Heritage Action, the angry conservative id that has swallowed the Heritage Foundation (and much of the House Republican Conference) whole, just announced that it will treat Janet Yellen’s nomination for chairman of the Federal Reserve as a “key” vote. The designation is intended to pressure Republican senators, who presumably risk being labeled soft on monetarism if they vote to elevate Yellen.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, and Senator Michael Lee, a Utah Republican, introduced legislation to protect businesses and innovators who are targeted by so-called patent trolls.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he’s weighing a change to the chamber’s rules on handling nominations after Republicans blocked three of President Barack Obama’s choices for a federal appeals court in the past month.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said he supports a bill to let companies such as Facebook Inc. and Apple Inc. release statistics on data they turn over to the U.S. National Security Agency.
For the second time in two weeks, U.S. Senate Republicans blocked one of President Barack Obama’s nominees for a federal appeals court considered the nation’s second-highest because of its influence over government regulations.
Pepper Hamilton LLP opened a Silicon Valley office yesterday with a team of lawyers from Goodwin Procter LLP. The office is the firm’s third outpost in California and first in the northern part of the state.
Facebook Inc., Apple Inc. and four other U.S. technology companies asked lawmakers to restrain the National Security Agency, saying they want to “counter erroneous reports” they give intelligence agencies direct access to their servers.