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CNNMoney: Patent reform is finally on its wayupdated: Fri Jun 24 2011 11:05:00

Patent reform cleared another major hurdle on Thursday, when the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to approve a bill that would fundamentally change the way the government treats intellectual property.

Senate removes federal judge in impeachment convictionupdated: Wed Dec 08 2010 12:46:00

The U.S. Senate found Federal Judge G. Thomas Porteous of Louisiana guilty on four articles of impeachment on Wednesday, which will remove him from the federal bench.

Senate trial on impeached judge to beginupdated: Tue Dec 07 2010 01:27:00

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday will begin deciding whether to oust a federal judge, G. Thomas Porteous Jr. of Louisiana, who was impeached by the House earlier this year on corruption charges.

Debate over DREAM Act heats up as immigration-related bill awaits voteupdated: Thu Dec 02 2010 18:22:00

The future of the DREAM Act has become something of a nightmare for Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill.

Impeachment trial of federal judge gets under way in U.S. Senateupdated: Mon Sep 13 2010 14:00:00

The U.S. Senate on Monday started the impeachment trial of federal judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr. -- the first such trial since the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton in 1999.

Letter: No charges in firing of 9 U.S. attorneys during Bush yearsupdated: Wed Jul 21 2010 21:59:00

The Justice Department says it has decided not to charge former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales or other Bush administration officials in the controversial firings of nine U. S. attorneys, according to a letter sent to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

Survivors remember those killed on rigupdated: Fri Jun 11 2010 22:48:00

Survivors of the rig explosion tell Anderson Cooper about the 11 men who died that day. See the full story tonight at 10.

Drill rig crew pressed to work faster, survivor saysupdated: Fri Jun 11 2010 22:48:00

Stephen and Sara Stone say they never thought their six-month marriage would be tested so soon.

Rig's crew may have been 'shorthanded and fatigued,' lawmaker saysupdated: Wed Jun 09 2010 00:31:00

The crew of the drill rig Deepwater Horizon may have been overworked and short of key personnel before the explosion that unleashed the worst oil spill in U.S. history, a leading Democratic congressman suggested Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Wall Street reform: Next stepsupdated: Sat May 22 2010 10:42:00

Now that Wall Street reform has passed both chambers of Congress, the next step for lawmakers is to work out the differences.

Report clears Bush officials of misconduct over 'torture' memosupdated: Fri Feb 19 2010 19:49:00

Bush administration lawyers who wrote "torture" memos have been cleared of allegations of professional misconduct after a Justice Department internal investigation, which recommends no legal consequences for their actions.

House impeaches Texas judge accused of sex crimesupdated: Fri Jun 19 2009 21:53:00

The House of Representatives voted Friday to impeach a federal judge convicted of obstruction of justice while in office.

Rove questioned about U.S. attorney firingsupdated: Sun May 17 2009 17:21:00

Former Bush administration official Karl Rove was interviewed Friday at the office of his attorney about why nine U.S. attorneys were fired in 2006.

Vermont on cusp of legalizing same-sex marriageupdated: Tue Mar 24 2009 10:36:00

Vermont is weighing a bill that could make it the first state to legalize same-sex marriage without being prompted by the courts.

Rove, Miers agree to questioning about U.S. attorney firingsupdated: Wed Mar 04 2009 19:22:00

Former White House political adviser Karl Rove and counsel Harriet Miers have agreed to face questions from Congress about allegations of improper political influence in the Justice Department, the House Judiciary Committee announced Wednesday.

Arrests 'crushing blow' to Mexican drug cartel, U.S. officials sayupdated: Wed Feb 25 2009 21:47:00

U.S. investigators have wrapped up a major 21-month drug-enforcement operation aimed at crippling a powerful and violent Mexican cartel operating in the United States, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Wednesday.

Bill proposes ISPs, Wi-Fi keep logs for policeupdated: Fri Feb 20 2009 10:05:00

Republican politicians on Thursday called for a sweeping new federal law that would require all Internet providers and operators of millions of Wi-Fi access points, even hotels, local coffee shops, and home users, to keep records about users for two years to aid police investigations.

Congressmen demand explanation on torture, pardonsupdated: Fri Dec 05 2008 02:49:00

Two key House Democrats demanded in a letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey on Thursday that he explain his recent comments about U.S. counterterrorism officials' controversial policies on detainee interrogations and terrorist surveillance.

For now, Miers and Bolten don't have to face Congressupdated: Mon Oct 06 2008 20:26:00

Former White House Counsel Harriet Miers and President Bush's current Chief of Staff Josh Bolten do not have to cooperate -- at least this year -- with a congressional committee investigating the firings of U.S. Attorneys, a three-judge federal appeals panel in Washington ruled Monday.

CNNMoney: Hidden credit card fees are costing youupdated: Thu Jul 31 2008 17:20:00

Swiping your credit card at the register may save you time, but it certainly won't save you money. Thanks to hidden fees, credit card purchases are costing you more than you may know.

White House aides not immune from subpoenas, judge saysupdated: Thu Jul 31 2008 13:11:00

Congress can force White House aides to testify under subpoena, a U.S. District Court ruled Thursday, rejecting Bush administration claims of immunity.

Ashcroft defends waterboarding before House panelupdated: Thu Jul 17 2008 16:22:00

The controversial interrogation technique of waterboarding has served a "valuable" purpose and does not constitute torture, former Attorney General John Ashcroft told a House committee Thursday.

Rove ignores committee's subpoena, refuses to testifyupdated: Thu Jul 10 2008 14:42:00

Karl Rove, President Bush's longtime political guru, refused to obey an order to testify before a House Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday.

'People deserve better'updated: Fri Jun 20 2008 18:47:00

President Bush's former spokesman Scott McLellan testifies on Capitol Hill about CIA leak.

McClellan: 'Glad' to testify about White Houseupdated: Fri May 30 2008 18:06:00

Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan said Friday that he would be willing to comply with a possible congressional subpoena to discuss the administration's handling of prewar intelligence, telling CNN's Wolf Blitzer he'd be "glad to share my views" if asked to testify.

CNNMoney: Oil executives face House lawmakersupdated: Thu May 22 2008 18:13:00

The debate over who is to blame for high gas prices continued on Capitol Hill Thursday as executives from the nation's largest oil companies returned to face more questions from House lawmakers.

House panel subpoenas Roveupdated: Thu May 22 2008 17:39:00

The House Judiciary Committee served a subpoena on former top Bush aide Karl Rove on Thursday to compel his testimony concerning allegations that the Department of Justice had dismissed U.S. attorneys based on party affiliation.

CNNMoney: How credit cards boost gas pricesupdated: Sat May 17 2008 08:29:00

Buying gasoline with a credit card could be hurting your local independent gas station owner - and you may have to pay for it.

CNNMoney: Democrats: Close speculation loopholeupdated: Thu May 08 2008 11:42:00

Democratic Senators are working to combat rising oil and fuel prices by attacking what many Americans see as the heart of the problem: speculative trading.

Cheney's chief of staff subpoenaedupdated: Wed May 07 2008 11:14:00

A House of Representatives committee has subpoenaed Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff as part of its investigation into the treatment of suspected terrorists, the White House confirmed Tuesday.

Lawmaker vows thorough probe into Sean Bell shootingupdated: Tue Apr 29 2008 10:36:00

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on Monday met with the family of a man fatally shot by police just hours before his wedding, promising a thorough federal investigation of the incident.

Sharpton on Bell caseupdated: Tue Apr 29 2008 10:36:00

Rev. Al Sharpton says the National Action Network will continue to pursue the Sean Bell case.

Judge orders jailed governor's release updated: Thu Mar 27 2008 19:11:00

A federal appeals court Thursday ordered former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman released from prison on bond pending his appeal, saying he is not a flight risk and has shown his appeal will raise "substantial questions of law or fact."

Deals for corporate monitors reined in by Justice Departmentupdated: Mon Mar 10 2008 22:41:00

On the eve of a Capitol Hill hearing into a lucrative deal for former Attorney General John Ashcroft, the Justice Department has tightened controls over U.S. attorneys and other officials who arrange deals that let firms avoid prosecution by accepting corporate monitors and making restitution to victims.

House panel sues to try to make Bolten, Miers talkupdated: Mon Mar 10 2008 15:19:00

The House Judiciary Committee on Monday filed a lawsuit against White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers aimed at forcing them to provide information about the firings of nine U.S. attorneys.

Internal Justice probe examines sanction, review of waterboardingupdated: Fri Feb 22 2008 19:14:00

The Justice Department said Friday it is investigating whether its attorneys properly authorized and reviewed the use of waterboarding by CIA investigators.

House targets Bush aides; GOP stages walkoutupdated: Thu Feb 14 2008 17:45:00

The House voted Thursday to hold White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former White House lawyer Harriet Miers in contempt in its probe of the 2006 firings of U.S. attorneys.

Is waterboarding torture?updated: Wed Jan 30 2008 21:01:00

Attorney General Michael Mukasey refuses to tell Senate committee whether waterboarding interrogation method is legal.

Attorney general dances around waterboarding issueupdated: Wed Jan 30 2008 21:01:00

During five hours of heated wrangling with frustrated Senate Democrats, Attorney General Michael Mukasey refused Wednesday to budge from his position that the controversial interrogation technique known as waterboarding is not clearly illegal.

Bush mum about CIA tape destructionupdated: Thu Dec 20 2007 11:10:00

President Bush said Thursday that he would have no comment on the debate over the destruction of CIA tapes until an investigation is completed.

Military wife may be deportedupdated: Wed Oct 03 2007 15:53:00

Thelma Gutierrez reports on a Navy petty officer whose wife may be deported while he is overseas.

U.S. sailor: Don't deport my wifeupdated: Wed Oct 03 2007 15:53:00

Eduardo Gonzalez, a petty officer second class with the U.S. Navy, is about to be deployed overseas for a third time. Making his deployment even tougher is the fact his wife may not be around when he comes back.

House inches toward constitutional showdown with contempt voteupdated: Wed Jul 25 2007 04:21:00

The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to cite two White House aides -- one current, one former -- for contempt of Congress, another step toward a constitutional showdown between the Democratic-controlled Congress and the Bush administration.

Snow: Citations 'pathetic'updated: Wed Jul 25 2007 04:21:00

Snow: Citations 'pathetic' Report: Deportation Killing Familiesupdated: Wed Jul 18 2007 14:25:00

An estimated 1.6 million children and spouses have been separated from family members forced to leave the country under toughened 1996 immigration laws

CNNMoney: NFL's ugly body blowsupdated: Fri Jun 22 2007 23:04:00

The National Football League is generally a flawless marketing powerhouse. But a bunch of broken-down, retired players are in the process of handing the NFL its biggest public relations loss in years.

Democrats: Deputy AG not being candid about firingsupdated: Thu Jun 21 2007 11:10:00

The departing deputy to embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales strongly defended himself and the Justice Department Thursday, but failed to satisfy skeptical Democrats investigating the firings of federal prosecutors.

White House officials subpoenaed in U.S. attorneys probeupdated: Wed Jun 13 2007 10:58:00

Subpoenas are being issued to two former White House officials, the first to be subpoenaed in the fired U.S. attorneys investigation. Goodling Denies Major Role in Firingsupdated: Thu May 24 2007 16:45:00

The Justice Department's former White House liaison denied Wednesday that she played a major role in the firings of U.S. attorneys last year and blamed Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty for misleading Congress

Justice aide who took the Fifth to testify in attorney firingsupdated: Tue May 22 2007 21:02:00

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' former White House liaison is scheduled to testify on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, speaking out for the first time on her role in the controversial U.S. attorney firings.

CNNMoney: Big Oil attacked over record gas pricesupdated: Wed May 16 2007 11:46:00

Big Oil went on the defensive Wednesday, getting grilled before a House panel and denying accusations that mismanagement and a lack of competition are the reasons behind this spring's record gasoline prices.

No. 2 official at Justice Department resigns updated: Mon May 14 2007 17:41:00

The No. 2 official at the Justice Department, Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty, submitted his resignation to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, the Justice Department announced Monday.

House committee subpoenas Gonzales documentsupdated: Tue Apr 10 2007 17:57:00

Stepping up pressure on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, the House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena Tuesday demanding additional Justice Department documents relating to the firing of eight U.S. attorneys.

Congress sent thousands of pages on U.S. attorneys updated: Mon Mar 19 2007 22:02:00

The Department of Justice Monday delivered to Congress more than 3,000 pages of e-mails and other documentation regarding the firings of eight U.S. attorneys last year.

House panel plans vote on White House subpoenasupdated: Fri Mar 16 2007 07:35:00

The House Judiciary Committee will vote on whether to subpoena current and former White House officials over the firings of federal prosecutors, the panel's chairman said Friday.

Report: Agency policies put air marshals at riskupdated: Fri May 19 2006 21:34:00

The Federal Air Marshal Service is jeopardizing the safety of rank-and-file officers with policies that could reveal the identities of the plainclothes marshals, congressional investigators said in a draft report obtained Friday by CNN.

Breaking ranksupdated: Tue Feb 14 2006 14:45:00

President Bush may wave away Democratic critics of domestic eavesdropping, but one challenger is proving harder to dismiss: Heather Wilson, a plainspoken Air Force veteran from New Mexico and four-term GOP Congresswoman little known outside of national-security circles. As chair of the House subcommittee that authorizes technical intelligence, she has waged a behind-the-scenes battle for access to information about the controversial surveillance program since word of it leaked in December. She won a significant victory last week. After she called for a full investigation of the spying, the White House ended 54 days of stonewalling and briefed the full House Intelligence Committee.

'Cheeseburger bill' puts bite on lawsuitsupdated: Thu Oct 20 2005 06:26:00

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would block lawsuits by people who blame fast-food chains for their obesity.

'Downing Street memo'updated: Thu Jun 16 2005 17:32:00

Nearly three years after it was written, the "Downing Street memo" on pre-war intelligence on Iraq is spotlighted in the U.S. Congress, with one man leading the charge.

'Fixed' facts?updated: Mon May 16 2005 17:12:00

A secret memo made public just before this month's elections in Britain, is leading to more pointed questions about the rationale for the Iraq war.

House, Senate agree on $82 billion war spending billupdated: Tue May 03 2005 18:56:00

House and Senate conferees have agreed to an $82 billion supplemental spending bill for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Eying your IDupdated: Tue May 03 2005 16:43:00

Among the aftershocks of September 11, 2001, the discovery that the hijackers had been able to move so freely within the United States, some with expired visas, some using American driver's licenses, has often nagged at lawmakers.

Inside the new spy billupdated: Mon Dec 13 2004 12:07:00

The 600-page Intelligence-Reform Bill that congress passed last week is the most sweeping overhaul of the U.S. spy community since World War II.

A burglary turns into a constitutional crisisupdated: Fri Jun 11 2004 15:22:00

Initially dismissed by the White House as a "third-rate burglary," the June 17, 1972, break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters mushroomed into a constitutional crisis that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

Dash, Watergate counsel, dead at 79updated: Sat May 29 2004 18:55:00

Sam Dash, former chief counsel for the Senate Watergate Committee whose probe led to the resignation of President Nixon, died Saturday. He was 79.

Republicans amplify criticism of 9/11 commissionupdated: Fri Apr 23 2004 15:28:00

With President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney set to appear in private before the 9/11 commission next week, Republicans are ramping up their criticism of the panel -- and Democratic member Jamie Gorelick in particular.

9/11 commissioner: 'I've received threats'updated: Sat Apr 17 2004 19:09:00

Jamie Gorelick, a member of the commission investigating the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, said Saturday that she received death threats this week after a number of conservatives alleged that her former work in the Justice Department may have contributed to failures leading to the attacks.

Fortune: Wanna Bet This Bill Is Really Strange?updated: Mon Jun 12 2000 00:01:00

If you need further proof that Congress works in weird ways, here it is. Lawmakers are now considering a bill called the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act of 1999. Common sense says that such legis...

Fortune: A test for bus drivers, a socially responsible ice cream, competing with the mob, and other matters. IT'S NOT NORMALupdated: Mon Jun 03 1991 00:01:00

Your servant has been writing about ''race norming'' for several years now but has frankly been surprised by the recent attention given this highly esoteric issue in our nation's capital. We have a...

Fortune: IMPORTING WORKERSupdated: Mon Sep 10 1990 00:01:00

The House Judiciary Committee recently approved an immigration reform bill that would make it easier for U.S. businesses to hire foreign workers. For labor-short employers, that would be welcome ne...

Fortune: CLIPPING WINGS Secretary Dole may nix some proposed airline mergers.updated: Mon May 26 1986 00:01:00

THE U.S. Department of Transportation is about to become a big player in antitrust policy. Last year the department assumed responsibility for + approving airline mergers when the Civil Aeronautics...

Fortune: ANTITRUST REFORM: DOA Reagan's plan rankles business lobbies, consumer groups, and Congressman Rodino.updated: Mon Mar 31 1986 00:01:00

MOST BUSINESS lobbyists cheered the idea of sweeping antitrust reform when President Reagan put forth his proposals on the subject in late February. But few of them were popping champagne corks onc...

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