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U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary

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  • Judge says NSA phone data collection is probably unconstitutional

    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...
  • Presidential panel recommends limits on NSA spying

    Presidential panel recommends limits on NSA spying
    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...
  • Trying to knock out Obamacare on a technicality

    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. Wait, what? The Pacific Legal Foundation, a...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Civil rights nominee known for 'Sesame Street,' liberal legal causes

    Civil rights nominee known for 'Sesame Street,' liberal legal causes
    WASHINGTON — Debo Adegbile, President Obama's nominee to lead the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, attributes much of his success as an attorney to a nine-year stint as a child actor on "Sesame Street" in the 1970s. The unusual resume...
  • 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...
  • Our leaders let an opportunity fly by

    Our leaders let an opportunity fly by
    SACRAMENTO—You might think that testing robotic aircraft for future civilian use would be a quintessential California enterprise. But not if you're a U.S. senator from the state. The governor's not exactly a cheerleader for the idea, either....
  • Brown's budget plan would require cuts, chief justice says

    SACRAMENTO — California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, flanked by legislative leaders and judges, warned Tuesday that Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget for the coming fiscal year would probably trigger more courthouse closures and layoffs in...
  • Sen. Steinberg recommends replacing Sen. Evans as judiciary panel chair

    Sen. Steinberg recommends replacing Sen. Evans as judiciary panel chair
    SACRAMENTO -- Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) recommended Tuesday that Sen. Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) be replaced as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and observers say it appears part of a political squabble between the...
  • Bipartisan group begins effort to restore parts of Voting Rights Act

    WASHINGTON – Lawmakers announced Thursday bipartisan legislation that would restore key protections of the Voting Rights Act that were thrown out by the Supreme Court last summer. The bill would also establish new criteria to determine whether...