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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...
  • NSA data gathering appears likely to continue for time being

    NSA data gathering appears likely to continue for time being
    WASHINGTON — In the week since President Obama called for ending the National Security Agency's bulk collection of U.S. telephone data "as it currently exists," telephone carriers have uploaded customer calling records to NSA computers just as...
  • 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...
  • Top law enforcement organization opposes civil rights nominee

    Top law enforcement organization opposes civil rights nominee
    WASHINGTON — One of the nation’s largest law-enforcement organizations has voiced “vehement opposition" to the nomination of Debo Adegbile to become the Department of Justice’s top voting rights official, telling the White House...
  • 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...
  • Holder plan would ease mandatory sentences for some drug offenders

    Holder plan would ease mandatory sentences for some drug offenders
    The Justice Department plans to change how it prosecutes some non-violent drug offenders, so they would no longer face mandatory minimum prison sentences, in an overhaul of federal prison policy that Attorney General Eric Holder will unveil on Monday....
  • 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...
  • Keep the drone debate alive

    It's become accepted wisdom that Washington has become pathologically polarized and partisan, with every new debate inevitably breaking down along party lines. That's why it was so remarkable last week when Rand Paul's old-fashioned talking filibuster...
  • 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...
  • New Snowden leaks reveal problems at NSA

    New Snowden leaks reveal problems at NSA
    WASHINGTON -- The disclosure of a top secret internal audit that shows the National Security Agency has overstepped its legal authority repeatedly since 2011 is likely to further erode public trust in the beleaguered intelligence service and spur new...