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Nov 28, 2011

Accused White House shooter faces more mental tests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A doctor has determined that a man accused of trying to assassinate President Barack Obama this month is competent to stand trial, but prosecutors on Monday asked for a fuller evaluation.

Prosecutors are seeking a competency hearing and a full psychological screening of Oscar Ortega-Hernandez. He has been charged with trying to kill Obama when he opened fire on the White House with a semi-automatic assault rifle.

Nov 17, 2011

Solyndra postpones sale until January, seeks better bids

By Jeremy Pelofsky and Roberta Rampton

(Reuters) – Solyndra LLC, the failed solar panel maker at the center of a political firestorm in Washington, did not receive any acceptable bids by a Wednesday night deadline, and postponed an auction for its California manufacturing plant for two months.

The extra time will allow potential “turnkey” buyers to examine Solyndra’s assets, the company’s lawyers said in a notice filed in federal bankruptcy court in Delaware.

Nov 10, 2011

Nixon nearly “blew my stack” over Watergate tape gap

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Richard Nixon told a U.S. grand jury that he “practically blew my stack” when he learned of the long gap on White House tape sought in the Watergate scandal investigation, according to transcripts released on Thursday.

In one of the biggest political scandals in American history, much has been made of the famous 18-1/2 minute gap on tapes of Nixon’s White House conversations. The key question — did it include incriminating information about the break-in at Democratic National Headquarters by his campaign operatives?

Nov 8, 2011

Attorney general grilled by Senate on gun sting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday expressed regret over a botched operation meant to track guns smuggled to Mexican drug cartels and said his department misinformed Congress about it.

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley slammed Holder and the Justice Department for inaccurately telling lawmakers in a February letter that the agency did everything possible to try to stop weapons bought illegally from being sent to Mexico.

Nov 8, 2011

Appeals court backs Obama healthcare law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law got a boost on Tuesday when an appeals court agreed with a lower court that dismissed a challenge and found the law’s minimum coverage requirement was constitutional.

The Appeals Court for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a lower court ruling that had found it constitutional to require Americans to buy healthcare insurance coverage by early 2014 or face a penalty and had dismissed a lawsuit challenging it.

Nov 8, 2011

U.S. appeals court backs Obama healthcare law

WASHINGTON, Nov 8 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s
signature healthcare law got a boost on Tuesday when a U.S.
appeals court agreed with a lower court that dismissed a
challenge and found the law’s minimum coverage requirement was
constitutional.

The U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia Circuit
upheld a lower court ruling that had found it constitutional to
require Americans to buy healthcare insurance coverage by early
2014 or face a penalty and had dismissed a lawsuit challenging
it.

Nov 8, 2011

U.S. attorney general to face Senate over gun sting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Attorney General Eric Holder will go before a Senate committee on Tuesday where he will likely be asked about a botched operation that was meant to track gun smuggling to top Mexican drug cartels.

Holder has been in a war of words with congressional Republicans over “Operation Fast and Furious” for months, leading to demands from some critics that he step down.

Nov 8, 2011

U.S. judge blocks graphic cigarette warnings

WASHINGTON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – A federal judge blocked a U.S.
rule requiring tobacco companies to display graphic images on
cigarette packs, such as a man exhaling cigarette smoke through
a hole in his throat.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon sided on Monday with
tobacco companies and granted a temporary injunction, saying
they would likely prevail in their lawsuit challenging the
requirement as unconstitutional because it compels speech in
violation of the First Amendment.

Nov 7, 2011

U.S. judge blocks rules on graphic cigarette labels

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge on Monday blocked a U.S. rule requiring tobacco companies to display graphic images on cigarette packs, such as a man exhaling cigarette smoke through a hole in his throat.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon sided with tobacco companies and granted a temporary injunction, saying they would likely prevail in their lawsuit challenging U.S. health regulators’ rule as unconstitutional because it compels speech in violation of the First Amendment.

Nov 7, 2011

Judge blocks graphic cigarette labels

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge on Monday blocked a rule requiring tobacco companies to display graphic images on cigarette packs, such as a man exhaling cigarette smoke through a hole in his throat.

District Judge Richard Leon sided with tobacco companies and granted a temporary injunction, saying they would likely prevail in their lawsuit challenging U.S. health regulators’ rule as unconstitutional because it compels speech in violation of the First Amendment.

    • 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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