Middlesex, Vermont http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/32753/all en US Senate votes to renew, expand Violence Against Women Act http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130213/us-senate-votes-renew-expand-violence-against-women-act <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Thomas Ferraro</p> <p>WASHINGTON, Feb 12 (Reuters) - With strong bipartisan support, the Democratic-led U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed a White House-backed bill to expand and renew a landmark 1994 law to combat domestic violence.</p> <p>On a 78-22 vote - with 23 Republicans joining 53 Democrats and two independents - the Senate sent the measure to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act to the Republican-led House of Representative for consideration.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130213/us-senate-votes-renew-expand-violence-against-women-act" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Dismissal of United States Attorneys controversy Entertainment Environment Health Middlesex, Vermont Politics Social Issues Violence against women Thomson Reuters Thu, 14 Feb 2013 00:15:43 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5755174 at http://www.globalpost.com Gun-control drive to get first votes in U.S. Congress http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130307/gun-control-drive-get-first-votes-us-congress <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Democratic-led panel expected to back four bills</p> <p>* But unclear which if any of them will win Senate approval</p> <p>* Dispute arises over background checks for gun owners</p> <p>By Thomas Ferraro</p> <p>WASHINGTON, March 7 (Reuters) - Less than three months after the Connecticut school shooting, a campaign to tighten U.S. gun laws that is backed by President Barack Obama will go to its first votes in Congress on Thursday when a U.S. Senate panel meets.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130307/gun-control-drive-get-first-votes-us-congress" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dismissal of United States Attorneys controversy Middlesex, Vermont Politics Politics of the United States Social Issues Thomson Reuters Thu, 07 Mar 2013 06:15:10 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5775753 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 3-U.S. Senate panel backs crackdown on clandestine gun sales http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130307/update-1-gun-control-drive-get-first-votes-us-congress <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* First vote on Obama's gun control proposals</p> <p>* Unclear if measure will win Senate approval</p> <p>* Committee to vote next week on assault weapons ban</p> <p>* Dispute unresolved on background checks for gun owners (Adds Obama comment, study on gun ownership)</p> <p>By Thomas Ferraro</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130307/update-1-gun-control-drive-get-first-votes-us-congress" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dismissal of United States Attorneys controversy Federal Assault Weapons Ban Gun politics Middlesex, Vermont Politics of the United States Social Issues United States Thomson Reuters Thu, 07 Mar 2013 14:46:48 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5776144 at http://www.globalpost.com Senator Leahy says he will move quickly on voting rights bill http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130625/senator-leahy-says-he-will-move-quickly-voting-rights-bill <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy on Tuesday pledged quick action on restoring voting rights protections after the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the landmark law.</p> <p>"I intend to take immediate action to ensure that we will have a strong and reconstituted Voting Rights Act that protects against racial discrimination in voting," Leahy said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130625/senator-leahy-says-he-will-move-quickly-voting-rights-bill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Dismissal of United States Attorneys controversy Hospitality Law Middlesex, Vermont Patrick Leahy Politics Thomson Reuters Tue, 25 Jun 2013 17:32:22 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5867138 at http://www.globalpost.com Supreme Court gay marriage decision helps immigration bill http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130626/supreme-court-gay-marriage-decision-helps-immigration-bill <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Rachelle Younglai</p> <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senators who wanted a gay rights provision added to the sweeping U.S. immigration reform bill backed off on Wednesday after the Supreme Court struck down a key part of the federal law that defined marriage as between a man and a woman.</p> <p>The decision removes one of the last obstacles for the Senate to pass the legislation that would overhaul the country's immigration system and give millions of illegal immigrants a chance to earn citizenship over 13 years.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130626/supreme-court-gay-marriage-decision-helps-immigration-bill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Dismissal of United States Attorneys controversy Hospitality Law Middlesex, Vermont Politics Politics of the United States Social Issues Thomson Reuters Thu, 27 Jun 2013 00:03:41 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5868678 at http://www.globalpost.com Will the U.S. patent bill regain its momentum? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140513/will-the-us-patent-bill-regain-its-momentum <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Diane Bartz</p> <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After flying through the U.S. House of Representatives and winning the support of an influential senator, closely watched legislation aimed at reducing frivolous patent litigation appears to have stalled, at least for now.</p> <p>Since at least early April, Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has been crafting an amendment aimed at reining in "patent assertion entities," or PAEs, companies that critics say use weak patents to file unwarranted infringement lawsuits.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140513/will-the-us-patent-bill-regain-its-momentum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Dismissal of United States Attorneys controversy Environment Health Middlesex, Vermont Patent law Politics Thomson Reuters Tue, 13 May 2014 12:18:17 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6145608 at http://www.globalpost.com Senator Leahy dropping patent bill from committee agenda http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140521/senator-leahy-dropping-patent-bill-committee-agenda <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, said on Wednesday that he was taking a controversial patent bill off the committee's agenda for now.</p> <p>The committee had been attempting to reach agreement on amendments to a bill aimed at reducing patent litigation brought by patent assertion entities, often called "patent trolls" by their critics. The measure is similar to legislation passed overwhelmingly by the House of Representatives in December.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140521/senator-leahy-dropping-patent-bill-committee-agenda" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dismissal of United States Attorneys controversy Middlesex, Vermont Patrick Leahy Patrick Leahy Politics Thomson Reuters Wed, 21 May 2014 19:57:05 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6153405 at http://www.globalpost.com