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Leahy, NSA clash over number of thwarted plots

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy and the Obama administration are clashing over how many terrorist plots might have been thwarted through the secret collection of Americans' phone records since 2006. Full story

Senate committee moving forward on Voting Rights Act

Civil rights icon John Lewis is set to testify at the Senate Judiaciary Committee's first hearing on the way forward in the wake Supreme Court's ruling that disabled the Voting Rights Act. Full story

FBI nominee says surveillance can be valuable tool

The Obama administration's nominee to become the next FBI director, James Comey, told members of Congress on Tuesday that federal judges who oversee government intelligence programs are "anything but a rubber stamp." But Comey also agreed to work with legislators to improve the laws governing survei Full story

Comey on waterboarding: 'This is torture'

   Watch the exchange between FBI Director nominee and former U.S. Attorney James Comey and Sen. Patrick Leahy about waterboarding.

Key U.S. Democratic senator sees review of Egypt aid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate subcommittee that oversees foreign aid, said on Wednesday that his panel would review the $1.5 billion in annual assistance the country sends to Egypt in the wake of the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi. Full story

Democratic senator wants new oversight of surveillance programs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Patrick Leahy, introduced a bill on Monday seeking to rein in the sweeping U.S. government surveillance programs exposed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Full story

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  Lawmakers analyze the Syria impact

Sen. Patrick Leahy and fellow Capitol Hill leaders discuss the U.S. strategy moving forward in Syria.

  Full Senate expected to vote on gun trafficking bill

The first of the new gun bills inspired by the Newtown shooting tragedy is out of committee and on its way to a full Senate vote. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss.

  Sen. Leahy sworn in as Senate Pro Tempore

On Tuesday Vice President Joe Biden swore in Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, who will become the third in line in succession for the U.S. presidency. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

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Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont turns his camera on reporters in Havana February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., left, gestures to an example of a drone held by a staff member, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday March 20, 2013, during the committee's hearing to examine the future of drones in America, focusing on law enforcement and privacy c

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy , D-VT, chats with Ranking Member Chuck Grassley , R-IA, before the Senate Judiciary Committee on S.744, the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act."

Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont speaks to reporters as a street entertainer impersonating Cuban Revolution leader Che Guevara stands beside him in Havana
Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont speaks to reporters as a street entertainer impersonating Cuban Revolution leader Che Guevara stands beside him in Havana

Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont speaks to reporters as a street entertainer impersonating Cuban Revolution leader Che Guevara stands beside him in Havana February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan