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Apr 18, 2011
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Former Bush lawyer hired to defend gay marriage ban

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The Republican-controlled House of Representatives has hired Paul Clement, the former solicitor general during George W. Bush’s presidency, to pick up the ball and defend the law that defined marriage as between a man and woman.

The Obama administration decided in February to drop its defense of the 15-year-old law, which was hailed by gay rights advocates but widely panned by many senior Republicans infuriated that the Justice Department would no longer defend the law in court and called it a political move.

Apr 13, 2011

U.S. wants Arizona suit over border security tossed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration has asked a judge in Arizona to dismiss a lawsuit by the state that argues that the federal government has fallen down on the job securing the border with Mexico.

Arizona, led by Republican Governor Jan Brewer, has been in a pitched legal and political battle with Democratic President Barack Obama over efforts to crack down on the flow of weapons, drugs and people across the southwest border.

Apr 8, 2011

J&J settles bribery and kickback charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson on Friday agreed to pay $70 million to settle U.S. charges that it paid bribes and kickbacks to win business overseas, the first big drug company to settle since the Obama administration began its scrutiny of the industry more than a year ago.

Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay a $21.4 million fine to settle Justice Department criminal charges and pay more than $48.6 million in disgorgement and interest to settle charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the agencies said.

Apr 8, 2011

J&J settles U.S. bribery, kickback charges

WASHINGTON, April 8 (Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
on Friday agreed to pay $70 million to settle U.S. charges that
it paid bribes and kickbacks to win business overseas, the
first big drug company to settle since the Obama administration
began its scrutiny of the industry more than a year ago.

Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay a $21.4 million fine to
settle Justice Department criminal charges and pay more than
$48.6 million in disgorgement and interest to settle charges by
the Securities and Exchange Commission, the agencies said.

Apr 7, 2011

FBI presses for full budget in any U.S. stop-gap bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The budget impasse in the U.S. Congress is hampering major FBI initiatives including investigating mortgage fraud, the agency’s director Robert Mueller said on Thursday as he pressed lawmakers for a quick fix.

Caught up in the wrangling over spending for this budget year that is already half over, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been operating at the 2010 levels despite requests for more for intelligence operations and traditional criminal cases.

Apr 4, 2011

Judge raps Roger Clemens, trainer Brian McNamee for remarks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge Monday chastised Roger Clemens and his former trainer Brian McNamee for coming “precariously close” to violating a gag order for recent comments about the upcoming perjury trial of the former pitching star.

Judge Reggie Walton issued a stern reminder to comply with his August 23, 2010, order that barred public comments by parties involved in the case in which Clemens is accused of lying to Congress about his use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Apr 4, 2011

Q+A: Why did Obama reverse decision on 9/11 trials?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Monday reversed plans to use U.S. criminal courts to prosecute the self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and four co-conspirators and ordered them tried at a military tribunal.

Following are some key questions and answers about this major reversal of policy.

Mar 30, 2011

Decision looms over U.S. troops at Mexican border

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is weighing whether to keep hundreds of National Guard troops on the U.S. border with Mexico to help clamp down on violence, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said on Wednesday.

Violence on the American side of the border has steadily declined over the last few years and seizures of drugs, weapons and cash have increased in part due to the additional troops and resources on the border, Napolitano said.

Mar 29, 2011

US FDA chemist, son charged with insider trading

WASHINGTON, March 29 (Reuters) – A U.S. Food and Drug
Administration chemist and his son were arrested and charged on
Tuesday with using sensitive inside information about the
agency’s drug approvals to reap more than $3.6 million.

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Cheng Yi
Liang, 57, and his son Andrew, 25, with illegally trading in
advance of at least 27 public announcements about 19 publicly
held companies, reaping $3.6 million in profits and avoided
losses.

Mar 22, 2011

Law enforcement deaths rising quickly: AG Eric Holder

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Law enforcement officers are being killed at an alarming rate, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday, adding that options are being explored to address the violence including seeking new gun control laws.

Before meeting with state and local police chiefs and representatives of federal law enforcement agencies, Holder said 48 officers have died during the first three months of 2011, a 17 percent increase over 2010. Of those, 23 were killed by gunfire, a 53 percent jump.

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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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