fortunate, the consequences of an ill-considered act can be much more burdensome. Non-violent inmates in Virginia's correctional system,...
  • Obama nomination of Michael Boggs to federal court appears dead

    Obama nomination of Michael Boggs to federal court appears dead
    President Obama’s nomination of Michael Boggs to a federal judgeship in Georgia appears to have been doomed by his own party. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) said in a statement Monday that the nomination of Boggs, a...