| Sep 23, 2013
The notion that society benefits when journalists are able to promise confidentiality to news sources isn't a radical idea. The vast majority of states provide some protection for reporters from having to identify sources who request anonymity, and long-...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 6:49 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- Lawmakers advanced changes to Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law Tuesday in the wake of the George Zimmerman trial and a summer of protests after his acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
But gun-rights groups...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 4:27 PM
TALLAHASSEE — For a month this summer, protesters enraged by the acquittal of George Zimmerman turned the normally sleepy Florida Capitol into center stage of a contemporary social-justice showdown.
They slept outside Gov. Rick Scott's office....
| Oct 23, 2013
After months of controversy over Florida's "stand your ground" law, some fixes for its worst flaws could finally be on the way. This month a state Senate panel approved a measure that would modify the law that became notorious for delaying George...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 3:55 PM
How's this for some legal jujitsu: Opponents of the 2010 healthcare law are trying to use the Supreme Court's ruling that upheld its constitutionality to support their argument that it's unconstitutional.
The Pacific Legal Foundation, a...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 11:42 AM
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...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 5:36 PM
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...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 10:54 PM
WASHINGTON — Three hours into his Senate speech-a-thon, Sen. Ted Cruz recalled that Sen. Rand Paul's filibuster criticizing U.S. drone policy was seen at first as "curious if not quixotic," but ultimately "transformed the debate."
Cruz, a Texas...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 4:51 PM
A U.S. Senate committee cleared the nomination of Zachary Fardon on Thursday as the next U.S. attorney in Chicago, sending it to the full Senate for a final vote.
The unanimous voice vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee comes more than 15 months after...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 8:57 PM
WASHINGTON — A federal judge has for the first time ruled that the National Security Agency's once-secret policy of collecting the dialing records of all phone calls in the country probably violates the Constitution, a defeat for the government that...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 7:39 PM
WASHINGTON — A presidential task force has urged President Obama to impose significant curbs on National Security Agency operations, including an end to bulk collection of domestic telephone records, reform of a secret surveillance court and...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 9:00 PM
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...