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  • Eric H. Holder Jr., U.S. attorney general, is stepping down

    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...
  • Holder's resignation gives Senate Democrats chance to confirm successor

    WASHINGTON Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s resignation shocked and saddened some of his supporters but had Republicans cheering. He will serve until his successor is confirmed. By announcing his resignation now, Holder gives President Barack...
  • 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...
  • Essay: Restoring freedom to information

    Over time, federal agencies have flipped the Freedom of Information Act on its head. Congress clearly intended FOIA to be a tool for the public to pry information out of federal agencies. In recent years, however, agencies have blatantly abused opaque...
  • Websites 'slow down' to protest FCC net neutrality plan

    WASHINGTON Popular websites including Netflix, Mozilla, reddit and Kickstarter launched a daylong online protest called Internet Slowdown Day on Wednesday to oppose the controversial proposed changes to net neutrality rules by the Federal Communications...
  • Advocates argue over future of net neutrality

    WASHINGTON Applying 20th-century laws to 21st-century technology is not the answer to protect the free Internet despite the overwhelming amount of public support for that approach, anti-regulation advocates told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday...
  • Holder, Clapper endorse reforms in bulk collection of intelligence

    Two top Obama administration officials this week endorsed proposed reforms in the intelligence community’s bulk collection of data on Americans. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. and Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper wrote to Sen....
  • Jim Jeffords dies at 80; Vermont senator who left the GOP in 2001

    Although he made his career in politics, Jim Jeffords was a modest man who disliked cameras and speeches. In May 2001, however, the three-term senator from Vermont found himself in the spotlight when he quit the Republican Party and tipped the Senate...
  • Former Vermont Senator James Jeffords dies at 80

    Former Vermont Senator James Jeffords dies at 80
    James Jeffords, a soft-spoken Vermonter whose defection from the Republican Party in 2001 created an unprecedented power shift in the U.S. Senate and gave Democrats control of the chamber for 18 months, has died at age 80, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy...
  • James Jeffords dies; ex-senator quit GOP, tipping control of chamber

    James Jeffords, a former U.S. senator from Vermont who tipped the balance of the Senate in 2001 after he left the Republican Party and became an independent, died Monday. He was 80. Diane Derby, Jeffords' former press secretary and a spokeswoman for his...
  • Republican-turned-independent former Senator Jeffords dies

    Republican-turned-independent former Senator Jeffords dies
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - James Jeffords, a soft-spoken Vermonter whose defection from the Republican Party in 2001 created an unprecedented power shift in the U.S. Senate and gave Democrats control of the chamber for 18 months, died on Monday at age 80, his...
  • A first step in reining in the NSA

    A little more than a year after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the federal government was collecting and storing the telephone records of millions of Americans, Congress is poised to end the program and provide...