WASHINGTON — The Obama administration sought on Wednesday to revive
legislation that would provide greater protections to reporters from
penalties for refusing to identify confidential sources, and that would
enable journalists to ask a federal judge to quash subpoenas for their
phone records, a White House official said.
The official said that President Obama’s Senate liaison, Ed Pagano,
called Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, who is a chief
proponent of a so-called media shield law, on Wednesday morning and
asked him to reintroduce a bill that he had pushed in 2009.