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Oct 11, 2011

Iranians charged in U.S. over assassination plot

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. authorities broke up a plot by men linked to the Iranian government to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in the United States, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

Attorney General Eric Holder said the United States would hold Tehran accountable for the plot.

Oct 5, 2011

Trying to fix ties with Mexico after gun sting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will have to work to restore frayed ties with Mexico after a bungled operation allowed guns to illegally cross the border to violent Mexican drug cartels, a top U.S. official said on Wednesday.

The acting head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, B. Todd Jones, also unveiled more reshuffling of senior agency personnel after the botched program known as “Fast and Furious.”

Oct 4, 2011

Appeals court upholds DC semi-automatic rifle ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A ban on semi-automatic rifles and large-capacity ammunition magazines in the capital city got a boost on Tuesday from a U.S. appeals court that upheld the prohibition as constitutional, a setback for gun rights activists.

The ruling upheld a lower court decision that found the ban and regulations by the city of Washington did not violate the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment that permits individuals to possess firearms.

Sep 23, 2011

U.S. court: Islamic charity’s funds improperly seized

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. officials correctly designated an Islamic charity, Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation (AHIF) Oregon, as supporting terrorism but improperly seized its assets, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled the U.S. Treasury Department was correct in finding the organization connected to terrorism because one of its board members was designated by Treasury as linked to terrorism and the group provided money for terrorist activities in Albania and Chechnya.

Sep 22, 2011

AT&T, T-Mobile hire legal all-stars to save deal

WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – AT&T Inc (T.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Deutsche
Telekom AG (DTEGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and T-Mobile USA have amassed an army of
former senior government antitrust officials to try to save
their $39 billion deal to combine wireless businesses.

Questions abound for all sides: How strong is existing
antitrust law? Can competition survive with the combination of
two big wireless carriers? Or if the Justice Department
succeeds in blocking it, will AT&T have to pay $6 billion in
cash and wireless airwaves as a breakup fee to T-Mobile?

Sep 21, 2011

Judge sets February 13 date for AT&T antitrust trial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge set a February 13 start for a trial over whether AT&T Inc can buy rival T-Mobile USA, a compromise between the companies’ desire for a quick resolution and the Justice Department’s request for more time to prepare its case.

U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle on Wednesday set aside up to six weeks for the trial in response to the Obama administration’s antitrust lawsuit against the deal. She will preside without a jury, as is typical for such cases.

Sep 21, 2011

U.S. judge sets February 13 for AT&T antitrust trial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge set a February 13 start for a trial over whether AT&T Inc (T.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) can buy rival T-Mobile USA despite competitive concerns raised in a lawsuit by the Obama administration’s Justice Department.

U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle set aside 6 weeks for the non-jury trial. There was no discussion during the 80-minute scheduling hearing of any settlement of the case.

Sep 21, 2011

US judge sets Feb. 13 for AT&T antitrust trial

WASHINGTON, Sept 21 (Reuters) – A U.S. judge set a Feb. 13
start for a trial over whether AT&T Inc (T.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) can buy rival
T-Mobile USA despite competitive concerns raised in a lawsuit
by the Obama administration’s Justice Department.

U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle set aside 6 weeks for the
non-jury trial. There was no discussion during the 80-minute
scheduling hearing of any settlement of the case.

Sep 8, 2011

Court tosses Virginia challenge to healthcare law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court handed President Barack Obama a victory for his signature healthcare law on Thursday, ruling against challenges by the state of Virginia and others seeking to invalidate the law as unconstitutional.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit overturned a lower court judge who had ruled the federal government could not compel people to buy health insurance or face paying a penalty. This is known as the individual mandate and takes effect in 2014.

Sep 7, 2011

Attorney General Eric Holder seeks distance from gun sting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday sought to distance himself and other senior Justice Department officials from a botched operation to track guns smuggled to Mexican drug cartels, saying they were not involved.

The Obama administration has been under scrutiny after revelations that as many as 2,000 guns were sold to suspected gun traffickers, not properly tracked and ended up at crime scenes in the United States and Mexico.

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      "Legal correspondent. Previously has covered the White House, U.S. political campaigns, Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the U.S. economy. Launched and directed the "Tales from the Trail: 2008" Reuters campaign blog, the predecessor to Reuters' "Front Row Washington" blog."
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