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FILE - Senate Judiciary Oversight Committee Chair Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., speaks during a hearing June 13, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Durbin says it's time for Supreme Court justices to bring their conduct in line with the standards of other branches of government. Durbin was responding Tuesday, July 11, to Associated Press investigative stories. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
Jul 12, 2023

Senators call for Supreme Court to follow ethics code like other branches of government

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, responding to Associated Press investigative stories on the Supreme Court, said Tuesday it was time for the justices to bring their conduct in line with the ethical standards of other branches of government. “If they just establish the basic standards of every other branch of government, it would […]

Jul 11, 2023

Biden administration asks appeals court to block order limiting its contacts with social media

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Biden administration asked a federal appeals court Monday to temporarily block a lower court’s order limiting executive branch officials’ discussions with social media companies about controversial online posts. The request for an emergency stay was filed at the 5th U.S. District Court of Appeals shortly after U.S. District Judge Terry […]

Dec 17, 2021

Substantial child care subsidies included in Build Back Better Act

Working families will be eligible for significant savings on child care costs should Congress pass the current version of the Build Back Better Act. The bill — already passed by the House of Representatives — will expand federal cost assistance through Child Care Development Block Grants, and could erase $10,000 in costs to families earning […]

Jul 12, 2019

Mueller offers to delay testimony one week to give lawmakers more time for questions

WASHINGTON — Former special counsel Robert Mueller is offering to postpone his congressional testimony by one week to give lawmakers more time to question him about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump. Mueller is scheduled to appear before the House Judiciary and Intelligence […]

Nov 22, 2017

AT&T suit may herald a new antitrust era – or Trumpian pique

NEW YORK — The Trump administration’s decision to oppose the $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger may be clouded by suspicions of political influence. But considered on its merits, it could mark a significant departure in antitrust policy, one that might block or modify a broader set of mergers found to harm consumers. The move disconcerted […]

Jul 19, 2017

Justices allow strict enforcement of Trump refugee ban

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says the Trump administration can strictly enforce its ban on refugees, but at the same time is leaving in place a weakened travel ban that includes grandparents among relatives who can help visitors from six mostly Muslim countries get into the U.S. The justices acted Wednesday on the administration’s appeal […]

Jun 21, 2017

Attorney General Sessions retains a personal attorney

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has been under fire in recent months for his contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential race, has retained the services of Washington lawyer Charles Cooper, a longtime friend. Cooper was seen sitting behind Sessions when he testified last week before the Senate Intelligence Committee about President Donald Trump […]

May 4, 2017

Trump signs order aimed at allowing churches to engage in more political activity

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Thursday said he would direct the Internal Revenue Service to relax enforcement of rules barring tax-exempt churches from participating in politics as part of a much-anticipated executive order on religious liberties. The order – which Trump formally unveiled in a Rose Garden ceremony with Christian leaders – also offers […]

May 2, 2017

U.S. attorney who fought violent crime, corruption in Md. goes to Justice Dept.

BALTIMORE – Rod J. Rosenstein had dedicated most of his career to prosecuting fraud, corruption and other white-collar crimes before he was tapped to lead the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland in 2005. “It was a challenging time for the office,” Rosenstein recalled. “Violent crime was at near-record levels in Baltimore City and had been […]

Jan 14, 2016

Fewer than 100 prisoners left at Gitmo

MIAMI — Ten prisoners from Yemen who were held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba have been released and sent to the Middle Eastern nation of Oman for resettlement, officials said Thursday, portraying it as a significant milestone in the long-stalled effort to shutter the offshore detention center. The release, among the largest on a single day […]

Jan 14, 2016

Eastman House, UR win NEA funding

The George Eastman House and the University of Rochester will each receive $30,000 as part of $712,500 in federal funding for the arts in New York state. U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the funding Wednesday. It comes from the National Endowment for the Arts and will allow organizations to support residencies for […]

Jan 13, 2016

Treasury to track some real estate deals in NY, Miami

WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department will begin tracking sales of high-end real estate in two of the country’s most expensive markets — Miami and Manhattan — to try to crack down on money laundering. The department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network said Wednesday that it will temporarily require certain title companies to identify individuals behind companies […]

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