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Consumers’ online information needs better protection, Senate committee says

Consumers’ online information needs better protection, Senate committee says

After big breaches of consumer information at major companies, senators are asking for better safeguards against cyber attacks.
Jessica Floum -- Medill News Service

Leahy says Senate will still legislate on NSA spying procedures

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden said Sunday he is concerned about the courts' involvement in President Barack Obama's new security plan.

Bipartisan, bicameral Voting Rights Act bill introduced

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A bipartisan group of House and Senate members has introduced legislation to restore the core Voting Rights Act provision struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.
U.S. Senate turf war looms over Target hacking investigation

U.S. Senate turf war looms over Target hacking investigation

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- At least three Senate committees are fighting for the right to filet U.S. retailer Target for its massive security breach, aides to the various committees said.
The Issue: Is the U.S. turning its back on Syrian refugees?

The Issue: Is the U.S. turning its back on Syrian refugees?

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Is the United States falling tragically short in its response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria, where three years of civil war have claimed about 50,000 civilian lives and produced nearly 2.3 million refugees, half of them children?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Writer
Decision of NSA data collection programs may be near

Decision of NSA data collection programs may be near

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama Thursday met with 16 members of Congress to discuss oversight of National Security Administration surveillance programs.
What Snowden hath wrought

What Snowden hath wrought

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- If President Obama adopts the recommendations of his blue-ribbon panel on the reform of the National Security Agency's massive surveillance program, will the political and legal challenges to that program evaporate like the last few drops of single-malt whiskey in a glass?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, Senior UPI Legal Writer
NSA panel to appear before Senate committee

NSA panel to appear before Senate committee

WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. surveillance programs must be truly reformed and not just for show, a Democratic Senate committee chief said in announcing a hearing on overhaul proposals.
House passes bill to fight patent trolls

House passes bill to fight patent trolls

Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The Innovations Act, a bill to crack down frivolous lawsuits from patent trolls, passed the House 325-91, marking a step to address the increased used of patent litigation.
Ananth Baliga

Anti-surveillance groups seek to use state laws to block NSA

BLUFFDALE, Utah, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- An anti-surveillance coalition says it will push state-level bills that would bar local officials from cooperating with the U.S. National Security Agency.

Ex-contractor jailed in Cuba: 'Abandoned' by U.S.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Ex-U.S. contractor Alan Gross on the fourth anniversary of his Cuba captivity appealed to President Obama to intercede in his case, saying he feels "abandoned."
Senate GOP blocks Obama's appeals court nominee

Senate GOP blocks Obama's appeals court nominee

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Senate Republicans blocked yet another White House nominee to a U.S. appeals court, deepening the party's rift with Democrats over presidential appointments.
NSA chief defends agency actions at House hearing

NSA chief defends agency actions at House hearing

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- The director of the National Security Agency told a congressional hearing Tuesday data about European phone calls were not collected by his agency.

NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander to retire

FORT MEADE, Md., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. National Security Agency chief Gen. Keith Alexander, who has steadfastly defended NSA mass surveillance, plans to retire in five months, the agency said.
FISA Court not a rubber stamp, judge says

FISA Court not a rubber stamp, judge says

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The secret U.S. court overseeing mass surveillance told the Senate it changes 1 in 4 government spying requests, even though it approves almost all of them.
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Patrick Joseph Leahy (pronounced /ˈleɪhiː/; born March 31, 1940) is the senior United States Senator from Vermont and member of the Democratic Party. He is the first and only elected Democratic United States Senator in Vermont's history. He is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Leahy is the second most senior U.S. Senator, and second longest-serving Democrat in the U.S. Senate having served since 1975.

Leahy was born in Montpelier, Vermont, the son of Alba (née Zambon) and Howard Francis Leahy, a printer. His grandparents came to Vermont from Ireland and Italy during the 19th century to work at quarries.

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 and remains the only Democrat elected to the Senate from Vermont. He was also the first non-Republican Senator from Vermont since 1856.

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