U.S. clemency effort, slow to start, will rely on an army of pro bono lawyers

There were 210,227 federal inmates as of February 19. The population is more than 93 percent male, and a disproportionate number of inmates are black when compared to the country as a whole. It costs the Department of Justice $6.5 billion annually to operate the federal prison system.

More than 35,000 inmates have applied for earlier release, but only a handful had sentences commuted.

    Nuclear deal with Iran gets closer as Netanyahu comes to Washington

    Nuclear deal with Iran gets closer as Netanyahu comes to Washington

    While the Israeli prime minister addresses Congress, Secretary of State John Kerry will be in negotiations.

    Effort to get Chris Kyle the Medal of Honor under fire by veterans

    Effort to get Chris Kyle the Medal of Honor under fire by veterans

    Some veterans have said new legislation takes things too far to honor the former Navy SEAL, murdered in 2013.

    ‘The November War’ relives Fallujah with one squad of Marines

    ‘The November War’ relives Fallujah with one squad of Marines

    The documentary was recently released in its entirety on YouTube.

    ‘Jihadi John’ is a Kuwaiti-born Londoner named Mohammed Emwazi

    ‘Jihadi John’ is a Kuwaiti-born Londoner named Mohammed Emwazi

    The man responsible for beheading Islamic State hostages had long-standing ties to extremist groups.

    New effort to get Chris Kyle the Medal of Honor faces uphill battle

    New effort to get Chris Kyle the Medal of Honor faces uphill battle

    History suggests the push faces significant challenges, especially in an era where it nearly always goes to a service member who performed a single, extraordinary act of valor.

    Senate panel votes to confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general

    Senate panel votes to confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general

    Three Republicans join Democrats in supporting Obama’s pick as the nomination heads to the full Senate.

    This is longest period without a U.S. military combat casualty since 9/11

    This is longest period without a U.S. military combat casualty since 9/11

    CHECKPOINT | The father of an airman who died in Afghanistan points that out to a GOP “hawk.”

    NSA Secrets

    FILE - This June 6, 213 file photo shows the sign outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The NSA has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the intelligence agency broad new powers in 2008, The Washington Post reports. In one case, telephone calls from Washington were intercepted when the city's area code was confused with the dialing code for Egypt.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

    Revelations and reaction

    The National Security Agency has been forced to respond to unprecedented disclosures about its surveillance programs. Those programs have been assailed as a violation of privacy rights by critics and defended as critical to U.S. national security by intelligence officials. Explore our coverage.

    Suspect in ‘American Sniper’ trial guilty of killing 2 men

    Suspect in ‘American Sniper’ trial guilty of killing 2 men

    Eddie Ray Routh was convicted of killing former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and friend Chad Littlefield in a rifle range rampage and faces mandatory life sentences.

    Kerry says major decisions coming on Iran, Ukraine and Islamic State

    Kerry says major decisions coming on Iran, Ukraine and Islamic State

    In Senate testimony, he discusses the debates on those issues but doesn’t give clues about the outcomes.

    U.S. announces record $3 million bounty for alleged Russian hacker

    U.S. announces record $3 million bounty for alleged Russian hacker

    Evgeniy Bogachev, 31, is wanted in the siphoning of more than $100 million from American bank accounts.

    Closing arguments begin in ‘American Sniper’ trial

    Closing arguments begin in ‘American Sniper’ trial

    The trial began Feb. 11 in Stephenville, Tex., and has generated international attention.