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Apr 29, 2011

US court backs federal embryonic stem cells funds

WASHINGTON, April 29 (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court ruled
on Friday the Obama administration can continue using federal
money to fund human embryonic stem cell research, a possible
avenue toward new treatments for many medical conditions.

The appeals court overturned a ruling by a federal judge
who found that the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)
guidelines on such research violated the law because embryos
were destroyed and it put other researchers working with adult
stem cells at a disadvantage to win federal grants.

Apr 29, 2011

U.S. court backs funding for embryonic stem cells

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration can continue using federal tax dollars to fund human embryonic stem cell research, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday, overturning a judge’s decision and handing a victory to the White House.

A federal judge ruled last year that the U.S. National Institutes of Health guidelines on such research violated the law because embryos were destroyed in the process and it put other researchers working with adult stem cells at a competitive disadvantage for federal grants.

Apr 29, 2011

Court backs funding for embryonic stem cells

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration can continue using federal tax dollars to fund human embryonic stem cell research, an appeals court ruled on Friday, overturning a judge’s decision and handing a victory to the White House.

A federal judge ruled last year that the U.S. National Institutes of Health guidelines on such research violated the law because embryos were destroyed in the process and it put other researchers working with adult stem cells at a competitive disadvantage for federal grants.

Apr 28, 2011

Obama administration seeks more comments on rifle sale plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Friday will seek another round of comments on its controversial proposal to require gun dealers in four states on the U.S.-Mexico border to report the sale of multiple rifles.

In a bid to curb the flow of guns into Mexico, where drug cartels have waged deadly wars to protect their business, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has sought to tighten reporting requirements in Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and California.

Apr 26, 2011
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Attorney General Holder says he plans to stick around for a while

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Eric Holder, President Barack Obama’s attorney general, has been castigated by liberals and conservatives for his decisions about prosecuting terrorism suspects in criminal courts, defending a law that effectively bans gay marriages and then dropping it, and efforts to go after fraud in the financial markets that have resulted in few senior corporate executives going to jail.

Despite all of that, he still professes a love for the job at the Justice Department and made it clear to reporters on Tuesday that he has no intention of going anywhere, at the very least until his wife says otherwise.

Apr 25, 2011
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Shake-up strikes House Republican legal team for gay marriage ban

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After a week of questions and criticism, the legal team hired by Republicans in the House of Representatives to defend a law banning gay marriage suffered a shake-up of sorts on Monday when the law firm dropped the case and the lawyer who was going to lead the effort resigned from the firm.

Just a week ago Paul Clement, U.S. solicitor general during the Bush administration, and his firm King & Spalding signed up to work forĀ  Republicans trying to overturn a court ruling that found the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that defined marriage as between a man and a woman unconstitutional.

Apr 21, 2011

Clemens’ lawyer says accuser lying about steroids

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Roger Clemens’ top lawyer on Thursday revealed his likely strategy to fight charges that the pitching ace lied to Congress when he said he had not taken performance-enhancing drugs — his main accuser is himself a liar.

Brian McNamee, a former trainer for the retired baseball legend, is expected to be a star witness for U.S. prosecutors as they try to prove Clemens lied to congressional investigators and obstructed their probe into whether he took steroids and human growth hormones.

Apr 21, 2011

Roger Clemens’ lawyer says accuser lying about steroids

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Roger Clemens’ top lawyer on Thursday revealed his likely strategy to fight charges that the pitching ace lied to Congress when he said he had not taken performance-enhancing drugs — his main accuser is himself a liar.

Brian McNamee, a former trainer for the retired baseball legend, is expected to be a star witness for U.S. prosecutors as they try to prove Clemens lied to congressional investigators and obstructed their probe into whether he took steroids and human growth hormones.

Apr 20, 2011

U.S. wants lawsuit over execution drug dismissed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Wednesday urged a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that challenged a decision that allowed unapproved drugs to be imported from overseas for use in executions of death row inmates.

Six death row inmates in February challenged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decision that allowed states to import the drug sodium thiopental, arguing it was illegal because the imported versions were not approved by the FDA.

Apr 19, 2011

Ex-Taylor Bean chairman found guilty of fraud

WASHINGTON, April 19 (Reuters) – The former chairman of one
of the largest mortgage firms to collapse in the recent U.S.
housing market crash was found guilty on Tuesday of
masterminding one of the biggest bank frauds ever, the Justice
Department said.

It said Lee Farkas of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp
was convicted on all 14 counts of bank, securities and wire
fraud, as well as conspiracy to commit fraud.

    • About Jeremy

      "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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