Justice broadens criteria for clemency

Justice broadens criteria for clemency

The Justice Department is broadening the criteria it will use in evaluating clemency petitions from certain federal prisoners and expects the changes to result in thousands of new applications, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday. The new criteria, which will be detailed later this week and are aimed at inmates serving time for nonviolent drug […]

Sorry for your loss. Now, pay off your student loan

Sorry for your loss. Now, pay off your student loan

Some student loan borrowers who had a parent or grandparent co-sign the note are finding that they must immediately pay the loan in full if the relative dies. The Consumer Financial Protect Board says lenders have clauses in their contract that explain this could happen, but many borrowers are not aware of them. The agency’s […]

Republicans bank $31 million for keeping House control

Republicans bank $31 million for keeping House control

The House Republican campaign committee raised almost $10 million in March and has $31.2 million banked to defend the party’s majority, according to financial reports filed Sunday. The National Republican Congressional Committee’s $21.2 million fundraising haul in January, February and March gave the group its best first-quarter showing since 2003. It also puts the committee […]

John Paul Stevens: Politics is factor in retirement

John Paul Stevens: Politics is factor in retirement

John Paul Stevens says he thinks it’s appropriate for Supreme Court justices to factor in political considerations when weighing a decision to retire. “I think certainly it’s natural and an appropriate thing to think about your successor,” the retired justice told ABC’s “This Week” in an interview aired Sunday. Stevens was nominated by Republican President […]

XL pipeline review delay will not delay politics

XL pipeline review delay will not delay politics

Democrats sweating this year’s elections may be hoping that the Obama administration’s latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms. Fat chance. An indefinite extension of the government’s review of the contentious oil pipeline, announced late Friday by the State Department, almost certainly pushes […]