| Sep 25, 2014
| 5:58 PM
Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr., the first African American to fill the nation's top law enforcement post, announced Thursday he was stepping down, ending a nearly six-year tenure as one of the Obama administration's most progressive voices and polarizing...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 4:39 PM
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...
| Aug 5, 2014
Let us now praise Democratic hypocrisy.
Throughout my life, various Republicans have suggested amending the Constitution in one way or another. A few years ago, they suggested revising the 14th Amendment to get rid of automatic birthright citizenship....
| Apr 28, 2014
| 4:10 PM
The Donald Sterling controversy had much of the right wing vibrating this weekend with the revelation that the purported arch-racist Sterling was (gasp!) a Democrat. This shed little light on the Sterling affair, other than to underscore the ancient...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 3:45 PM
The chairman of a key Senate panel Tuesday blocked $650 million in military aid for Egypt in a sign of Washington’s ambivalence over support for the authoritarian military government in Cairo.
Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 8:08 PM
The Egyptian military recently used American-made Apache helicopter gunships to fire rockets into houses in the Sinai Peninsula, the latest in a series of lethal raids targeting a little-known Al Qaeda-inspired group that has bombed civilians.
| Apr 21, 2014
WASHINGTON — For decades the Republican Party prided itself for being tough on crime, often putting Democrats on the defensive by pushing for longer, mandatory sentences for convicts.
In 1988, that hard-line stance helped sink the presidential...
| 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...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 12:11 PM
Senior executives from Comcast and Time Warner Cable were grilled for more than three hours Wednesday about their proposed merger by a mostly skeptical Senate Judiciary Committee concerned that the more than $40-billion deal would be bad for consumers and...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Senators grilled Comcast and Time Warner Cable executives on an array of competitive concerns over their proposed merger at a Capitol Hill hearing on Wednesday, but one of the most frequently asked questions was very simple: Will consumers see higher...
| 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...