In May, the House will vote on whether to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt for her role in the agency’s targeting of conservative groups, according to a memo released Friday by House Republicans. The memo from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said the contempt vote would proceed unless Lerner agrees to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about the targeting scandal.
There’s an unlikely alliance forming between tea party Republicans and Democrats in the Senate could result in relief for thousands of federal inmates imprisoned under outdated drug sentences that treated crack cocaine dealing as a far greater offense than selling powder cocaine. But this isn’t moving fast enough for Obama through congress, so he plans to issue executive orders to relieve crack offenders by giving them clemency.
On Thursday Obama commutetd the sentences of eight people he said were serving unduly harsh drug sentences in the most expansive use yet of his power to free inmates. In total, 8 were sentenced under old federal guidelines that treated convictions for crack cocaine offenses harsher than those involving the powder form of the drug. Obama also pardoned 13 others for various crimes.
The DOJ’s internal watchdog said Thursday, that the FBI has been using drones to support its law enforcement operations since 2006 and has spent more than $3 million on the unmanned aircraft.
This informations comes from a new DOJ report from inspector general, Michael Horowitz, who revealed that the department also has awarded $1.26 million to at least seven local police departments and non-profit organization for drones.
The battle over national voter ids is once again set to hit center stage in 2013, as it is expected for a flurry of new laws and legal challenges will be in the news. The Supreme Court is also expected to rule on the Voting Rights Act later this year.
Businesses and Senate Republicans have forced a courtroom showdown with Obama on Wednesday asking a federal appeals court to invalidate his surprise appointments to a labor board in January.
Attorneys for a House Committee in its civil-contempt lawsuit against Attorney General Eric Holder are urging a federal judge not to throw out the case, arguing that to do so would “tilt the balance of powers” between Congress and the White House.