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Latest Judiciary Committee Items
On a straight party-line vote, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill Tuesday dramatically expanding background checks to cover nearly every gun purchase.
The Obama administration's decision to release some immigrants awaiting deportation back into the community has spawned a furious backlash from Congress, where stunned lawmakers have besieged the Homeland Security Department with questions.
Several days before the November elections, Sen. Dianne Feinstein asked agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to meet with her lawyers to prepare for the renewal of the Clinton-era gun ban, early in President Obama's second term.
Amid deep party-line divisions, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved Congress' first post-Newtown gun control bill — a proposal to crack down on gun trafficking and straw purchases meant to circumvent the law — but the panel pushed the toughest work off until next week.
Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, gave signs on Tuesday of supporting at least two of Democrats' gun-control bills that are set for panel debate this week.
Senate Republicans on Wednesday delivered another blow to President Obama's ability to fill high-level federal judicial openings, using a filibuster to block Caitlin Halligan's nomination for a seat on the influential D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
After years in the shadows, the administration's secret drone program burst into very public view Wednesday with lawmakers grilling the attorney general over legal justification for targeted killings and Sen. Rand Paul launching an old-style one-man filibuster to demand answers from President Obama.
Maryland is on the fast track to abolishing its death penalty, after the state Senate passed a measure Wednesday that would make it the 18th state to outlaw capital punishment.
Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned to the scene of the horrific shooting that wounded her and killed six people two years ago, urging senators Wednesday to pass background checks for gun purchases in her first public event at the site since the rampage.