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What senators asked Ketanji Brown Jackson on the third day of U.S. Supreme Court hearings

Members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee picked up Wednesday morning where they left off Tuesday evening in questioning Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson about her judicial philosophy, sentencing practices and personal background. ... Read more»

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Ketanji Brown Jackson vows to decide U.S. Supreme Court cases from a 'neutral posture'

Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson began her four-day confirmation process to become the nation's first Black female associate justice on Monday, listening to hours of opening statements from Senate Judiciary Committee members before giving her own.... Read more»

Welfare is no substitute for a child tax credit

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program - touted by members of Congress as a highly effective cash assistance program for low-income parents and kids - is a program distinguished by failure and no substitute for a monthly federal stipend for families with children.... Read more»

Biden cites 40-day timeline for Supreme Court confirmation

The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dick Durbin, and the panel's top Republican, Chuck Grassley, met with the president Tuesday afternoon to discuss a 40-day confirmation timeline for a new Supreme Court pick.... Read more»

Biden vows to nominate first Black woman to Supreme Court by end of February

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer formally announced his retirement Thursday - and President Biden said he will make his decision by the end of February - recommitted to nominating the first Black female justice, fulfilling a promise he made repeatedly while campaigning.... Read more»

Flake threat to block judicial nominees scuttled by delayed vote

Less than a day after Sen. Jeff Flake vowed to use whatever remaining leverage he has to push a bill protecting the Mueller investigation, he saw that leverage pulled away from him Thursday, at least for now.... Read more»

Frustrated senators urge DHS to fill ‘gaping holes’ on visa overstays

Current data on visa overstayers in the U.S. have “gaping holes” that need to be filled, frustrated lawmakers told Department of Homeland Security officials at a Senate hearing Wednesday.... Read more»

Trump’s immigration pick attacked Obama programs in ghost-written Senate letters

If letters written by Lee Francis Cissna, the president’s nominee to head U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, are any guide, he’s poised to dismantle Obama-era policies like a humanitarian program for Central American children. ... Read more»

Phoenix immigration attorney leads campaign for Mexico to boycott U.S. corn

A Phoenix immigration attorney is leading an international campaign for Mexico to boycott the importation of corn from the U.S.... Read more»

Sunshine Week commentary

An inconvenient truth: Open government requires transparency

Withholding information, or even appearing to keep the public at arm’s length, creates a breach of trust between the American people and our institutions of government. Journalists, good government watchdogs, private citizens and even members of Congress often butt up against a byzantine bureaucracy that makes it tough to track down answers.... Read more»

Surveilling a lover with the push of a button

On a dozen occasions over the past decade, National Security Agency employees misused their incredible eavesdropping powers for the most trivial of personal reasons: They snooped on girlfriends, husbands, wives or others of personal interest, actions that later provoked discipline or retirements but no criminal penalties.... Read more»

Senators challenge Napolitano on border-security metrics in reform bill

Skeptical senators Tuesday challenged Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on how her department plans to provide a “meaningful” border-security figure, which is the key to a route to citizenship for immigrants here illegally.... Read more»

Giffords returns to Safeway shooting site, calls for gun checks

Gabby Giffords continued her call for tighter gun controls Wednesday in Tucson, returning to a Northwest Side grocery store to stand on the spot where she was shot a little over two years ago to hold a news conference. "Be bold. Be courageous. Please support background checks," Giffords said. (with full video)... Read more»3

Ten Az sheriffs call for probe of Fast and Furious

Ten Arizona sheriffs demanded on Friday that a special counsel be appointed to investigate the roles of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and other top administration officials in a gunrunning probe that allowed weapons to find their way into criminals’ hands. (with video)... Read more»

More 'Fast & Furious' guns turn up in Mexico

The ATF is under the gun yet again. Mexican police recently conducted a raid in Ciudad Juarez, a hotspot for the drug trade, and they swept up a cache of weapons. Among that cache? At least five assault rifles linked to a secretive anti-smuggling operation.... Read more»

Facts vs. Fiction: Conservative claims about small business taxes are bogus

The Bechtel Corporation. PriceWaterhouseCooper. The Tribune Company. These are not the sort of companies that immediately jump to mind when one hears the phrase “small business.” But if conservatives in Congress have their way, the owners of these behemoths of U.S. business are going to receive a tax cut next year—under the guise of tax relief for small businesses.... Read more»

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