Immigration Reform: Prospects for passage of a major immigration bill have improved after a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House of Representatives on Thursday declared they had reached a tentative deal, Reuters reports.
Smear Campaign?: Months after the FBI began probing allegations against Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), investigators are looking at whether someone set out to smear him, the Washington Post reports. Three Dominican women said in court documents in March that they had been paid to make up stories about Menendez paying them for sex.
Med-Mal Truce: In Georgia, physicians and plaintiffs’ lawyers have declared a narrow truce. The state has enacted the nation’s first “provider shield” statute, which aims to protect doctors from malpractice suits based on payment-policy standards established by the Affordable Care Act, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.
Oops: The U.S. Marshals Service lost two former participants in the federal Witness Security Program “identified as known or suspected terrorists,” according to the public summary of an interim Justice Department Inspector General’s report obtained by CNN.
Internet Wiretaps: If law enforcement is allowed to intercept Internet audio and video chats, it could pose “serious security risks” to ordinary Internet users, giving thieves and even foreign agents a way to listen in on Americans’ conversations, undetected, The New York Times reports.