Laura Sullivan

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Justice Department Supports Native Americans In Child Welfare Case

Friday, August 29, 2014

For the first time, the department wades into a federal district court case involving the Indian Child Welfare Act, a law meant to keep Native American families together.


A Tax Bill Killed By The Push And Pull Of Politics On The Hill

Monday, August 04, 2014

Sometimes seemingly nonsensical moves — like most of what happens behind the scenes on Capitol Hill — are deftly calculated plays for political survival.


Senate Bill Would Fine Colleges For Mismanaging Campus Rape Cases

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A group of senators has introduced legislation aimed at combating sexual assault on college campuses. It would force schools to handle accusations more aggressively and provide advocates for victims.


Ghost Cats And Musket Balls: Stories Told By Capitol Interns

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Giving Capitol tours to constituents is a primary duty of Hill interns. They provide a great deal of information, but sometimes they're a little short on actual history.


Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Republicans say a sting in which false identities were used to sign up for health care has revealed a major problem. Democrats question the premise that people would try to steal insurance.


Senate Re-Authorizes Government's Role In Terrorism Insurance

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Senate has voted to reauthorize terrorism risk insurance, to help businesses stay solvent in the event of attacks. The bill faces a tougher road in the House, where some Republicans want to reduce the potential price tag for taxpayers.


Senate Democrats Aim To Overturn High Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The measure is unlikely to pass, however, they are hoping to give Democrats a boost in contested states this fall by getting single female voters fired up to head to the polls.


Lawmakers Unearth Failures To Investigate Campus Sex Crimes

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

According to survey results released by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., many American colleges are breaking the law by failing to respond to sexual assault allegations on campus.

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Lawmakers' Step Back Toward Disclosure Driven By Optics

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The House Ethics Committee is undoing a recent change to its annual financial disclosure form that deleted information about free trips members have taken. Members had explained the change as a way to streamline paperwork, particularly when more detailed information is available elsewhere. They decided the bad publicity wasn't worth the trouble.


VA Bill Was An Easy Sell, But Some Senators Still Feel Sticker Shock

Friday, June 20, 2014

A preliminary analysis by the Congressional Budget Office says that a Veterans Affairs bill recently passed by the Senate could cost $50 billion per year. No lawmaker wants to vote against veterans, but the price tag has a lot of lawmakers nervous.


From The Border To The Hill, Influx Of Immigrant Kids Draws Concern

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Jeh Johnson, the secretary of homeland security, addresses questions about the flood of unaccompanied immigrant children and their detention in an immigrant system built for adults.


Las Vegas Shooting Returns Police Attention To Bundy's Ranch

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Las Vegas police are now confirming that law enforcement officials made three prior contacts with the suspects of a recent shooting spree that left five people dead, including two police officers. Authorities found no indication during those visits that Jerad Miller and his wife, Amanda, planned to carry out violence. The couple's anti-government and anti-law enforcement sentiments continue to be the focus of the investigation.


Paroled From Life Sentences, Aging Ex-Cons Find World That Didn't Wait

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Out from behind bars for the first time in decades, they attempt to make their way in a fast-paced world, still unsure if they deserve that chance.


Life After 'Life': Aging Inmates Struggle For Redemption

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

A Colorado program for long-term offenders helps a group of aging ex-cons as they attempt to make their way in a fast-paced world and rejoin a society that is not sure they deserve that chance.


Rep. Murphy Aims For Mental Health Bill To Pass Before Next Shooting

Friday, May 30, 2014

The latest mass shooting has lawmakers on Capitol Hill talking again about overhauling the mental health system. On Thursday, psychologists and others urged Congress to do more.


Colombian Rebel Group Becomes World's Oldest Guerrilla Army

Friday, May 30, 2014

In May 1964, the Marxist guerrilla group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC, began its fight to overthrow the Colombian government. Fifty years later, the FARC is still fighting.

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Library Of Congress Searches For Missing Jefferson Books

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Staffers at the Library of Congress have been looking for 250 books that belonged to Thomas Jefferson. He gave these books and several thousand more to start the library more than 200 years ago.


The Executioner's Lament

Thursday, May 08, 2014

When things go wrong during an execution, the people responsible for carrying it out experience stressful, chaotic scenes. But even when the process goes right, it can take a lasting toll.


Effort To Force Treatment On Severely Mentally Ill Meets Resistance

Thursday, May 01, 2014

An uneasy fact emerges from the two dozen mass shootings in this country over the past decade: The majority of those pulling the trigger have been severely mentally ill and not receiving treatment.


Enforcing Prison Rape Elimination Standards Proves Tricky

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Thirteen years in the making, the Prison Rape Elimination Act is starting to have an impact. Texas Gov. Rick Perry says it's "ill-conceived," but many other states are adopting the law's standards.