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Senators Want to Prosecute Russians for War Crimes in Ukraine
U.S. Senate
Senators Want to Prosecute Russians for War Crimes in Ukraine
2022-09-28 19:44:15
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — A Senate panel raised the possibility Wednesday of extending U.S. jurisdiction against Russian military personnel to hold them personally accountable for war crimes in Ukraine. Current federal law allows the Justice Department to prosecute war criminals only if... Read More

Congress
Senate Hearing on Judicial Code of Ethics Overshadowed by Supreme Court Leak
2022-05-03 23:13:54
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — A Senate hearing Tuesday started as a discussion of a proposed new code of conduct for the U.S. Supreme Court but quickly turned to outrage over a leaked draft copy of a ruling that would overturn most abortion... Read More

Supreme Court
Senate Poised to Confirm Jackson to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is expected to confirm Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson on Thursday, securing her place as the first Black woman on the high court and giving President Joe Biden a bipartisan endorsement for his historic pick. Three... Read More

Law Enforcement
Senators Demand Explanation About FBI Investigation Lapses
2022-03-30 20:30:09
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — High-ranking members of the Senate are calling on the FBI to explain what appear to be a series of blunders in the agency’s recent investigations of political officials and organizations. A newly revealed internal audit from 2019 said... Read More

Supreme Court
Democratic Senators Support Biden in Quest for Supreme Court Nominee
2022-02-11 21:44:18
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is signaling he plans to push ahead with his nomination this month of the first Black woman to the U.S. Supreme Court even as a survey released Friday shows most Americans do not share his... Read More

Military
Authority for US Drone Strikes Questioned by Military Critics
2022-02-09 21:02:37
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — America’s forever war in the Middle East officially ended last year but not the risk of terrorist attacks that prompted the U.S. military to strike back with drones, according to witnesses at a Senate hearing Wednesday. Now the... Read More

U.S. Senate
Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Field Hearing On Reducing Gun Trafficking And Violence
2021-12-15 15:46:02
by Alexa Hornbeck

CHICAGO — On Monday the Senate Judiciary Committee held a field hearing in Chicago on reducing violence in the city where homicide rates have increased more than 4% in the last year. “At least 12 major cities have set homicide... Read More

U.S. Senate
Senate Judiciary Committee Scrutinizes Abusive Conservatorships
2021-10-05 14:47:27
by Alexa Hornbeck

Nicholas Clouse, a 28-year-old from Huntington, Indiana, suffered a traumatic brain injury from an automobile accident in 2011, that led to his parents obtaining full guardianship over him.  “On the rationale that someone might take advantage of me if I... Read More

Courts
Cameras in Courts Proposal Wins Early Support in Senate
2021-06-25 13:54:57
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee approved bills Thursday to put video cameras in federal courts in a move that ups the chances more of the proceedings will reach household televisions soon. If the proposed legislation wins as expected in a... Read More

In The News
Senate Vote for Gun Violence Reform is Complicated by Filibuster
2021-03-23 19:38:52
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON-  The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing Tuesday on common sense gun prevention after two mass shootings occurred in Atlanta and Boulder this past week.  Chairman Dick Durbin, D-Ill., started the hearing with a moment of silence and a... Read More

Law Enforcement
FBI Chief to Face Questions About Extremism, Capitol Riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Chris Wray is set to testify for the first time since the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, with lawmakers likely to press him on whether the bureau adequately communicated with other law... Read More

Garland to Focus on Civil Rights, Political Independence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden's nominee for attorney general, will appear for his confirmation hearing vowing to prioritize civil rights, combat extremist attacks and ensure the Justice Department remains politically independent.Garland, a federal appeals court judge who... Read More

U.S. Senate
Feinstein Won't Seek Top Democrat Spot on Judiciary Committee
2020-11-24 14:22:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Monday she will step down as the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee when the 117th Congress convenes in January, apparently bowing to critics who believe she wasn't aggressive enough in her handling... Read More

Social Media
Senators Threaten Regulatory Crackdown on Facebook and Twitter Content Policies
2020-11-18 15:19:43
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - A Senate committee left little doubt Tuesday that changes are coming to social media giants Facebook and Twitter for their policies on controlling content posted on their websites. Democrats and Republicans at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing accused... Read More

Senate Watch
NC Senate: Thom Tillis (R)
2020-10-28 13:12:16
by Sara Wilkerson

About Tillis:  Thomas “Thom” Tillis is a member of the U.S. Senate representing North Carolina.  His current term ends on January 3, 2021. Tillis is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate against Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham.  Originally born in... Read More

Senate Watch
SC Senate: Lindsey Graham (R)
2020-10-28 12:53:28
by TWN Staff

About Graham:  Lindsey Graham was raised in Central, S.C., where he lived with his family in a single room behind the liquor store, restaurant, and pool hall owned by his parents. After law school, Graham joined the U.S. Air Force... Read More

Senate Watch
TX Senate: John Cornyn (R)
2020-10-28 12:50:40
by TWN Staff

About Cornyn:  John Cornyn was born in Houston, Texas, in 1952 and grew up in San Antonio, the second of three children. Cornyn graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, with a degree in journalism in 1973. Later in... Read More

Supreme Court
Senate Committee Advances Barrett Nomination Over Dem Boycott
2020-10-22 15:10:09
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday approved the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, nearly guaranteeing she will be confirmed by a vote of the full Republican-controlled Senate. “How could anybody in their right... Read More

Supreme Court
Judiciary Panel Advances Barrett Nomination Over Dem Boycott
2020-10-22 14:40:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The GOP-led Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to advance the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the full Senate, despite a Democratic boycott on the hearing. The 12-0 vote by the committee virtually assures... Read More

U.S. Senate
Supreme Court Vote Tears at Judiciary Committee Relationships

WASHINGTON — The Senate's escalating partisan tug-of-war over judicial confirmations has frayed relationships in the chamber for decades, but Thursday's committee vote on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett threatens to sever the rope. The vote is expected to unfold as it did for previous judicial nominees... Read More

Supreme Court
Senate Sets Date for Vote on Confirmation of Barrett to Supreme Court
2020-10-15 18:32:32
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote October 22 on whether to confirm Amy Coney Barrett as a member of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Senate Judiciary Committee set the date Thursday on the fourth day of contentious... Read More

Supreme Court
Republicans and Democrats Deeply Divided On Supreme Court Nomination of Barrett
2020-10-13 12:29:06
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee predicted the outcome of confirmation hearings to the U.S. Supreme Court of Amy Coney Barrett shortly after the first session started Monday morning. “All the Republicans will vote yes, all... Read More

Supreme Court
The Looming Supreme Court Confirmation Battle, Explained
2020-10-05 13:51:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - "What you're about to witness will be a kind of a Kabuki theatre," Ron Bonjean said the other day. The communications Sherpa during Justice Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, he was reflecting on that experience... Read More

U.S. Senate
Graham Plans to Invite Mueller to Testify on Russian Probe

Sen. Lindsey Graham is preparing to invite former Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a Senate panel about the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to a spokesperson for the panel’s Republican majority. Graham of South... Read More

Political News
Senate Committee Plans to Subpoena Investigators from Mueller Report
2020-06-11 21:19:35
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - A Senate committee voted Thursday to reopen the investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 election with plans to question the investigators. The Republican-led move responds to allegations by President Trump that his top officials were targeted for... Read More

In The News
Senate Told That Fraudsters Prey on Pandemic Victims
2020-06-10 17:47:03
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Federal law enforcement officials pledged a vigorous crackdown Tuesday during a Senate hearing on fraudsters who are trying to make easy money off vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic. They accused con artists of selling fake vaccines and... Read More

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