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Congressman Delivers Emotional “Thank You” to Capitol Police

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Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX) spoke following last week’s shooting at a practice session for the Congressional baseball game. Rep. Williams’ staffer, Zach Barth, was among those shot, but is expected to fully recover.

Historic Legal Victory for CIA Torture Victims

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For the first time, a federal judge allowed a CIA torture lawsuit to continue. The civil suit, filed by victims of “enhanced interrogation” against James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, two CIA-contracted psychologists will move forward despite urgings from the psychologists’ lawyers to throw out the case.

House Passes Bill to Combat International Wildlife Trafficking

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This week the House approved legislation that will allow the U.S. and partner nations to counter terrorist organizations, rebel groups, and international criminal syndicates that profit from international wildlife trafficking.

Law Enforcement Unhappy with Sentencing Reform Act Revisions

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After conservatives expressed fears that the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (SRCA) would release violent felons, top republicans have incorporated new edits into the bill. These changes, however, only appear to anger more constituents, including law enforcement officers.

Lawmaker Moves to Restore ATF Enforcement Powers

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A new House bill would restore former enforcement powers to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and remove the requirement for Senate to confirm its director.

Post Paris, Refugee Issue Threatens Government Funding

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Last month, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (R), chairman of the Senate appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over the State Department and refugee issues introduced legislation (S. 2145) to provide an additional $1 billion in FY2016 funding to bolster refugee resettlement efforts.

President Trump Fires Comey, Now What?

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Update: In a series of Twitter posts early Friday morning, President Trump warned Comey against leaking any negative information about the President, and told the news media he may cancel future White House press briefings.

“James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

Sanctuary Cities Bill Blocked in Senate

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On Tuesday this week, legislation (S. 2146) sponsored by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) to crack down on so-called “sanctuary cities” by withholding funds from local governments who don’t cooperate with federal immigration officials failed to advance on a largely party-line vote of 54-45.

This Week on FEDtalk

Ethics and Accountability for Government Attorneys

Tune in to FEDtalk this week for a discussion of ethics and accountability in the federal government. The guests will cover the Professional Review process for government attorneys and other government ethics considerations.

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FLEOA Scores Legal Victory for Agents with Hearing Loss

Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) National President Nathan Catura released a statement earlier this week that detailed a settlement impacting agents with hearing loss.

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