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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 clears nomination of new FBI head

The Senate Judiciary Committee has unanimously approved the nomination of James Comey (KOH'-mee) to be director of the FBI, clearing the way for a full Senate vote. Full story

Holder: Congress must stop ‘voting rights discrimination’

The AG called Monday for "new legislation to fill the void left by the Court’s ruling." 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

Senator Klobuchar urges FTC to get tougher on abusive patent lawsuits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Amy Klobuchar, the chairwoman of the Senate Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel, urged the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday to consider enforcement actions against companies that file abusive patent lawsuits or threaten to do so. 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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  Immigration reform and LGBT rights: Giving ground to get rights?

In a 13-5 vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would overhaul immigration but at the expense of gay and lesbian couples. Is it one step backward, two steps forward when it comes to immigration? The NOW panel discusses.

  Following Senate vote, a virtual march for immigration reform

In a 13-5 vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would overhaul immigration. AOL co-founder and head of venture capital firm Revolution, Steve Case, joins Morning Joe to discuss the Senate vote and the virtual march in favor of immigration reform.

  Immigration reform bill survives first hurdle, passes Senate committee

The immigration bill passed a key hurdle today: the Senate Judiciary Committee. Chris Hayes discusses what this means, as well as other big issues on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

  No one seems to be talking about the immigration bill amendments

The Senate Judiciary Committee began considering 300 amendments to overhaul the nation's immigration laws on Thursday. Chris Hayes is joined by Janet Murguia, president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza, to discuss some of those amendments.

  Will Sri Srinivasan's confirmation process be seamless?

Next Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will take up the confirmation of Sri Srinivasan, President Obama's latest nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest joins the discussion.

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John Inglis, deputy director of the National Security Agency, leaves after testifying at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill July 31, 2013 in Washington, DC. The committee held the hearing on privacy rights and oversight related to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act am

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FBI Director nominee James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination. Comey spent 15 years as a federal prosecutor before serving in the George W. Bush administration, where he is best known for facing down

File photo of FBI director nominee James Comey while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington
File photo of FBI director nominee James Comey while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington

FBI director nominee James Comey laughs while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington in this July 9, 2013 file photo. Former Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Comey, a Republican who gained fame when he refused to sanction a government surveillance initiative

FBI director nominee James Comey sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington
FBI director nominee James Comey sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington

FBI director nominee James Comey is sworn in before testifying at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington July 9, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron