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NSA director: Ending phone collection program a risk

NSA director: Ending phone collection program a risk

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. National Security Administration director said to discontinue bulk collection of phone records would mean an inability to avert a terrorist attack.

Tech leaders seek curbs on NSA data collection

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Tech leaders, alarmed by revelations of U.S. spying, have called for restraints on the National Security Agency's collection and use of information.

Senate panel takes on mammoth immigration bill

WASHINGTON, May 9 (UPI) -- A U.S. Senate committee Thursday began the arduous process of marking up proposed legislation overhauling the nation's immigration laws.
Senate group mulls merit-based path to legal residence based on skills

Senate group mulls merit-based path to legal residence based on skills

WASHINGTON, April 12 (UPI) -- The bipartisan group of U.S. senators' immigration blueprint includes a program that would grant permanent legal residence based on work skills, aides said.

Bill would loosen sentencing guidelines

WASHINGTON, March 21 (UPI) -- Legislation to loosen federal mandatory minimum prison sentencing has been introduced in the U.S. Senate by senators from both sides of the political aisle.
Clinton defends State Department budget

Clinton defends State Department budget

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tuesday faced opposition from Democrats and Republicans in a hearing on the State Department's $51.6 billion budget request.
Dem. Shumlin leading Vt. governor's race

Dem. Shumlin leading Vt. governor's race

MONTPELIER, Vt., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Democrat Peter Shumlin held a slight lead over Republican Brian Dubie in a close race for Vermont's governorship that might be decided by the Legislature.

Mukasey draws Democrats' ire

WASHINGTON, July 20 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey is in the cross-hairs of Democratic lawmakers who say the Justice Department has been politicized by the White House.

Smithsonian regents balk at $5m donation

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- The Smithsonian Institution may delay a $5 million donation from the American Petroleum Institute for an oceans exhibit.

Judiciary chairs want AG 2005 opinions

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Congressional leaders Thursday asked the U.S. Justice Department for secret legal opinions in 2005 that authorized use of harsh interrogation techniques.

White House misses document deadline

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- White House officials face contempt charges for failing to submit documents related to the warrantless surveillance program, it was reported.

Detainee transfers concern U.S. senators

WASHINGTON, July 14 (UPI) -- A growing number of Democratic U.S. senators fear detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, may be transferred to countries where they might be tortured.

Bush to block aide's subpoena

WASHINGTON, July 8 (UPI) -- President Bush will invoke executive privilege to keep a former aide to Karl Rove from testifying in the U.S. attorney probe, The Washington Times said.

Former U.S. attorney defends Mo. charges

WASHINGTON, June 6 (UPI) -- Former interim U.S. Attorney Bradley J. Schlozman defended an indictment he sought despite criticism it affected a 2006 U.S. Senate race.

U.S. attorneys probe expanded

WASHINGTON, May 31 (UPI) -- The investigation into firings of several U.S. attorneys has been expanded into the hiring practices at the U.S. Justice Department.
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Senator Patrick J. Leahy poses questions to Attorney General John Ashcroft while he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the federal government's counterterrorism efforts in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on June 8, 2004 in Washington, D.C. Ashcroft defended the administration concerning the incidents of torture in Iraq. (UPI Photo/Greg Whitesell)
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Patrick Joseph Leahy (pronounced /ˈleɪhiː/; born March 31, 1940) is the senior United States Senator from Vermont. He is a member of the Democratic Party, the first and only elected Democratic United States Senator in Vermont's history and the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Leahy is the second most senior U.S. Senator.

Leahy was born in Montpelier, Vermont, the son of Alba (née Zambon) and Howard Francis Leahy, a printer. His father was Irish-American and his mother Italian-American. His family roots are traced back to Irish immigrants in Montreal, Quebec and his wife's family is from Quebec. He has a brother, John, and a sister, Mary.

Leahy graduated from Saint Michael's College in 1961 and received his J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1964. He practiced as a lawyer until he was elected for four terms as State's Attorney of Chittenden County from 1966 to 1974. Leahy was elected to the United States Senate for the first time in 1974 (at 34, he was the youngest U.S. Senator ever to be elected by Vermont). Leahy was the first Democrat elected to the Senate from Vermont and remains the only Democrat to have been elected Senator from Vermont. He was also the first non-Republican Senator from Vermont since 1856.

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