United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary

The U.S. Capitol building at dusk in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

At 11th hour, Congress debates plastic gun ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is racing toward renewing a 25-year-old prohibition against firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines, just days before the ban expires. But with 3-D printers increasingly able to produce […]

12/03/2013

With a chart listing thwarted acts of terrorism, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., left, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., right, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Government braces for coming changes to NSA powers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s national security team argued Wednesday to keep its sweeping domestic surveillance powers intact, even as it acknowledged some limitations appear inevitable. Facing unexpectedly harsh opposition from both parties over […]

07/31/2013

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Analysis sees Senate bill curbing illegal entries

WASHINGTON (AP) – Comprehensive immigration legislation passed by the Senate would reduce illegal immigration into the U.S. by one-third to one-half beyond what would happen under existing law, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday. That’s […]

07/03/2013

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller (AP Photo)

Mueller: FBI uses drones for surveillance

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI uses drones for surveillance of stationary subjects, and the privacy implications of such operations are “worthy of debate,” FBI Director Robert Mueller said Wednesday. He said the law enforcement […]

06/19/2013

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Senators tackle student visas in immigration bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators weighing amendments to a sweeping immigration bill have agreed to boost security provisions around student visas. Lawmakers said they were taking the step in response to the Boston Marathon bombings. A […]

05/14/2013

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Study: Immigration bill would help Social Security

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan immigration bill pending in the Senate would strengthen the Social Security trust fund by adding millions of workers to tax rolls, and provide a boost to the overall economy, according […]

05/09/2013

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Drones will require new privacy laws, Senate told

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legal experts say privacy laws urgently need to be updated to protect citizens from information-gathering by the thousands of civilian drones expected to be flying in U.S. skies in the next decade or so.

03/20/2013

Neil Heslin

Father of Newtown victim: Ban assault weapons

WASHINGTON (AP) — After weeks of arguing constitutional fine points and citing rival statistics, senators wrangling over gun control saw and heard the anguish of a bereft father. “I’m not here for the sympathy or the pat on the back,” he said, weeping openly.

02/27/2013

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NRA changes stance on background checks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The country’s most powerful gun rights lobbying group has reversed its decade-old stance on requiring instant background checks for people buying guns at gun shows.

02/04/2013

Don Lemon

CNN’s Don Lemon talks about gun control

Yesterday we heard a dramatic appeal from former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords as she urged Congress to enact tougher gun control legislation. Listen to this interview with CNN’s Don Lemon.

01/31/2013

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