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  • Obama to seek only modest reforms in government surveillance

    Obama to seek only modest reforms in government surveillance
    WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to announce new guidelines for government surveillance operations but will not end or order strict limits on the most controversial domestic programs exposed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward...
  • Groups lose nearly $300,000 from Catholic charity over gay marriage issue

    Groups lose nearly $300,000 from Catholic charity over gay marriage issue
    When a statewide immigrant-rights coalition endorsed same-sex marriage this past spring, 11 groups were given a stark choice by a Roman Catholic anti-poverty program: Leave the coalition, or lose their Catholic funding. Eight of the groups decided to...
  • What we think: If 'stand your ground' stands, give it makeover

    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...
  • SYG law can be improved with restrictions on Watch groups

    While Florida's "stand your ground" law is an excellent, common-sense law, it's not perfect. In 2005, Rep. Dennis Baxley came to me with the idea that the Legislature should revise Florida's law that required an innocent victim to flee when attacked...
  • Senate committee approves 'Stand Your Ground' fixes

    Senate committee approves 'Stand Your Ground' fixes
    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...
  • Immigrant groups lose Catholic funding over gay marriage issue

    Immigrant groups lose Catholic funding over gay marriage issue
    When a statewide immigrant-rights coalition endorsed same-sex marriage this past spring, 11 groups were given a stark choice by a Roman Catholic anti-poverty program: Leave the coalition or lose their Catholic funding. Eight of the groups decided to...
  • Will the NSA be reformed?

    Remember Edward Snowden? For a while, the National Security Agency's renegade contractor seemed like the most influential man in American intelligence, even though he's been hiding out in Moscow. Snowden's disclosures touched off a wave of enthusiasm in...
  • Senate committee votes to cut drug-related mandatory-minimum sentences

    Senate committee votes to cut drug-related mandatory-minimum sentences
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate Judiciary Committee voted, 13-5, on Thursday to slash mandatory-minimum sentences for many nonviolent drug offenses and to make retroactive a 2010 law reducing the sentences for possession of crack cocaine. The bill had...
  • Senate panel approves civil rights nominee Debo Adegbile

    On a straight party-line vote Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved civil rights lawyer Debo Adegbile’s nomination to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Adegbile, a longtime voting-rights specialist for the...
  • In rejecting Debo Adegbile, two Senate Democrats take the easy way out

    In rejecting Debo Adegbile, two Senate Democrats take the easy way out
    Last month, in endorsing President Obama’s nomination of veteran litigator Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, a Los Angeles Times editorial noted the possibility that Republicans would line up against the...
  • Senate rejects Obama's civil rights nominee

    Senate rejects Obama's civil rights nominee
    WASHINGTON — In a surprising defeat for President Obama, the Democratic-controlled Senate on Wednesday blocked his pick to head the Justice Department's civil rights division, the first time in his presidency that one of his nominees failed to...
  • Al Franken Blasts Comcast, Time Warner Cable Merger Again

    Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) again took to the airwaves to criticize the proposed merger of Comcast with Time Warner Cable, telling "CBS This Morning" on Monday that the combination will see customers paying more. "I think consumers will end up paying more,...