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December 16, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - The Senate confirmed Jeh Johnson as the next secretary of Homeland Security on Monday, capping a smooth approval process for the high-profile post. The former Pentagon general counsel will take office this week after a 78-16 vote, succeeding Janet Napolitano, who left in September to become president of the University of California system. An array of former officials from Democratic and Republican administrations, including all three former department secretaries, endorsed Johnson.
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April 16, 2014 | By Brian Bennett and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - Obama administration officials are considering allowing bond hearings for immigrants in prolonged detention, officials said, a shift that could slow the pace of deportations because immigration courts expedite cases of incarcerated immigrants. Several thousand immigrants could be released from jails across the country if judges are allowed to hear their cases and grant bond, advocates say. The proposal is one of several being floated as the White House scrambles to ease the concerns of Latino groups and other traditional allies that have turned on President Obama in recent weeks.
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NEWS
October 17, 2013 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - President Obama plans to nominate former top Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson to be secretary of Homeland Security, a senior administration official confirmed Thursday. Obama is expected to make the announcement Friday afternoon at the White House, the official said. Johnson would succeed Janet Napolitano, who left in July to become president of the University of California system. In choosing Johnson, Obama is promoting the lawyer known for leading the way on reforms to the military commissions system at the Guantanamo Bay prison.
NATIONAL
April 7, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE - A day after the secretary of homeland security and the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency toured the site of the deadly landslide in Washington state, authorities announced Monday that they have found the remains of three more victims, bringing the death toll to 33. Only three of those killed in the March 22 disaster, which left a square mile of debris spread over the town of Oso, are still unidentified, the Snohomish County...
NEWS
December 20, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - After heated debate, the Senate narrowly approved President Obama's controversial pick for the No. 2 job at the Department of Homeland Security on Friday morning. Alejandro Mayorkas will be the deputy Homeland Security secretary following a 54-41 vote. No Republicans voted “yes.” Mayorkas will report to the new Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson, who was confirmed Tuesday. Shortly after that vote, John Koskinen was confirmed as commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and Brian Davis was slated for approval later Friday as a district judge in Florida.
NATIONAL
April 7, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE - A day after the secretary of homeland security and the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency toured the site of the deadly landslide in Washington state, authorities announced Monday that they have found the remains of three more victims, bringing the death toll to 33. Only three of those killed in the March 22 disaster, which left a square mile of debris spread over the town of Oso, are still unidentified, the Snohomish County...
NEWS
December 13, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Senate leaders on Friday called a cease-fire in a weeklong fight over the chamber's new rules that limit filibusters, ending a nearly 48-hour marathon session. In the end, senators' aversion to what would have been a rare weekend session trumped the desire to score political points. Republicans had been dragging out debate over nominations to protest the move by the Democratic majority late last month to all but eliminate the minority's ability to filibuster presidential nominations.
NEWS
December 11, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - After a contentious debate, a Senate panel on Wednesday approved President Obama's pick for the No. 2 job at the Department of Homeland Security without a single Republican vote. The party-line maneuver opens the way for the nominee, Alejandro Mayorkas, formerly the top federal prosecutor in Los Angeles and now head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, to be confirmed under new Senate rules that permit confirmation with a majority vote. Republicans objected because the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general has been scrutinizing Mayorkas over allegations that he intervened in a visa program for foreign investors.
NEWS
December 10, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted 56-38 Tuesday to seat Patricia Millett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the first confirmation under new Senate filibuster rules and one that gives the influential panel a majority of Democratic-nominated judges for the first time in nearly three decades. Previously, the confirmation of Millett, along with those of two other nominees President Obama named to the court this past summer, had been blocked by Republican filibusters.
NATIONAL
December 20, 2013 | By Brian Bennett and Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - In its last workday of the year, the Democratic-controlled Senate overcame GOP objections Friday to confirm two high-profile Obama nominees to the Department of Homeland Security and the Internal Revenue Service, but put off final approval of Federal Reserve chairwoman candidate Janet L. Yellen until January as part of a late-night cease-fire so lawmakers could adjourn for the holiday recess. After heated debate, the Senate narrowly approved Alejandro Mayorkas, President Obama's controversial pick for the No. 2 job at Homeland Security, in a 54-41 vote.
NATIONAL
March 14, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - Under orders by President Obama to enforce immigration laws "more humanely," Homeland Security officials are focusing on at least two major policy changes that would slow the pace of deportations of immigrants in the U.S. illegally. But the White House has tentatively rejected proposals to expand an Obama administration program to allow the parents of young people who were brought to the country illegally to stay. Officials said Friday that the changes under review would effectively stop most deportations of foreigners with no criminal convictions other than immigration violations, and focus enforcement efforts instead mostly at those charged or convicted of felony crimes or who pose more of a threat to public safety.
NEWS
December 20, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - After heated debate, the Senate narrowly approved President Obama's controversial pick for the No. 2 job at the Department of Homeland Security on Friday morning. Alejandro Mayorkas will be the deputy Homeland Security secretary following a 54-41 vote. No Republicans voted “yes.” Mayorkas will report to the new Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson, who was confirmed Tuesday. Shortly after that vote, John Koskinen was confirmed as commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and Brian Davis was slated for approval later Friday as a district judge in Florida.
NATIONAL
December 20, 2013 | By Brian Bennett and Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - In its last workday of the year, the Democratic-controlled Senate overcame GOP objections Friday to confirm two high-profile Obama nominees to the Department of Homeland Security and the Internal Revenue Service, but put off final approval of Federal Reserve chairwoman candidate Janet L. Yellen until January as part of a late-night cease-fire so lawmakers could adjourn for the holiday recess. After heated debate, the Senate narrowly approved Alejandro Mayorkas, President Obama's controversial pick for the No. 2 job at Homeland Security, in a 54-41 vote.
NATIONAL
December 16, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - The Senate confirmed Jeh Johnson as the next secretary of Homeland Security on Monday, capping a smooth approval process for the high-profile post. The former Pentagon general counsel will take office this week after a 78-16 vote, succeeding Janet Napolitano, who left in September to become president of the University of California system. An array of former officials from Democratic and Republican administrations, including all three former department secretaries, endorsed Johnson.
NEWS
December 13, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Senate leaders on Friday called a cease-fire in a weeklong fight over the chamber's new rules that limit filibusters, ending a nearly 48-hour marathon session. In the end, senators' aversion to what would have been a rare weekend session trumped the desire to score political points. Republicans had been dragging out debate over nominations to protest the move by the Democratic majority late last month to all but eliminate the minority's ability to filibuster presidential nominations.
NEWS
December 11, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - After a contentious debate, a Senate panel on Wednesday approved President Obama's pick for the No. 2 job at the Department of Homeland Security without a single Republican vote. The party-line maneuver opens the way for the nominee, Alejandro Mayorkas, formerly the top federal prosecutor in Los Angeles and now head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, to be confirmed under new Senate rules that permit confirmation with a majority vote. Republicans objected because the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general has been scrutinizing Mayorkas over allegations that he intervened in a visa program for foreign investors.
NATIONAL
April 16, 2014 | By Brian Bennett and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - Obama administration officials are considering allowing bond hearings for immigrants in prolonged detention, officials said, a shift that could slow the pace of deportations because immigration courts expedite cases of incarcerated immigrants. Several thousand immigrants could be released from jails across the country if judges are allowed to hear their cases and grant bond, advocates say. The proposal is one of several being floated as the White House scrambles to ease the concerns of Latino groups and other traditional allies that have turned on President Obama in recent weeks.
NATIONAL
March 14, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - Under orders by President Obama to enforce immigration laws "more humanely," Homeland Security officials are focusing on at least two major policy changes that would slow the pace of deportations of immigrants in the U.S. illegally. But the White House has tentatively rejected proposals to expand an Obama administration program to allow the parents of young people who were brought to the country illegally to stay. Officials said Friday that the changes under review would effectively stop most deportations of foreigners with no criminal convictions other than immigration violations, and focus enforcement efforts instead mostly at those charged or convicted of felony crimes or who pose more of a threat to public safety.
NEWS
December 10, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted 56-38 Tuesday to seat Patricia Millett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the first confirmation under new Senate filibuster rules and one that gives the influential panel a majority of Democratic-nominated judges for the first time in nearly three decades. Previously, the confirmation of Millett, along with those of two other nominees President Obama named to the court this past summer, had been blocked by Republican filibusters.
NATIONAL
November 13, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration's choice to lead the Homeland Security Department soared through his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday with little of the usual partisan politics that have blocked many of the president's recent nominees. Jeh Johnson, a former top Defense Department lawyer, faced some pointed questions but almost no opposition from senators, who generally prefaced their questions with praise for him and his qualifications. "Fortunately for our nation, he is a strong leader and well prepared to face the challenges that will await him," said Sen. Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.)
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