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    Oversight of Surveillance Agencies

    Leaders from the National Security Agency (NSA), FBI, and the Justice Department testified at an oversight hearing of government surveillance entities. Among the topics they addressed…

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    U.S. Circuit Judge Nomination Hearing

    The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the nomination of David Barron for U.S. Circuit Court judge. David Barron was at the time a Harvard Law School Professor. He worked in…

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    Government Surveillance Oversight

    Witnesses testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the continued oversight of U.S. government surveillance authorities.

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    Surveillance Transparency Act

    Witnesses testified on legislation, the Surveillance Transparency Act of 2013, that would increase openness to the public of National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance…

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    Federal Prisons and Sentencing

    The director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons testified on ways to reduce prison system costs incurred by repeat offenders. The second panel included state officials and experts on the…

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    Stand Your Ground Laws, Panel 1

    Representatives Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL). and Louie Gohmert (R-TX) testified on “stand your ground” self-protection laws. At the time 30 states had some…

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    Stand Your Ground Laws, Panel 2

    Academics were joined by Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, who was killed in Sanford, Florida, and by Lucia McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, who was killed in Jacksonville,…

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    Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

    National security and intelligence officials as well as legal scholars testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the National Security Agency’s surveillance…

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    State and Federal Marijuana Laws

    Witnesses testified about conflicts between state and federal law regarding the use, sale and distribution of marijuana, particularly for medicinal purposes. Deputy Attorney General…

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    Federal Courts and Sequestration Budget Cuts

    Witnesses testified to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Bankruptcy about the impact of sequestration budget cuts to the justice system.

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    Government Surveillance Programs and Privacy

    Deputy heads from the FBI, National Security Agency, (NSA) and Justice Department testified on the Obama administration’s use of the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to…

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    Guantanamo Bay Prison Facility Closing

    Witnesses testified on the implications of closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.*Among the issues they addressed were hunger strikes by several detainees and the force-feeding…

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    Patent Settlements for Generic Drugs

    Witnesses testified on drug company “pay-for-delay” deals, a ploy by to keep generic alternatives off the market. The Supreme Court recently ruled that these deals are…

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    Voting Rights Act

    Witnesses testified on the implications of the Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which overturned a key provision of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). Two of the five witnesses…

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    FBI Director Nomination Hearing

    James Comey testified about his nomination to become the director of the FBI.*Among the issues he addressed were the use of water-boarding in interrogations, National Security Agency (NSA)…

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    Federal Bureau of Investigation Operations and NSA Surveillance Programs

    FBI Director Robert Mueller testified at an oversight hearing of the Federal Bureau of Investigation which focused on National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs. In his…

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    Justice Department Nominations

    The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the nomination of Minnesota’s U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and…

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    Immigration Legislation Markup, Day 5, Part 2

    Senate Judiciary Committee Members met for the fifth day of markup on the immigration reform bill, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act.

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    Immigration Legislation Markup, Day 5, Part 1

    Senate Judiciary Committee Members met for the fifth day of markup on the immigration reform bill, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act.

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    Immigration Legislation Markup, Day 5, Part 3

    Senate Judiciary Committee Members met for the fifth day of markup on the immigration reform bill, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act. This…

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