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Congress OKs bill overhauling oversight of troubled federal Bureau of Prisons

Jul. 10, 2024 21:33 PM EDT

The Senate passed legislation Wednesday to overhaul oversight and bring greater transparency to the crisis-plagued federal Bureau of Prisons following reporting from The Associated Press that exposed systemic corruption in the federal prison system and increased congressional scrutiny. ...

US Sen. Dick Durbin, 79, undergoes hip replacement surgery in home state of Illinois

Jun. 27, 2024 15:10 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois underwent hip replacement surgery Thursday and will remain in his home state of Illinois until he's cleared by his doctor for travel to Washington, according to his office. Surgery on the 79-year-old’s left hip was performed at a...

Justice Clarence Thomas took more trips paid for by donor Harlan Crow, Senate panel reveals

Jun. 13, 2024 17:58 PM EDT

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin says his committee has uncovered at least three additional trips given to Justice Clarence Thomas by GOP megadonor Harlan Crow as part of the panel’s ethics investigation into the Supreme Court. Durbin, D-Ill., said Thursday the...

Senators blast health and law enforcement officials over illegal e-cigarettes used by teens

Jun. 12, 2024 16:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators on Wednesday blasted top health and law enforcement officials for not doing more to combat the rise of illegal electronic cigarettes in the U.S., a multibillion-dollar business that has flourished amid haphazard enforcement. Democrats and Republicans on...

Editorial Roundup: United States

May. 31, 2024 12:12 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: May 29 The Washington Post on America’s economic mood remains glum. This is despite great news: Growth is strong; the stock market just hit record levels; unemployment is low; and...

Roberts rejects Senate Democrats' request to discuss Supreme Court ethics and Alito flag controversy

May. 30, 2024 16:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts on Thursday declined an invitation to meet with Democratic senators to talk about Supreme Court ethics and the controversy over flags that flew outside homes owned by Justice Samuel Alito. Roberts' response came in a letter to the...

Democratic senators request meeting with Chief Justice Roberts over flags flown at Alito's homes

May. 24, 2024 16:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Democratic senators are requesting a meeting with Chief Justice John Roberts after reports that two separate flags carried by rioters at the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol had flown outside of houses owned by Justice Samuel Alito. Senate Judiciary...

Upside-down flag at Justice Alito's home another blow for Supreme Court under fire

May. 17, 2024 18:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An upside-down U.S. flag has long been a sign of dire distress and versatile symbol of protest. But in January 2021, when it flew over the home of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, it was largely seen in connection with a specific cause: the false claim by then-President...