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Obama says health care law will standupdated: Tue May 15 2012 05:44:00

President Obama says several legal experts believe his plan is constitutional.

CNNMoney: Will patent reform really create 200,000 jobs?updated: Fri Sep 16 2011 11:57:00

America's first significant patent reform in six decades is close to becoming law: It passed Congress on Thursday and President Obama has declared that he will sign the bill.

2009: Suicide and the militaryupdated: Fri May 27 2011 06:14:00

In April 2009, A family spoke out after the suicide of a Marine husband and father.

Obama urged to reverse policy on no condolence letters for suicidesupdated: Fri May 27 2011 06:14:00

A bipartisan group of senators is asking President Barack Obama to change the current "insensitive" policy of not sending condolence letters to families of service members who commit suicide.

American student 'safe and well' in Syriaupdated: Sat Mar 26 2011 23:24:00

The father of an American student who disappeared in Syria said Saturday his son "is safe and well," but remains in the hands of Syrian authorities.

Lawmakers concerned over securityupdated: Wed Jan 12 2011 07:39:00

Security for members of Congress is tight in Washinton, but not in their home districts, as Brianna Keilar reports.

Leahy: 'Seething rhetoric' has gone too farupdated: Wed Jan 12 2011 07:39:00

Sen. Patrick Leahy issued a stern warning Tuesday on toning down the rhetoric that many say led to the shootings in Tucson, Arizona.

Justice Kagan makes her mark on day one, then has to goupdated: Mon Oct 04 2010 17:18:00

Justice Elena Kagan made the most of her first day on the Supreme Court bench before reluctantly vanishing behind the burgundy curtains -- leaving behind her bench-mates.

Fight for Senate antipiracy bill ragesupdated: Thu Sep 30 2010 07:34:00

Killing legislation that would enable the government to shut down websites accused of piracy was a top priority for many technology trade groups Wednesday.

Sen. Leahy: Byrd was 'extraordinary man'updated: Mon Jun 28 2010 17:31:00

Sen. Patrick Leahy fondly remembers Sen. Robert Byrd during Elana Kagan's confirmation hearings.

CNNMoney: Want more jobs? Fix the broken patent systemupdated: Mon Jun 21 2010 04:53:00

After decades of inaction, lawmakers are finally closing in on a sweeping overhaul of America's antiquated, underfunded and extremely broken patent process. The popular move could help spur much-needed innovation and job creation -- but first, it has to get through a Senate logjam.

Kagan Supreme Court hearings to start June 28updated: Wed May 19 2010 16:15:00

The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin its confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on June 28, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, announced Wednesday.

Amid praise for Stevens, lines drawn over successorupdated: Fri Apr 09 2010 22:16:00

As reaction mounted to Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' announcement that he will retire from the high court this summer, members of both parties drew lines over the upcoming battle to replace him.

Justice John Paul Stevens to retireupdated: Fri Apr 09 2010 22:16:00

CNN's Mark Preston says Justice John Paul Stevens retirement gives the President to make his mark on the Supreme Court.

Senators' friendship strong on and off Capitol Hillupdated: Mon Mar 01 2010 09:10:00

While many in Washington believe that bipartisanship is long gone, two seasoned senators say it's not -- at least not yet.

U.S. delays counternarcotics aid to Mexicoupdated: Wed Aug 05 2009 22:53:00

The release of a report that would free up more than $100 million in U.S. aid to Mexico to combat drug cartels has been delayed by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont.

McConnell blasts Dems over Sotomayor hearing dateupdated: Wed Jun 10 2009 17:10:00

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor Wednesday to blast Democrats for setting a start date on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearing.

Sotomayor's confirmation hearings to begin in Julyupdated: Wed Jun 10 2009 14:32:00

The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin Judge Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings for the U.S. Supreme Court on July 13, the committee's chairman, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, said Tuesday.

Sen. Leahy on Judge Sotomayorupdated: Tue Jun 02 2009 20:31:00

Sen. Patrick Leahy talks about meeting with Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

Sotomayor to follow law 'completely,' Leahy saysupdated: Tue Jun 02 2009 20:31:00

Judge Sonia Sotomayor on Tuesday promised to apply the law "ultimately and completely" regardless of circumstance, said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy.

Sources: High court selection process down to finalistsupdated: Wed May 13 2009 21:29:00

The search for a Supreme Court nominee has been trimmed to about half a dozen candidates by top White House officials, and an announcement may come by month's end, two sources close to the selection process tell CNN.

Leahy wants to probe 'chain of command' on tortureupdated: Mon Apr 27 2009 07:18:00

An independent commission is needed to determine who authorized the use of abusive interrogation techniques against suspected terrorists, a leading advocate of such a panel said Sunday.

Paper: Rice OK'd waterboardingupdated: Mon Apr 27 2009 07:18:00

A Senate report says former Secretay of State Condoleezza Rice was deeply involved in allowing waterboarding.

Rights groups criticize CIA immunity on interrogationsupdated: Thu Apr 16 2009 18:52:00

Human rights organizations reacted angrily Thursday to the Obama administration's announcement that CIA officials would not be prosecuted for past waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics.

Leahy calls for 'truth commission' on tortureupdated: Wed Mar 04 2009 18:24:00

The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman called Wednesday for the establishment of a nonpartisan "commission of inquiry" to investigate allegations of wrongdoing against former Bush administration officials in their prosecution of the war on terrorism.

Confirmation on the Hillupdated: Wed Jan 21 2009 15:37:00

CNN's Briana Keilar reports on the confirmation hearings and votes taking place on Capitol Hill.

Holder confirmation hearing delayed a weekupdated: Wed Jan 21 2009 15:37:00

The initial confirmation vote for Eric Holder, President Barack Obama's pick for attorney general, was postponed for a week Wednesday after a rancorous meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Time.com: Leahy: Anthrax Suspect Ivins Had Helpupdated: Wed Sep 17 2008 20:00:00

The chairman of the of Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday he does not believe that Dr. Bruce Ivins acted alone in the deadly 2001 anthrax attacks

FBI to examine computers in anthrax probeupdated: Thu Aug 07 2008 19:36:00

Federal agents hope two computers seized from a Frederick, Maryland, public library yield more clues regarding anthrax suspect Bruce Ivins, according to new case documents.

Senator: Waste, fraud, neglect hurting U.S. soldiersupdated: Wed Jul 23 2008 12:38:00

Tens of billions in taxpayer dollars have been lost, wasted or remain unaccounted for in Afghanistan and Iraq, and some of those funds -- and some missing weapons -- have landed in insurgents' hands, a U.S. senator alleged Wednesday.

U.S. aims to reduce cluster bomb casualtiesupdated: Wed Jul 09 2008 21:14:00

The U.S. military will continue to use cluster bombs but will try to reduce the number of civilian casualties by redesigning them so there are fewer ordnances that detonate long after the weapon is fired, officials said Wednesday.

Memo on harsh interrogations declassifiedupdated: Wed Apr 02 2008 14:14:00

The Justice Department has declassified a 2003 legal memo that said U.S. criminal laws and international treaties did not apply in the military treatment and interrogations of "enemy combatants" taken from the battlefield and held outside the United States.

Protecting your infoupdated: Tue Mar 25 2008 17:54:00

Does the government do a good job in protecting your personal data? CNN's Jeanne Meserve reports.

Attorney general won't say whether waterboarding is tortureupdated: Tue Jan 29 2008 23:12:00

Attorney General Michael Mukasey on Tuesday ruled out declaring openly whether he believes the interrogation technique known as waterboarding constitutes torture.

Restriction on American travelers faces fight at northern borderupdated: Thu Jan 17 2008 22:51:00

The Secretary of Homeland Security said Thursday that he is committed to ending a centuries-old practice that allows United States citizens to cross U.S. land borders simply by saying they are Americans.

Congress delays passport rule for nearby sea, land travelupdated: Fri Dec 21 2007 17:21:00

Congress has delayed a requirement that people entering the United States from Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean show a passport when arriving by land or sea.

Leahy: White House aides must comply with subpoenas updated: Thu Nov 29 2007 23:11:00

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected White House claims of executive privilege and demanded Thursday that key White House aides testify in the case of the controversial firings of U.S. attorneys.

Leahy won't vote for Mukaseyupdated: Fri Nov 02 2007 17:57:00

Sen. Patrick Leahy says he will vote no on President Bush's nomination of Judge Michael Mukasey for Attorney General.

Bush attorney general nominee gets key Democratic supportupdated: Fri Nov 02 2007 17:57:00

The confirmation of Michael Mukasey as attorney general was all but assured Friday when two key Democratic senators said they will vote in favor of the nominee despite questions about his views on "waterboarding" and the president's power to order electronic surveillance.

Top GOP senator: Attorney general nomination 'at risk'updated: Wed Oct 31 2007 19:25:00

A top GOP senator Wednesday warned that Michael Mukasey's nomination for attorney general is "at risk" because the retired federal judge refused to categorically declare that a controversial interrogation technique is torture.

Attorney general nominee pledges independenceupdated: Thu Oct 18 2007 08:50:00

Attorney General-nominee Michael Mukasey made it clear to senators Wednesday he would be independent from the White House and would make legal decisions based "on facts and law, not by interests and motives."

Bush: 'This government does not torture' updated: Fri Oct 05 2007 13:46:00

President Bush on Friday defended his administration's methods of interrogating terrorism suspects, insisting, "This government does not torture people."

Bush denies U.S. tortureupdated: Fri Oct 05 2007 13:46:00

President Bush defended the methods used to question terror suspects, denying that the U.S. uses torture.

Gitmo detainee alleges tortureupdated: Thu Oct 04 2007 19:41:00

A former Guantanamo Bay detainee says he would lie to interrogators just to escape torture. CNN's Paula Newton reports.

Debate rages over secret Justice memo on tortureupdated: Thu Oct 04 2007 19:41:00

The White House and Justice Department on Thursday strongly denied a published report that a secret Justice Department opinion in 2005 allowed the torture of terror detainees, months after the government publicly renounced it.

Leahy: 'Time is up' for White House to produce surveillance opinions updated: Mon Aug 20 2007 07:04:00

The White House asked for more time to produce documents regarding the legality of the Bush administration's no-warrant surveillance program Monday, but the chairman of the Senate committee that demanded them said "time is up."

Dems continue executive privilege fight into recessupdated: Thu Aug 09 2007 01:55:00

Though Congress is on vacation, majority Democrats are keeping alive various fights with the White House with one common thread: Congress' access to administration documents and testimony to which President Bush has claimed executive privilege.

Gonzales to senators: 'I may have created confusion'updated: Thu Aug 02 2007 00:01:00

With potential perjury accusations hanging over him, embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales sent a letter to Senate leaders Wednesday acknowledging he "may have created confusion" in his previous testimony.

Gonzales calls it confusion; Specter calls it 'misleading'updated: Wed Aug 01 2007 22:27:00

The ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee said he's not satisfied with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' attempt to clarify his testimony about no-warrant surveillance.

Leahy says he'll subpoena Rove, aideupdated: Thu Jul 26 2007 22:53:00

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy said Thursday he will subpoena White House political adviser Karl Rove to testify about the firings of federal prosecutors.

Rove to be subpoenaedupdated: Thu Jul 26 2007 22:53:00

Rove to be subpoenaed

Senator Leahy: 'What is the White House trying to hide ... ?'updated: Wed Jul 25 2007 05:18:00

The White House on Monday reiterated its claim of executive privilege in the firings of federal prosecutors, saying former aides would not comply with congressional subpoenas for their testimony.

Contempt of Congressupdated: Wed Jul 25 2007 05:18:00

Contempt of Congress

White House defies congressional subpoenasupdated: Thu Jun 28 2007 16:26:00

President Bush on Thursday refused to comply with subpoenas sent by House and Senate committees requesting documents about the firing of several U.S. attorneys last year.

Time.com: Did Gonzales Coach Goodling?updated: Fri Jun 15 2007 17:15:00

His own department's Inspector General is looking into a conversation between Gonzales and a key aide

Congress demands e-mails; Justice says ask Rove campupdated: Wed May 16 2007 17:26:00

The Justice Department on Wednesday told an angry Senate Judiciary Committee chairman it does not have documents described in a subpoena that demands all materials relating to Karl Rove's possible involvement in the U.S. attorney firings.

'Bargain' aims to deal with border, then guest workersupdated: Wed May 09 2007 10:37:00

Senators may have mended fences on contentious immigration legislation that sputtered in Congress last year, and they will head into next week's debate with what one GOP senator called a "grand bargain."

Senator subpoenas Rove's e-mails in attorney firings caseupdated: Wed May 02 2007 16:36:00

The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman issued a subpoena Wednesday to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in an attempt to get e-mails that President Bush's top political adviser sent regarding last year's firings of eight U.S. attorneys.

White House: 'We screwed up' on deleted e-mailsupdated: Thu Apr 12 2007 15:13:00

The White House "screwed up" by not requiring e-mails from Republican Party and campaign accounts to be saved and is trying to recover any documents that may have been deleted, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

Attorney firings were proper, former aide saysupdated: Wed Mar 28 2007 21:38:00

The decision to fire eight U.S. attorneys in December was "properly made but poorly explained," a former top aide to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will tell a Senate committee Thursday.

Congress rejects White House conditions updated: Thu Mar 22 2007 07:08:00

Key congressional committee chairmen sent letters Thursday formally rejecting a White House proposal specifying the conditions under which White House aides could be interviewed by Congress about the firings of eight U.S. attorneys.

Sen. Pryor: Attorney general lied to Senateupdated: Thu Mar 15 2007 08:19:00

Arkansas Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor bluntly accused Attorney General Alberto Gonzales of lying to the Senate about replacing federal prosecutors with interim appointees and joined calls for Gonzales' resignation Thursday.

CNNMoney: Senate bill seeks to ban generic payoffsupdated: Wed Jan 17 2007 10:42:00

The Senate Judiciary Committee will consider a bill to get rid of Big Pharma's payoffs to generic drugmakers that keep their low-cost drugs off the market, according to the committee chairman.

Flag-burning amendment fails by a voteupdated: Tue Jun 27 2006 17:39:00

The Senate by a single vote Tuesday rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to ban desecrating the American flag.

Senate opens flag-burning debateupdated: Mon Jun 26 2006 17:05:00

The Senate began debate Monday on a proposed constitutional amendment that would prohibit the desecration of the American flag, the latest in a series of election-year votes pushed by the chamber's Republican leaders.

Dobbs: Senate bill raises serious questionsupdated: Thu Apr 06 2006 14:03:00

Republican and Democratic senators Thursday morning took turns in front of television cameras congratulating themselves and their esteemed colleagues for reaching a compromise on illegal immigration reform.

CNNMoney: Senators to Big Oil: Where's the money?updated: Tue Mar 14 2006 11:14:00

Senators, considering a bill to restrict energy industry mergers and tax breaks, grilled oil executives again Tuesday as to why they are reaping record profits while consumers pay record prices at the pump.

Judiciary Democrats plan to say 'no' to Alitoupdated: Thu Jan 19 2006 08:40:00

Three Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Thursday that they would vote against President Bush's Supreme Court nominee.

Senate gives Patriot Act six more monthsupdated: Wed Dec 21 2005 10:55:00

Senators voted late Wednesday night to extend some expiring and contentious provisions of the Patriot Act for six months after leaders announced minutes earlier that they had reached a bipartisan agreement.

Deal reached to extend Patriot Act updated: Thu Dec 08 2005 10:51:00

Congressional leaders reached a deal Thursday to extend key provisions of the Patriot Act, the government's premier anti-terrorism law. However, prominent Democratic senators said they opposed the compromise, and one threatened a filibuster.

Roberts reveals views on legal questionsupdated: Wed Sep 14 2005 10:06:00

Judge John Roberts, President Bush's pick to succeed William Rehnquist as the nation's chief justice, appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the third day of his confirmation hearings Wednesday. Read below for some of the questions posed to the nominee in the hearings so far and his responses on the legal issues of the day.

Report: U.S. abusing material witness statuteupdated: Mon Jun 27 2005 07:31:00

Civil liberties groups will release a report Monday that accuses the Justice Department of violating individual rights under material witness statutes.

Groups: U.S. misused witness law after 9/11updated: Sun Jun 26 2005 22:06:00

Two civil liberties groups will release a report Monday claiming the Justice Department has abused its power under the material witness statute and violated many of the the detainees' rights.

Activist recalled for her devotion to Iraqisupdated: Sat May 14 2005 23:30:00

Marla Ruzicka, an American activist killed in an Iraqi car bombing last month, was remembered Saturday for her "tenaciousness" when she counted civilian war casualties at a special memorial service in Washington.

CNNMoney: ID breaches weren't immediately reportedupdated: Wed Apr 13 2005 10:51:00

ChoicePoint President Douglas Curling and LexisNexis CEO Kurt Sanford admitted that they did not immediately report security breaches to victims while they were being grilled during Senate hearings over personal identity theft.

Survivors use hands in rescue digupdated: Tue Mar 29 2005 03:02:00

Survivors of the great earthquake that struck off Sumatra have used their hands to dig through rubble while searching for loved ones on the hard-hit Indonesian island of Nias.

Jim Haynes as a stalking horse in 'torturegate'updated: Mon Jan 03 2005 11:32:00

Recently, President Bush renominated 12 men and women whom he had previously nominated for federal appellate court judgeships. During Bush's first term, the Senate had refused to confirm any of the 12 -- and had filibustered the nominations of seven. Now, Bush has asked the Senate to think again.

Rights groups call for 'scrutiny' of Gonzalesupdated: Mon Nov 29 2004 17:56:00

Many of the nation's leading civil rights groups expressed "serious concern" Monday with President Bush's nomination of White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales to be attorney general, calling for "close scrutiny" by the Senate.

Bush fills half of open Cabinet positionsupdated: Thu Nov 18 2004 10:46:00

President Bush is half way through the job of restocking his Cabinet, naming three new members to help him push through his second term agenda.

Ramasastry: Hooking phishermenupdated: Mon Aug 16 2004 09:17:00

Phishing is a particularly pernicious type of Internet identity theft scam. So far, little has been done to stop it. But that will change if a promising new anti-phishing bill introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy becomes law.

Key senators view Gitmo disturbance tapesupdated: Wed Jul 14 2004 21:30:00

Video of U.S. forces quelling disturbances at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, facility were shown to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, the office of Sen. Patrick Leahy said.

Cheney says he felt better after cursing at Leahyupdated: Fri Jun 25 2004 20:33:00

Vice President Dick Cheney has said he didn't regret cursing at Sen. Patrick Leahy earlier this week, and said he felt better after the incident.

Sources: Cheney curses senator over Halliburton criticismupdated: Thu Jun 24 2004 15:36:00

Typically a break from partisan warfare, this year's Senate class photo turned smiles into snarls as Vice President Dick Cheney reportedly used profanity toward one senior Democrat, sources said.

Democrats want Cheney-Halliburton probeupdated: Tue Jun 01 2004 16:49:00

A Democratic senator Tuesday called for a congressional investigation into whether Vice President Dick Cheney had a role in awarding a no-bid contract in Iraq to his old company, the oil-services giant Halliburton.

Leahy: Justice Department to probe leaked filesupdated: Mon Apr 26 2004 19:45:00

The top federal prosecutor in New York will lead an investigation into whether computer files of Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats were accessed improperly, the panel's leading Democrat said Monday.

The miracle workerupdated: Mon Mar 01 2004 11:55:00

Mary Beth Cahill used blunt talk and discipline to bring back John Kerry. No surprise from this working-class Catholic girl

Rehnquist questioned on Cheney-Scalia tripupdated: Wed Jan 21 2004 20:40:00

Two leading Democratic senators asked Chief Justice William Rehnquist on Thursday about the propriety of a hunting trip Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia took with Vice President Dick Cheney while Cheney has a case pending before the high court.

Fortune: The Hollings Bill: Doomed But Effectiveupdated: Mon May 27 2002 00:01:00

U.S. senators are powerful and egocentric enough to overlook most of their colleagues' indiscretions: alcoholism, philandering, and, of course, betrayal of principle to win reelection. One act is b...

Fortune: NOW HEAR THIS updated: Mon Mar 21 1994 00:01:00

PATRICK LEAHY, 53, U.S. Senator (D-Vermont), on the impact on local businesses when Wal-Mart moves in, as the retailer now wants to do in St. Albans: ''My preliminary conclusion is that the arrival...

Money Magazine: How you should read the new labelsupdated: Tue Dec 01 1992 00:01:00

''When consumers walk down the aisles of their supermarkets these days,'' says Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, ''they encounter scores ...

Fortune: A word from the government, the great mustache mystery, Bugsy meets Benito, and other matters. SEARCHING FOR A CERTAIN SENATORupdated: Mon Feb 24 1992 00:01:00

Who is the most liberal member of the U.S. Senate? The last time we asked this fateful question (June 19, 1989), the surprising answer was Claiborne Pell, the spaced-out aristocrat from Rhode Islan...

Fortune: NOW HEAR THIS updated: Mon Sep 24 1990 00:01:00

-- PATRICK LEAHY, 50, Democratic Senator from Vermont, in advocating a ''war tax'' to finance U.S. operations in the Persian Gulf: ''This would demonstrate to the world that we are in there for the...

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