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  • US Circuit Judge Nomination Hearing
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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 the Justice…

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  • Stand Your Ground Laws Panel 2
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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, Florida, testified about…

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  • Stand Your Ground Laws Panel 1
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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 type of “Stand Your…

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  • Intelligence Officials Testify on Government Surveillance
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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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  • Proposed Bill Deals with Spying on US Citizens
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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 programs. Senior Obama…

    484 views
  • Senate Judiciary Holds Hearing on Cost of Repeat Offenders
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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…

    1,269 views
  • Bork Nomination Day 11 Part 2
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    Bork Nomination Day 11, Part 2

    Former Attorney General Elliot Richardson testified in support of Robert Bork’s Supreme Court confirmation. In October 1973 Richardson resigned rather than carry out President Nixon’s order to fire special…

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  • Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
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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 programs. James Clapper…

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  • State and Federal Marijuana Laws
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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 James…

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  • Senators Hear About the Courts  Sequestration
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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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  • Senators Debate Closure of Guantanamo Bay Prison
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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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  • Senate Investigates American and US Airways Merger
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    American-US Airways Merger

    Executives of American Airlines and U.S. Airways as well as anti-trust and consumer advocates testified on the proposed merger between the two airlines. Chair Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and…

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  • Senate Judiciary Reviews NSA Data Collection Program
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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 gather…

    694 views
  • Senate Judiciary Holds ATF Nominee Hearing
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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 Explosives. Stuart…

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  • Senate Judiciary Looks at AntiTrust Laws  Generic Drug Delays  Part 1
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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 subject to anti-trust…

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  • Senate Judiciary Cmte Hearing on Voting Rights Act
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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 were members of…

    539 views
  • Cmte Hears from FBI Director Nominee James Comey
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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) surveillance…

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  • FBI Chief Defends Agency Practices in Senate Hearing
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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 testimony he…

    812 views
  • Immigration Legislation Markup Day 5  Morning Session
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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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  • Senate Committee Examines the Legality of US Drone Strikes
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    Targeted Killing of Terrorist Suspects Overseas

    Military and policy experts testified on the the constitutional and statutory authority for targeted killings with aerial drones of American terrorist suspects overseas. In his opening…

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