February 25, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
US President Barack Obama issued his third presidential veto Tuesday, rejecting the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act for circumventing national interest determinations. Objections to the heavily-Republican supported bill raised environmental concerns, and Obama had previously voiced his intention ...[read more]
February 16, 2015
by William Helbling
The Utah House of Representatives on Friday narrowly approved House Bill 11, which would allow for executions by firing squad. The goal of the legislation is to provide an alternative execution method to lethal injection, as supplies of the traditional drugs have become scarce. HB 11, which was ...[read more]
February 13, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
The Senate Armed Services committee narrowly advanced a bill on Thursday that would prevent most detainee transfers out of Guantanamo until after President Barack Obama leaves office. The White House has vowed to veto the legislation. The bill, sponsored by Senator Kelly Ayotte and supported by ...[read more]
February 12, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The US House of Representatives passed the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act Wednesday and sent the bill to President Barack Obama, who has vowed to veto the legislation. The bill passed the House by a vote of 270-152 and passed the Senate two weeks by a vote of 62-36, meaning neither chamber ...[read more]
February 4, 2015
by Sarah Steers
After Fidel Castro's authoritarian regime took control of Cuba in 1959, the US responded in 1960 by imposing a trade embargo- a prohibition against commercial, financial and economic dealings with Cuba enforced over time by a minimum of six statutes. In 1961, the US severed diplomatic relations ...[read more]
January 30, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The US Senate on Thursday approved the Keystone XL Pipeline Bill, which proposes development of a 1,179 mile pipeline for the transmission of crude oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The Republican-led Senate approved the bill in a 62 to 36 vote, with only nine Democrats joining the ...[read more]
January 28, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Nominee for the position of US Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, stood before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday. Lynch, a US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, will face two days of hearings led by Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa. In her opening statement to the ...[read more]
January 17, 2015
by Zachariah Rivenbark
12/09/2014: UN rights expert urged prosecution of US officials responsible for torture 12/09/2014: Senate report concluded enhanced interrogation techniques 'ineffective' 11/28/2014: UN report criticized US compliance with anti-torture treaty 09/07/2014: CIA used 'extreme' torture methods ...[read more]
January 17, 2015
by Sarah Steers
Shortly before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence declassified the torture report, the UN Committee Against Torture released their own report condemning the US for failure to comply with the international Convention Against Torture treaty. Following the December 9, 2014 release of the ...[read more]
January 17, 2015
by Allison Hall
The US Senate started its investigation of the CIA's post 9/11 detention and interrogation methods over five years ago. The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence reviewed over 6 million CIA documents and heard substantial testimony over the course of the investigation. The Senate concluded in ...[read more]

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