Kirstjen Nielsen says she does not know if Norwegians are mostly…

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said she imagines most Norwegians are white, but did not know for sure, when questioned by a Democratic senator Tuesday morning. Nielsen was testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee when she was asked by Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy if most people in Norway are white.

Laws regarding data hacks, companies remain murky

Data hacks are happening at an alarming rate to some of the world's largest companies, but consumers whose personal information is being stolen are struggling to hold those companies accountable. The problem, legal analysts say, is victims have a rough time connecting any one hack to a problem with their own credit or finances - without that direct link, judges have been tossing efforts to get companies to do more than provide credit monitoring.

Sen. Patrick Leahy regrets calling for Franken’s resignation

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Sen. Patrick Leahy says he regrets calling for Sen. Al Franken to resign instead of waiting for an ethics investigation. The Burlington Free Press reports the Vermont Democrat released a statement Monday, saying he has "stood for due process" throughout his career, and that he regrets "not doing that this time."

Pentagon tried to block independent report on child sex among Afghan forces, Senate office says

The Pentagon tried to block an independent assessment of child sex abuse crimes committed by Afghan soldiers and police, instead insisting on the creation of its own report offering a far less authoritative review of human rights violations perpetrated by U.S. allies, according to an aide to Sen. Patrick Leahy . Although the report released Nov. 16 by the Defense Department Inspector General's office reached the grim conclusion that, for years, U.S. personnel have been inadequately trained to report such crimes, a parallel investigation by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction is thought to contain a much more detailed accounting of the problem's severity.

In Abrupt About-Face, Senator Grassley Has Decided to Undermine the…

November 17, 2017, Washington, DC - The National Council of Jewish Women today expressed disgust at Senator Charles Grassley's decision to disregard the blue slip process that has been in place for a century. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement: "Yesterday, Senator Grassley decided to disregard a practice he has insisted upon for years: the blue slip.

Grassley alters Senate policy for 2 judicial nominees

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said Thursday he's going ahead with confirmation hearings for two appellate court nominees, Davis Straus of Minnesota and Kyle Duncan of Louisiana, even though they have not received the support of both of their home-state senators. In each case, a senator declined to return a so-called blue slip marking their support for the judicial nominee from their state.

Blumenthal, Leahy reveal consumer data security bill

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal in October 2017 in Washington, D.C. On Wednesday, Nov. 15, Blumenthal announced alongside U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy and four other senators a proposed Consumer Privacy Protection Act that among other aims would penalize companies if they do not notify consumers promptly of breaches in their payment card systems and other databases storing sensitive information.

Trump Court Pick Says He Was Joking When He Compared Gay Marriage To Marrying Bacon

One of President Donald Trump 's judicial nominees, Don Willett, said Wednesday he was just kidding that time he compared gay people's constitutional right to marriage with a right to marry bacon. Willett, nominated for a lifetime seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, told the Senate Judiciary Committee he wasn't mocking same-sex marriage when he tweeted in April 2015 that he "could support recognizing a constitutional right to marry bacon" - a day after the Supreme Court heard arguments in the landmark marriage equality case.

Judge Grilled Over Past Tweets At Judicial Confirmation Hearing

Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett, one of President Donald Trump's nominees to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, appeared Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where Senate Democrats grilled him over statements made on his popular Twitter feed. Willett appeared with James Ho of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, another nominee to the 5th Circuit, the New Orleans-based federal appeals court.

UN pressure on Sri Lanka over torture, rape allegations

Sri Lanka's government is facing increasing pressure to answer for alleged human rights violations following an Associated Press investigation that found more than 50 men who said they were raped, branded or tortured as recently as this year. The men's anguished descriptions of their abuses came eight years after Sri Lanka's civil war ended and days ahead of a review of the Indian Ocean nation by the UN's top human rights body.

Pressure On Sessions Rises As Democrats Call For Him To Clarify Testimony On Russia

Senate Democrats have called on Jeff Sessions to clarify just how much he knew about attempts by the Russian government to influence the 2016 presidential election, following revelations that the attorney general was previously in a meeting with former Trump campaign aide-turned special counsel cooperator George Papadopoulos. Sen. Al Franken demanded that Sessions clarify his past statements and Sen. Patrick Leahy has asked the attorney general to once again appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee following the indictments this week of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his longtime associate Rick Gates as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Jeff Sessions ‘must return’ before Senate Judiciary Committee to…

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., demanded Attorney General Jeff Sessions "must return" before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify under oath after a new report disputed Sessions' prior testimony in which he denied knowing about former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos' proposed meeting with the Russians. Responding to documents unsealed this week which show that Sessions was apparently aware of the proposed March 2016 meeting and actively tried to shut it down, Leahy wrote in a statement that Sessions "needs to come back before the Senate Judiciary Committee."

Senate presses ahead on $36.5b disaster relief package

A senior Senate Democrat said there's no time to waste as the Senate pressed ahead Monday on a $36.5 billion hurricane relief package that would give Puerto Rico a much-needed infusion of cash. The measure also would replenish rapidly dwindling emergency disaster accounts and provide $16 billion to permit the financially troubled federal flood insurance program to pay an influx of Harvey-related claims.

Senate presses ahead on $36.5B disaster relief package

A senior Senate Democrat said there's no time to waste as the Senate pressed ahead Monday on a $36.5 billion hurricane relief package that would give Puerto Rico a much-needed infusion of cash. The measure also would replenish rapidly dwindling emergency disaster accounts and provide $16 billion to permit the financially troubled federal flood insurance program to pay an influx of Harvey-related claims.

McConnell promises to speed pace on judicial nominees

The Senate's top Republican, facing increasing pressure from conservative groups, is seeking to upend a longstanding Senate tradition in order to speed the confirmation pace on a backlog of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees. Conservative activists such as the Judicial Crisis Network have been increasingly frustrated with the slow pace on judicial nominees.

American Intellectual Property Law Association 2017 Annual Meeting to Draw Thousands

Intellectual Property practitioners from across the world will join together with their peers in the creative and legal communities at the American Intellectual Property Law Association's 2017 Annual Meeting. AIPLA's Annual Meeting, which gathers thought-leaders from all areas of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law, expects hundreds of attendees to descend upon Washington, DC this fall.

Foreign Policy Ignoramus Bernie Sanders Wants to Shrink US Aid to Israel

In The Intercept's September 22 interview with Vermont's Independent Senator Bernie Sanders, the man they call "the most popular politician in the United States by a country mile," he appears to confirm the broad criticism of his grasp on foreign policy, namely that he suffers from a foreign policy deficit. As Senator Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont, put it: "It's not the subject he gravitates to, that's fair to say."

Man falls to his death while installing hurricane shutters ahead of Irma

Obviously Hurricane Irma continues to be a threat that is going to devastate the Unite... -- A number of hurricanes are churning in the Atlantic currently, including Hurricanes Irma and Jose.Irma weakened from a Category 5 to a still-frightening Category... Senators Thad Cochran and Patrick Leahy , along with Representatives Jeff Fortenberry and Marcia Fudge , this week introduced the bipartisan Farm to ... Here's a rundown of the high school gridiron action for tonight.

Vermont delegation calling bluff on Trump’s budget threat

All three members of Vermont 's congressional delegation are opposed to President Donald Trump's suggestion he will shut down the federal government if Congress does not include money to construct a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations committee, calls the suggestion "juvenile," saying it would cost billions of dollars every day to shut down the government.

Leahy, Scott to announce development projects in NEK

Sen. Patrick Leahy and Republican Gov. Phil Scott plan to announce $2.25 million in development grants through the Northern Border Regional Commission. The Trump Administration has proposed eliminating the commission, but the proposed 2018 federal budget includes a 50-percent increase for the program.

Democrats voice frustration over US approach in Honduras

A group of Senate Democrats voiced frustration on Monday over the Trump administration efforts to address corruption and violence in Honduras, urging Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to link continued U.S. aid to the country with improvements in human rights. In a letter to Tillerson, the lawmakers warned that the situation in Honduras remains grave despite U.S.-backed programs to strengthen and professionalize key government institutions, such as law enforcement and the judiciary.

Democrats voice frustration over US approach in Honduras

The 12 lawmakers say in a letter sent Monday to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that the situation in Honduras remains grave. Yet they told Tillerson the department hasn't responded to their recommendations for requiring Honduras to end human rights abuses in order to continue receiving U.S. foreign aid and investment.

Lewd, Rude, Crude? The White House Has Heard it All

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, when asked Thursday about the friction playing out in the public eye between White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, said conflict between White House staff is the result of "healthy competition." Sanders' comment came hours before the New Yorker magazine published a vulgarity-laced interview with Scaramucci.

Lawmakers: US Senate’s health care plan would hurt Vermont

The health care proposal under consideration in the U.S. Senate would be devastating to the thousands of Vermont residents who rely on the current system for care, and it has the potential to wreak havoc on the state's finances, top state and federal politicians across the political spectrum said Monday. Meeting in the Statehouse office of Republican Gov. Phil Scott, the three members of the congressional delegation and other top lawmakers from the Democratic and Republican parties said they had different opinions about the best way to fix President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, but they agreed Vermont residents had to be protected in the process.

Trump nominee to lead FBI pledges to resist White House pressure

FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he would protect the bureau's independence and resist pressure from the White House. FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he would protect the bureau's independence and resist pressure from the White House.

In Senate hearing, Jeff Sessions denies ‘false and scurrilous allegations’

The U.S. Attorney General denounced as a "detestable lie" charges that he had been party to any Russian election interference during the 2016 campaign, as Jeff Sessions sidestepped a number of questions from Democrats in a politically charged hearing on Russia's election actions. Sessions also denied the notion that concerns about Trump's behavior caused him to linger after a meeting when Trump asked for everyone but Comey to leave the room.

Sessions vigorously denies improper Russia contacts

Attorney General Jeff Sessions heatedly denied on Tuesday having an undisclosed meeting with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. and declared it was a "detestable and appalling lie" to suggest he was aware of or took part in any collusion between Russia and the election campaign that sent Donald Trump to the White House. Testifying at a packed Senate hearing, Sessions, who was a close Trump adviser during the battle for the presidency, also rejected any idea of misconduct in the ouster of FBI Director James Comey and vowed to defend his honor "against scurrilous and false allegations."

US attorney general next in scandal’s spotlight

Jeff Sessions, a longtime senator until President Donald Trump picked him as U.S. Attorney General, heads to Congress next week where he could face a grilling about his Russian interactions. Sessions, among the earliest high-profile backers of Trump's election campaign, will appear before his former colleagues on June 13, days after explosive testimony by ousted FBI director James Comey, whose removal he recommended.

Justice Dept.: Sessions recused from probe due to campaign

Ousted FBI Director James Comey provided a lot of answers during his public testimony before a Senate committee Thursday, but he left one substantial question unanswered: How did the FBI know Attorney General Jeff Sessions was going to step aside from the investigation into the Trump campaign's Russia ties? The Justice Department responded late Thursday, saying that after consultations with department ethics officials Sessions recused himself because of his involvement in Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, "for that reason, and that reason alone." The department's statement did not directly respond to Comey's comment that he was "aware of facts" that would make Sessions' continued involvement in the Russia probe problematic.

Transforming Transit in Vermont

VHB partnered with the city of Burlington and Green Mountain Transit to deliver the new Downtown Transit Center in Burlington, Vermont. From every phase of project development - including planning, feasibility and concept design, environmental documentation, final design, and construction phase services - VHB helped transform transit in Vermont.

Senate to hear from Comey; Dems raise new Session questions

In this file photo, then-FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Comey, ousted last month amid a federal investigation into connections between Russia and the Trump campaign, is set to testify before Congress next week in a highly anticipated hearing that could shed new light on his private conversations with the president in the weeks before the firing.

Appointment of a special prosecutor was essential: Erwin Chemerinsky

President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey created an urgent need for a special prosecutor, independent of the White House and the Justice Department, to investigate whether members of the Trump campaign team and administration violated federal law. The Justice Department's appointment Wednesday of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special prosecutor was the right thing to do.

Comey’s firing isn’t like the ‘Saturday Night Massacre’

Long ago and far away, when I was a young special assistant first to Attorney General William French Smith and then to Attorney General Edwin Meese, the young staff would automatically stand up whenever William Webster, then director of the FBI, walked into a room. At the Friday morning round-table briefings in the attorney general's massive conference room, when Webster addressed the group, everyone leaned in.

Comey successfully dodged the biggest question looming over…

FBI Director James Comey said in a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that he treated the bureau's probe into Hillary Clinton's private email server and its investigation into President Donald Trump's ties to Russia "consistently," and "under the same principles." Comey was grilled by the committee's Democrats about why he decided announce, 11 days before the 2016 election , that the FBI was revisiting the Clinton email investigation but did not reveal that the FBI had also been investigating possible collusion between Trump associates and Russia.

Guest column: Gorsuch’s assurances likely tested

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Gorsuch's assurances that 'no man is above the law' are likely to be tested right away, writes David Adler. The sincerity of the assurances made by Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, to the Senate Judiciary Committee in the course of confirmation hearings that the president "is not above the law," is likely to be tested if, as expected, he is approved by the Senate for the vacant seat on the High Tribunal.

The Latest: Gorsuch talks of 1 case that lingered

Graphic shows profile information for Supreme Court nominee and selected opinions; 2c x 9 inches; 96.3 mm x 228 mm; Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch, left, shares a laugh with Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Ben Sasse, he arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The Latest: FBI investigation complicates Gorsuch nomination

Some liberal interest groups and advocates are calling on the Senate to put off confirmation of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee while the FBI is investigating possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia. Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe tweeted Tuesday morning that it's a "sensible rule" to withhold approval for nominee Neil Gorsuch for as long as the investigation continues.

High court nominee to face daylong questioning in Senate

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch faces hours of questioning from senators as frustrated Democrats are determined to press him on everything from abortion and guns to his independence from President Donald Trump. Republicans are unanimously supporting Gorsuch , and certain to give him what cover they can as he appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee for Day 2 of his confirmation hearings on Tuesday.

ACLU files complaint against Jeff Sessions over Russia testimony

The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday filed an ethics complaint with the Alabama State Bar against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for testimony he made about Russian officials during his confirmation hearing. "Mr. Sessions made false statements during sworn testimony on January 10, 2017, and in a subsequent written response to questions on January 17, 2017," the complaint reads.

‘Perjury is a very difficult charge to prove’: Sessions…

Attorney general Jeff Sessions was accused of misleading the Senate when he said he didn't meet with any Russian officials during the 2016 campaign. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has come under fire for what critics say was misleading the Senate about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the US while he was a prominent surrogate for President Donald Trump's campaign.

Questions and answers about perjury, Sessions’ statements

Attorney General Jeff Sessions twice spoke with the Russian envoy to the U.S. during the 2016 presidential campaign, a fact that seemingly contradicts sworn statements he made to Congress during his confirmation hearings. The revelation prompted calls for Sessions to resign or recuse himself from a probe into Trump campaign contacts with Russia.

US Rep. Welch calls for Attorney General Sessions to resign

A Vermont congressman is calling for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign in the wake of revelations that he twice met with the Russian ambassador during the presidential campaign. In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Democratic Rep. Peter Welch accused Sessions of misleading Congress during his Senate confirmation hearing.

State Department reverses visa revocations as Trump administration…

The Department of Homeland Security complied with a judge's orders Saturday and stopped enforcing President Donald Trump's controversial entry ban, and the fast-moving legal dispute over the president's powers could land at the nation's highest court. On Saturday evening, Trump administration lawyers filed a notice to appeal the Seattle federal judge's decision from Friday night that imposed a temporary, nationwide halt to Trump's order barring refugees and those from seven majority-Muslim nations from entering the country.

Morrisey leads AGs supporting Gorsuch

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office says he's leading Republican attorneys general from 20 states in support of President Donald Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch. Morrisey's office said in a news release that the group sent a letter of support Wednesday to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Sen. Patrick Leahy, ranking member of the Judiciary Committee.

Nets Hype Dems Testifying Against Sessions Over Racism Allegations

On Tuesday, the network morning shows were thrilled by the prospect of Democratic lawmakers testifying against Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions during the confirmation hearing for the Donald Trump cabinet pick. However, none of the broadcasts bothered to recall that those same Democrats once eagerly worked with the Alabama senator on civil rights issues.

Senators Test Limits on Donald Trump at Jeff Sessions Confirmation Hearing

Senators used the first day of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions' hearings to test the boundaries of Donald Trump's executive power and highlight areas where Sessions would need to limit him as Attorney General. While several questions at looked back at Sessions' civil rights record, the backdrop to questions about Sessions' future relationship with Trump was set early Tuesday, when Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley asked Sessions whether he would be comfortable saying "no" to the President-elect, given their close relationship on the campaign.

Questions and answers as Sessions defends his remarks

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has agreed to recuse himself from any investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The move comes after revelations that Sessions twice spoke with the Russian ambassador during the campaign, a fact that seemingly contradicts sworn statements he made to Congress during his confirmation hearings.

Vermont delegation comes out swinging against Trump

Perched on a podium on the U.S. Senate floor, Vermont's Bernie Sanders suggested this week that Republican president-elect Donald Trump was a liar. Gesturing at a cardboard cutout of a Trump tweet in which the billionaire businessman promised not to cut federal health care programs, Sanders took aim.

Vermont Senate Leader Uncertainty abounding in Trump era

A top Vermont lawmaker says getting down to crafting the state's budget and priorities will be difficult without knowing how the policies of the incoming Trump administration will affect decisions on Medicaid, cleaning up Lake Champlain, and a variety of other issues. Legislators are prepared to work with the office of Republican Gov. Phil Scott, the congressional delegation and other states, controlled by both Republicans and Democrats, to find common ground, said Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe, a Democrat-Progressive from Burlington.

US: Senate Democrats introduce bill to block Trump Muslim registry

On January 5, 2017, nine Democratic senators filed a bill blocking the executive branch from registering people based on religion, race, gender, age, national origin or nationality. "Contrary to the President-elect's beliefs, America's diversity is not a threat - it is, in fact, our greatest strength," Sen. Jeff Merkley was quoted by The Hill as saying.

Russian malware discovered on Vermont electric company computer

The company released a statement confirming the malware associated with the Russian group Grizzly Steppe was found on a laptop which was not connected to the electrical grid system. "Last night, U.S. utilities were alerted by the Department of Homeland Security of a malware code used in Grizzly Steppe, the name DHS has applied to a Russian campaign linked to recent hacks.

Russia-linked malware found on US electric companya s laptop

Malware code linked to Russian hackers and found on a Vermont electric utility's computer is further evidence of "predatory" steps taken by that country against the U.S., a Vermont Democratic congressman said Saturday. The Burlington Electric Department confirmed Friday it had found on one of its laptops the malware code used in Grizzly Steppe, the name Homeland Security has applied to a Russian campaign linked to recent hacks.

Cornucopia Institute Calls For Investigation Of USDA’s National Organic Program

In a letter to the USDA's Office of Inspector General, The Cornucopia Institute has requested an independent audit of the National Organic Program , charging a multiplicity of illegal actions and inactions. The Wisconsin-based farm policy research group alleges that the National Organic Program has failed to enforce the laws governing organic agriculture, thereby allowing multinational corporate agribusinesses to squeeze out family-scale farmers, compromising the integrity of the organic label.

Israeli Settlers Recruiting for ISIS

Keith Ellison Supported the BDS Movement and Admired Louis Farrakhan. So Why Are Jewish Democrats Supporting Him for Chairman of the DNC? Support Migdal Ohr by purchasing letters in the Torah Scroll that will be written in honor of Rabbi Grossman's 70th Birthday.

The joy of jumping into leaves

They brought in 200 bags of leaves, put them into one of the foam pits, and then let customers go to town! By all appearances, everyone had a blast. We now know what police believe caused a man to fire 17 rounds into an apartment complex in Essex Junction.

2 women with baby shoplift from Walmart

Lawyers for 24-year-old Karri Benoir say troopers did not properly inform her of her right to remain silent before conducting a bedside interview in the hospital. Lawyers for 24-year-old Karri Benoir say troopers did not properly inform her of her right to remain silent before conducting a bedside interview in the hospital.

Obama, Hill leaders meet ahead of federal funding deadline

In this March 1, 2016 file photo, President Barack Obama meets with, from left, the Senate Judiciary Committee's ranking member Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Senate Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid of Nev., Vice President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Budget and trade top the agenda as President Barack Obama meets with the top Republicans and Democrats in Congress on Monday.

Congress OKs bill requiring first GMO food labels

Consumers wanting to know if their foods contain genetically modified ingredients will be able to find out for the first time. Congress sent legislation to President Barack Obama on Thursday that would require most food packages to carry a text label, a symbol or an electronic code readable by smartphone that indicates whether the food contains genetically modified ingredients, or GMOs.

Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally on June

Bernie Sanders says he'll vote for Hillary Clinton The Vermont senator isn't dropping out, but says he'll cast his ballot for Clinton in November. Check out this story on Bernie Sanders may not be quite ready to formally end his Democratic presidential bid, but he says he will vote for Hillary Clinton in November.

That 25-hour House sit-in was a big win for Periscope

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The U.S. House of Representative's Democrats were staging a sit-in-the first of its kind in this video-driven digital age- trying to force House Republicans to vote on a pair of gun control bills. Whatever side of the aisle you're on, this was must-see TV.