Eric Holder Under Investigation By House Judiciary Committee For Possibly Lying Under Oath

By: Tuesday May 28, 2013 11:14 am

As was noted here last week, there is a case to be made that Attorney General Eric Holder may have lied while under oath when discussing the Department of Justice’s actions against journalists. Now it appears there will be an investigation into Holder’s possible perjury. The House Judiciary Committee is investigating whether Attorney General Eric [...]

SOPA Markup Officially Cancelled, No Bill in 2011

By: Tuesday December 20, 2011 2:15 pm

Tomorrow’s previously scheduled markup for the Stop Online Piracy Act, which critics claim would institute Internet censorship in the name of policing copyrights and could have a deleterious effect on the Internet’s architecture, has been cancelled. The announcement was first leaked by Rep. Darrell Issa, an opponent of SOPA, on his Twitter feed. A note [...]

SOPA Markup Re-Scheduled for Wednesday

By: Monday December 19, 2011 6:57 am

When the House Judiciary Committee adjourned without a final vote on the Stop Online Piracy Act, the expectation was that they wouldn’t take up the matter again until next year. After all, HJC Chairman Lamar Smith appeared to agree to allow technical experts give testimony on the implications of the bill to the Internet’s architecture, [...]

House Judiciary Adjourns Without Final Vote on SOPA

By: Friday December 16, 2011 2:15 pm

The House Judiciary Committee abruptly adjourned today without completing work on the Stop Online Piracy Act, an unexpected twist in the high stakes battle between Hollywood content providers and leading Internet companies. The committee’s chairman and chief sponsor of the legislation, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), agreed to further explore a controversial provision that lets the [...]

SOPA Getting a Markup in House Judiciary Committee

By: Thursday December 15, 2011 1:37 pm

The markup in the House Judiciary Committee of the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, has begun. Observers expect at least two days of markups, and the bill wouldn’t see the House floor until sometime thereafter, probably next year. There are over 60 amendments on the bill, and opponents on the committee are dragging out [...]

House Judiciary Chair Rolls Back Many Elements of SOPA

By: Tuesday December 13, 2011 9:35 am

Clearly responding to pressure from Internet giants and a growing coalition of activists, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) amended his legislation on Internet copyrights yesterday, rolling back some of the more dangerous elements. A HJC markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, will take place this Thursday. The original measure amounted [...]

Anti-SOPA Movement Picks Up Steam, With Assist from Laurence Tribe

By: Monday December 12, 2011 9:35 am

This is a big week for the coalition of Web giants, activists and trans-partisan activists working to block Internet censorship legislation that could result in the wholesale takedown of user-generated websites. After a weekend of strategizing, organizers working against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) plan a mass campaign of action to stop advancement of [...]

Real Issues in Foreclosure Fraud Laid Out at House Judiciary Hearing

By: Thursday December 2, 2010 1:54 pm

The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing today, the fourth in a few weeks on Capitol Hill, on foreclosure fraud. And because this was a Judiciary Committee hearing, the focus was a little different. We heard more about standing to foreclose and the whole legal mess in this hearing. Mortgage lenders and their servicers, by [...]

Reid, Senate Really Looking To Strip Insurance Industry Of Anti-Trust Exemption UPDATE: Measure Passes HJC

By: Wednesday October 21, 2009 9:10 am

Harry Reid, facing questions about his toughness in the health care debate, just held an event where he announced that he would strip the insurance industry of the anti-trust law exemption they gained in the 1945 McCarran-Ferguson Act. Leahy, Schumer and I will announce today @ 11:30am ET that we will strip the health ins [...]

Obama Attacks Insurance Industry In Latest YouTube Message

By: Saturday October 17, 2009 9:55 am

The President’s weekly message this week has generated more attention than a lot of the others, because it features him taking his hardest edge yet against the health insurance industry – the kind of message that progressives have wanted him to deliver for some time now. This is the unsustainable path we’re on, and it’s [...]

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