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  • White House to review use of Americans' personal info

    White House to review use of Americans' personal info
    WASHINGTON – White House advisor John Podesta took on a new role Thursday as the administration’s “big data” point person, launching a sweeping review of how the government and businesses use large caches of personal information...
  • Repairing the Voting Rights Act

    Repairing the Voting Rights Act
    When the Supreme Court struck down a key portion of the Voting Rights Act last year, it seemed impossible that a divided Congress would be able to agree on new legislation that would satisfy the court's concerns and restore robust enforcement of the...
  • Reid ready to make historic change to Senate filibuster rules

    WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid signaled his intent to make good on a threat to deploy the "nuclear option" by changing Senate filibuster rules, a move he said was necessary after Republicans continued to hold up presidential...
  • Republican filibuster blocks Obama appeals court nominee

    Republican filibuster blocks Obama appeals court nominee
    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....
  • Use of tough federal sentencing laws varies widely nationwide

    Use of tough federal sentencing laws varies widely nationwide
    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...
  • Senate Republicans block Obama nominees

    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...
  • NSA's metadata program: End it, don't mend it

    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" —...
  • U.S. spying scandal straining ties with Europe

    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...
  • Counting Catholics in Congress -- an obsolete exercise

    I purchased my copy of the 2014 Almanac of American Politics (only $90) Tuesday and immediately started browsing through the profiles of members of Congress. As always, I found myself focusing on the religion of the senators and representatives, a...
  • GOP filibuster of judges is a war, but it's not a war on women

    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...
  • Senate committee approves reporters' shield law

    WASHINGTON — Journalists and bloggers who report news to the public will be protected from being forced to testify about their work under a media shield bill passed by a Senate committee Thursday. But the new legal protections will not extend to...
  • Senate confirms first openly gay U.S. appeals court judge

    Senate confirms first openly gay U.S. appeals court judge
    WASHINGTON -- By a unanimous vote Tuesday, the Senate confirmed the first openly gay judge to sit on a U.S. court of appeals. Todd M. Hughes, 46, a veteran Justice Department lawyer, will serve on the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, a...