The U.S. Senate blocked President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the government’s top civil rights enforcer after Republicans and law enforcement groups objected to his role in the case of a Black Panther activist convicted of killing a white Philadelphia police officer.
“If I can persuade Al Sharpton and Bill O’Reilly to come to the same meeting, there are plenty of people of good faith to get something done,” President Barack Obama said in the White House’s East Room yesterday.
At a museum near the U.S. Capitol three weeks ago, 700 guests sampled bratwurst and vodka and watched the Olympics on a mammoth screen. From the second floor, Comcast Corp.’s David Cohen addressed the crowd, which included the Russian ambassador and a White House official.
Bankers and retailers are resuming their fight over responsibility for losses from cybertheft as Congress weighs responses to a security breach at Target Corp. that exposed data from tens of millions of accounts.
Critics of sweeping U.S. surveillance programs were handed a new weapon in their attempt to limit spying with a privacy board’s report that called mass collection of phone records ineffective and illegal.
Recent cyberattacks on payment systems at Target Corp. and other U.S. retailers show that U.S. laws designed to protect consumer data need updating, lawmakers said at the first of three congressional hearings on the matter.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy unveiled a revised anti-gun-trafficking measure intended to draw more bipartisan support before his panel considers a series of gun-violence bills March 7.