May 15, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
The US House of Representatives on Wednesday approves the USA Freedom Act, which would end the National Security Agency's (NSA) mass collection of Americans' phone data. The measure, approved by a vote of 338 to 88, largely extends the USA Patriot Act that was set to expire on June 3. Under the ...[read more]
May 15, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The Republican led Missouri General Assembly on Wednesday approved a "right to work" bill that would stop workers from being required to be part of a union or pay dues, but the bill did not garner enough votes to overcome a likely veto by Governor Jay Nixon. After a more than eight-hour ...[read more]
May 15, 2015
by Matt Belenky
The US House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would ban most abortion after 20 weeks, despite strong opposition from the White House. The Republican-led House approved the bill by a margin of 242-184. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte called the vote "a victory ...[read more]
May 13, 2015
by Matt Belenky
The Pennsylvania Senate voted Tuesday to approve a bill that could bring medical marijuana to the state. The bill will now head to the House for consideration where proponents are optimistic it will have more success this year than the bill's predecessor last year. The 40-7 vote came following a ...[read more]
April 30, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
North Carolina lawmakers on Wednesday approved a measure aimed at resuming executions after nine years. The law removes the requirement to have a doctor present at all lethal injections and instead would allow nurses, physician's assistants or paramedics to oversee lethal injections in the state. ...[read more]
April 23, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The US Senate on Thursday voted 56-43 to confirm Loretta Lynch to serve as Attorney General, establishing her as the first black woman to lead the Justice Department. Lynch was nominated by the Senate Judiciary Committee 188 days prior on November 8 but had her confirmation hearing delayed up by ...[read more]
April 17, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced a settlement agreement Friday over early voting in Ohio. The now settled lawsuit was filed last year by the ACLU challenging the decreased availability of early voting opportunities in the state as a result of the passage of Senate Bill 238. The ...[read more]
April 17, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The US House of Representatives on Thursday approved the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, a bill set to end the federal estate tax, by a 240-179 vote. The tax, which Republicans refer to as the death tax, is applied to estates upon passage to an heir after the owner's death. The current top tax rate... ...[read more]
April 16, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The Colombian government on Tuesday modified proposed legislation that would have allowed an expansion of the military courts' jurisdiction and power. President Juan Manuel Santos introduced Senate Bill 85 of 2013 to strengthen the military justice system after Colombia's "false positive" scandal, ...[read more]
April 15, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The Florida Senate voted Tuesday to repeal the State's ban on same-sex adoption. The Senate voted 27-11 to repeal the law, which has been on the books in Florida since 1977. The bill, which already passed the Florida House of Representatives in March, now heads to Governor Rick Scott. The Florida... ...[read more]

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