The proposed $45 billion mega-merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable put the spotlight squarely on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler. The FCC and Department of Justice will conduct the merger review, looking at such factors as market concentration, pricing power, and broadband access, among other issues, to determine approval or rejection.
“The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision,” the attorney general says.
“[F]or purposes of federal law, these marriages will be recognized as lawful and considered eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages,” Attorney General Eric Holder says.
Four ambassadors and a senior Justice Department official were among several nominations approved by the Senate on a voice vote Thursday night.
The company has agreed to plead guilty to destruction of evidence related to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill and will pay the maximum available fine, the Department of Justice said Thursday.
In cases against both government and private employers, transgender workers — with the federal government’s backing — are successfully using the Civil Rights Act’s sex discrimination protections to fight anti-transgender discrimination.
The White House further reacts to the Zimmerman trial verdict.
The credit ratings agency is currently facing off with the U.S. Department of Justice in a California court over the quality of its ratings.
“The government may love this,” says the AP CEO. “I suspect that they do.”
Forget the “birthers,” his Muslim background and training as a secret socialist spy. A set of more serious inquiries have hit the White House in force.
“If we lose the constitutional foundations of a free press in this country, tyranny is at the door. Obviously I am very concerned about that,” Rep. Trent Franks said.
The Justice Department may have seized AP phone records, but it’s not the first time the U.S. government has gone after journalists.
Washington could use a little Olivia Pope right about now.
Congressional press galleries call on the Department of Justice to explain how the “unparalleled use of your investigative power is constitutionally consistent.”
Longstanding animosities bubble to the surface during tense oversight hearing.
DOJ officials stand by the decision to pull phone records for the nation’s largest wire service.
To “avoid a potential appearance of a conflict of interest … I recused myself,” says the attorney general of the DOJ investigation into the Associated Press.
The news of the DOJ phone-grab story broke at 4:26 p.m., but it wasn’t discussed on MSNBC until 7:37 p.m.
“It’s appalling, it’s the most disgusting use of authority we’ve seen in a while,” said Rep. Trey Radel.
The president, who has said he personally supports marriage equality, has never said whether he believes the Constitution requires it. Supreme Court briefs supporting the challenge to Proposition 8 are due Feb. 28.
“The Constitution … requires that Section 3 be invalidated,” Obama’s Supreme Court lawyer argues.
Edith Windsor never meant to be the face of a decades-long political, legal and civil-rights battle. But it’s a role that suits her well.
LGBT advocates praised President Obama in May for his announcement that he believes same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. With the Supreme Court hearing the appeal of California’s Proposition 8, however, Obama faces another test on the issue.
To defend the Defense of Marriage Act, or to leave it alone?
The Court has a wide variety of cases to choose from when it returns from its summer recess. “An exceptionally good vehicle,” says an advocacy group of today’s case.
Mass AG says the constitutionality of DOMA’s definition of “marriage” and “spouse” should be “conclusively settled by this court.” If the Supreme Court agrees, the case could be decided by July 2013.