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Marijuana Legalization Could Get a Boost in a Democratic Senate
Advocates hope for better reception to sweeping pot bill, now stalled

Marijuana legalization advocates hope that Vermont Sen. Patrick J. Leahy can push through a sweeping bill if he becomes Judiciary Committee chairman under a Democrat-controlled Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The momentum toward marijuana legalization — already accelerated this year by a raft of state ballot measures — could get an even bigger boost if Democrats win control of the Senate.

That’s partly because the controlling party will choose the chairman of the committee that determines whether a sweeping marijuana proposal advances or dies.

Grassley: Democrats Could Force a Vote on Nominee
Little-used maneuver could bring up consideration of Supreme Court appointment

Grassley, seen here with actor John Robinson as Ben Franklin, says Democrats could force a vote but they won't win. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — A top Republican senator said Monday he expects Democrats to force at least a procedural vote on President Barack Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, challenging the GOP's insistence that the appointment be left for the next president.  

Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, said Democrats will likely try a maneuver known as a motion to discharge to move the nomination out of the committee and onto the Senate floor.  

Grassley Says Obama's Immigration Action Worse Than King George (Video)

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The next chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said President Barack Obama's expected executive actions would go beyond the dreams of even King George III.  

As Democrats were gathering at the White House for a meeting with Obama ahead of the formal announcement of the immigration moves in a Thursday evening address to the nation , Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, was on the floor of the Senate speaking about a series of administration actions that Republicans have found objectionable, ranging from the use of recess appointments to the transfer of five Taliban prisoners out of the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.  

Leahy, Grassley Weigh-in on Barron Nomination, Drone Memo

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Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy is praising the White House decision's to grant all senators access to a memo regarding the legal basis for drone strike killing of Anwar al-Awlaki.  

"I applaud the administration for making available to all Senators the Justice Department memo regarding Anwar Al Awlaki. All members of the Judiciary Committee were previously able to review this memo, and I am glad all Senators will have the opportunity to do so now," the Vermont Democrat said in a statement.  

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