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May 13, 2013

Associated Press says U.S. government seized journalists’ phone records

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Associated Press on Monday said the U.S. government secretly seized telephone records of AP offices and reporters for a two-month period in 2012, describing the acts as a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into news-gathering operations.

AP Chief Executive Gary Pruitt, in a letter posted on the agency’s website, said the AP was informed last Friday that the Justice Department gathered records for more than 20 phone lines assigned to the agency and its reporters.

May 3, 2013

New Zealand’s internet bad boy wants to see top lawman

WASHINGTON/WELLINGTON (Reuters) – A trip to New Zealand will put America’s chief prosecutor on the same soil as a flashy internet mogul who is fighting extradition to the United States on charges he assisted massive piracy of copyrighted movies and music.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder visits New Zealand next week for an annual meeting of a “quintet” of attorneys general from mostly English-speaking countries – and not to meet up with the entrepreneur Kim Dotcom.

Apr 26, 2013

Analysis: In force-feeding detainees, Obama has courts on his side

WASHINGTON/MIAMI (Reuters) – As detainees at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, press ahead with a widening hunger strike nearly three months old, President Barack Obama has come under increasing criticism for his policy of force-feeding them.

But U.S. law is on his side, an analysis of court rulings shows.

Most U.S. judges who have examined forced feeding in prisons have concluded that the measure may violate the rights of inmates to control their own bodies and to privacy – rights rooted in the U.S. Constitution and in common law. But they have found that the needs of operating a prison are more important.

Apr 24, 2013

Obama resists Republican bid to see gun smuggling operation documents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Justice Department lawyer said on Wednesday that if a judge agreed to consider a Republican bid to get administration documents related to a botched operation against gun-trafficking it would prompt a flood of requests for courts to referee Washington political disputes.

President Barack Obama is resisting a congressional subpoena for documents related to how the administration responded to the revelation of the failed operation known as “Fast and Furious” on the U.S.- Mexican border. It has already turned over thousands of pages of documents about the operation itself.

Apr 19, 2013

Elvis impersonator charged over poison letter sent to Obama

By David Ingram and Deborah Charles

(Reuters) – Federal prosecutors filed criminal charges on Thursday against a Mississippi man, who worked as an Elvis impersonator, for threatening to harm President Barack Obama by sending him a letter that initially tested positive for the deadly poison ricin.

Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, was believed to have sent three letters, all with identical wording and type-written on yellow paper, to Obama, U.S. Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi and Justice Court Judge Sadie Holland of Lee County, Mississippi.

Apr 18, 2013

FBI arrests Mississippi man in ricin letter case

By David Ingram and Deborah Charles

(Reuters) – Federal prosecutors filed criminal charges on Thursday against a Mississippi man, who worked as an Elvis impersonator, for threatening to harm President Barack Obama by sending him a letter that initially tested positive for the deadly poison ricin.

Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, was believed to have sent three letters, all with identical wording and type-written on yellow paper, to Obama, Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi and Justice Court Judge Sadie Holland of Lee County, Mississippi.

Apr 18, 2013

U.S. charges Mississippi man with ricin threat on Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors on Thursday filed criminal charges against Paul Kevin Curtis, the Mississippi man arrested a day earlier in the FBI’s investigation of letters believed to have contained the deadly poison ricin.

A criminal complaint filed in District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi charges Curtis with threatening to harm President Barack Obama and making other threats through the Postal Service.

Apr 9, 2013

FBI asked to probe recording of Senator McConnell’s campaign strategy session

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign said on Tuesday it has asked the FBI to investigate how a campaign strategy meeting was recorded in which ways to attack a potential rival, actress Ashley Judd, were reportedly discussed.

The magazine, Mother Jones, said it had obtained a recording of the meeting and that McConnell and his aides discussed criticizing Judd “for her past struggles with depression and her religious views.”

Apr 5, 2013

White House fights Catholic Church subpoena on birth control

WASHINGTON, April 5 (Reuters) – The Obama administration has
gone to court to try to block a subpoena from the Roman Catholic
Archdiocese of New York seeking White House documents about the
government’s requirement of insurance coverage for birth
control.

The subpoena requesting documents from President Barack
Obama and his senior advisers would be burdensome to fulfill,
the administration said in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District
Court for the District of Columbia.

Mar 27, 2013

Supreme Court reconvenes for second gay marriage case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For the second day running, the Supreme Court convened on Wednesday to tackle the issue of gay marriage, this time to hear arguments over a law that denies federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples.

Almost two hours of oral argument will be heard by the court on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The nine justices heard arguments on Tuesday on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage.