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Jun 3, 2014 1:28 PM by Associated Press

Shield law backers sense momentum after House vote

WASHINGTON (AP) - Supporters of legislation to protect reporters from being compelled to name confidential sources are claiming new momentum after a recent surprise vote in the GOP-controlled House and in advance of a possible Senate debate this summer.

Last week's 225-183 House vote came on an amendment by Florida Democrat Alan Grayson that would block the Justice Department from compelling journalists to testify about confidential information or sources. Grayson won over 53 Republicans despite opposition from top party leaders.

On Monday the Supreme Court declined to intervene in the case of New York Times reporter James Risen, who has been subpoenaed and could go to jail for not revealing the source of classified information for a book that detailed the CIA's efforts against Iran's nuclear program.

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