| Jan 14, 2014
| 8:43 PM
WASHINGTON — Judges on the federal government's secret surveillance court have strongly rejected any proposed changes to their review process, putting unexpected pressure on the White House on Tuesday as President Obama prepares a speech aimed at...
| 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...
| Nov 24, 2013
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...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 7:16 PM
WASHINGTON -- It wasn’t long after Lisa Murkowski voted to continue a filibuster of President Obama’s nominee to lead the ATF that the Alaska Republican found herself surrounded in the well of the Senate, as colleagues from both parties made a...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 2:17 PM
WASHINGTON – B. Todd Jones is on the cusp of becoming the first Senate-confirmed director of the ATF on Thursday, after a fierce lobbying effort successfully swayed a single Republican lawmaker to change her vote.
Democrats had expected a close...
| May 20, 2013
| 9:00 PM
WASHINGTON – Top conservative leaders, along with tea party activists from across the nation, have crafted a letter of opposition to the Senate’s bipartisan immigration overhaul.
The open letter to the Senate, which will be released Tuesday,...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 8:38 AM
WASHINGTON -- The public got its first look at the secret court order that authorized the government’s vast collection of records of domestic telephone calls as the Obama administration moved Wednesday to try to boost public confidence in the...
| Jul 9, 2013
| 9:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- Moments into a confirmation hearing Tuesday for James B. Comey Jr. as the seventh director of the FBI, Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee, as well as a group of former FBI agents, said they have grave...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 3:18 PM
WASHINGTON – James B. Comey was confirmed as the seventh director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Monday, ending what had been a rare filibuster against a nominee to head the agency.
With the 93-1 vote, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) became the...
| Oct 19, 2013
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...
| Oct 6, 2013
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...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
The Boston Marathon bombing has brought out the xenophobes.
Often when America suffers some large, inexplicable tragedy, we want to blame "foreigners" and look for ways to fortify ourselves against them. It's more reassuring to believe that an evil...