Press Groups Pressure Senate Leaders to Pass Shield Law

Bill would allow journalists with knowledge of a crime to refuse to testify
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill / AP

A group of the nation’s largest media companies, press organizations, and First Amendment advocacy groups urged Senate leaders to promptly pass a bill that would protect reporters from being compelled to reveal their sources in court.

Democrats Failing to Gain Traction in Texas

Truther in runoff for the Dem nomination for U.S. Senate
Kesha Rogers, Wendy Davis, David Alameel

Democrats have been pouring millions of dollars into the Lone Star state as part of an effort to “turn Texas blue,” but the party’s U.S. Senate runoff between a 9/11 truther and a little-known businessman highlights the party’s continuing struggle to develop competitive candidates in the state.

Sporadic fringe candidate Kesha Rogers and wealthy Dallas dentist David Alameel are locked in a runoff after neither won at least 50 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary in March.

Senators Call for VA Secretary’s Resignation

Obama administration gives Shinseki vote of confidence
President Barack Obama walks to the podium with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki / AP

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is facing numerous calls to resign following a scandal involving dozens of patient deaths and falsified records at a Phoenix VA hospital.

Cornyn Presses Holder on Gun Comments

Gov’t could require gun owners to wear biometric bracelets to operate firearms
Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas) / AP

Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas) is demanding answers from Attorney General Eric Holder on the Justice Department’s pursuit of “smart gun” technology, warning that the government could require all gun owners to wear biometric bracelets to operate their firearms.