| Apr 4, 2014
| 4:59 PM
The Sisyphean task of tax reform should be tried only by someone who will not flinch from igniting some highly flammable people — those who believe that whatever wrinkle in the tax code benefits them is an eternal entitlement. Tax reform's Senate...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) introduced legislation to require that the FCC ban paid prioritization agreements between Internet providers and content companies, even though the bill will have trouble getting very far in...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 5:01 AM
Joined by four other Democrats active on tech issues, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, unveiled legislation Tuesday that charts a sensible, middle-ground path on net neutrality.
Naturally, it has no chance of...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 1:18 PM
Republicans and Democrats in the Senate argued bitterly Wednesday about the need for a new law to protect the voting rights of minorities.
The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on proposed legislation to resuscitate a critical provision of the...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 9:44 PM
Hoping to make some of the most significant reforms to the Freedom of Information Act in decades, the Senate has introduced bipartisan legislation — similar to one already passed in the House — to improve public access to government records....
| May 12, 2014
| 3:00 AM
The Obama administration is facing a liberal revolt in the Senate over two high-priority judicial nominations, potentially jeopardizing its push to shape the federal judiciary in advance of the midterm congressional election.
The disputes, which involve...
| May 13, 2014
| 1:52 PM
President Obama's controversial pick for a federal judgeship in Georgia told senators that votes he cast as a state legislator would not be "indicative" of how he would decide cases, as he sought to win over Democrats skeptical of his record on civil...
| May 15, 2014
| 2:38 PM
In a rare break with the White House, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced his opposition to President Obama's controversial pick for a seat on the federal bench in Georgia.
Reid's comments Thursday about the nomination of Michael...
| May 19, 2014
| 9:59 PM
For anyone wondering what's driving AT&T Inc.'s nearly $50-billion deal to buy satellite broadcaster DirecTV, look no further than a new report issued by the Federal Communications Commission on cable TV rates.
The FCC report noted DirecTV is often able...
| May 21, 2014
| 7:28 PM
Carefully crafted legislation that would end the government's bulk collection of Americans' phone records is under fire after the White House requested last-minute changes that critics say would water down its protections.
A year after Americans learned...
| May 30, 2014
| 2:56 PM
A couple of weeks ago, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), killed a major piece of patent reform legislation, presumably for the year. The tech community is still shaking in dismay, and you should too.
The measure, known as the...