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Billings, iconic Vt. politician and judge, dies
Franklin Billings Jr., an iconic political and judicial leader and the son of a former Vermont governor, died Sunday at the Woodstock home where he was born.
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Fri Mar 07, 2014
The Heritage Foundation
First Filibusters, Now Blue Slips: A New Fight over Judicial Nominations
Senate Democrats triggered the " nuclear option " to effectively eliminate the filibuster for executive and judicial nominations last year.
Time Warner Cable Deal Sets Comcast's D.C. Lobbying Machine in Motion
About 700 guests, including congressional aides and administration officials, drank chilled vodka, made s'mores over indoor fire pits, and had their photos taken with former Olympic athletes.
Thu Mar 06, 2014
Law professor: Claire McCaskill's legislation has potential to be...
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill's patent troll bill, introduced last week, could be even more devastating to the country's patent system than those measures already introduced, one law professor says.
The Huffington Post
Obama Administration Won't Delay Food Stamp Cuts, But States Can
President Barack Obama, surrounded by members of Congress, signs the farm bill, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich.
The Dalai Lama laughs during a meeting on Capitol Hill.
The Dalai Lama led the U.S. Senate in its opening prayer on Thursday, offering a favorite that he says gives him "inner strength."
Wed Mar 05, 2014
Kayak Counsel Calls Patent Trolls 'Today's Mafia'
The debate over patent lawsuit reform reached a fever pitch in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, with Kayak Software Corp. deputy general counsel Benjamin Berman singling out patent-holding company Intellectual Ventures Management LLC as a problem that Congress needs to fix.
The Huffington Post
CIA Investigates Whether Officers Spied On Senate
The CIA is investigating whether its officers improperly monitored members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which oversees the intelligence agency, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
Senate blocks Obama's DOJ nominee
Several Senate Democrats rebelled Wednesday to join Republicans in blocking President Barack Obama's controversial pick to lead the Justice Department's civil rights division.
On Sentencing Reform, Are Libertarian-Leaning Republicans Joining...
New York Times describes an "unlikely" alliance between Attorney General Eric Holder and libertarian-leaning Republicans that "may make politically possible the most significant liberalization of sentencing laws since President Richard M. Nixon declared war on drugs."
Patent pols: Reform will advance
Two lawmakers immersed in patent reform efforts suggested Wednesday that the president could see a bill on his desk in coming months.
Tue Mar 04, 2014
He most recently worked as the White House deputy assistant to the president for legislative affairs, but also served in the office of Sen. Patrick Leahy for almost 20 years, most recently as his chief of staff.
Akin Gump hires former Obama liaison
K Street titan Akin Gump hired former White House liaison to the Senate, Ed Pagano, as a partner in its public law and policy practice, the firm announced Tuesday.
Mon Mar 03, 2014
US News & World Report
Senate, Retailers Push Data-Theft Law
Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., introduced one of two Senate bill aimed at alleviating data theft in response to a recent breach of customer data at Target.
Congress tweets pretty pics amid snowstormCongress tweets pretty pics ...
Congress took a snow day on Monday as moderate to heavy white stuff fell on the nation's capital, Virginia, Maryland and other states along the Eastern Seaboard.
Sun Mar 02, 2014
Voting Rights Act changes would keep Arizona free of federal 'pre-clearance'
The rewrite of the Voting Rights Act currently being debated in Congress would free Arizona from nearly 50 years of strict federal oversight to changes in its voting laws.
An end to warrantless email searches?
Privacy advocates had grown frustrated in recent months as Senate legislation that would curtail the email powers of law enforcement was thrown off track amid revelations about National Security Agency surveillance.
Sat Mar 01, 2014
It was an event almost as rare as the sighting of the ivory-billed woodpecker, but a few weeks ago a conservative Republican and liberal Democrats stood side by side in the nation's Capitol and proposed protections to make sure that elections in this country are as free and fair as possible.
Fri Feb 28, 2014
Rutland's Heroine Epidemic Makes NY Times Front Page
Rutland made national headlines Friday, and the article was not singing its praises.
Top federal drug policy official to visit Vt.
A top White House drug policy official will visit Vermont next week to talk about innovative ways to beat opiate addiction as the state's fight against heroin continues to draw national attention.