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Transparency Comes to the World of Political Advertising...If You Can Read the
Radio stations and cable TV will soon need to disclose online the political ad spending of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and other candidates -- but don’t expect instant clarity.
The U.S. Federal ...more
How G.W. Bush got to be President
Boy's murder conviction sharpens debate on whether juveniles are fit to waive rights
Joseph, 10, had just told police he shot his father while he slept. The father had threatened to remove smoke ...more
Brown v. Board of Ed. of Topeka, Kansas
The Age of Super PACs
Campaign Money With No Fingerprints
Rural America is becoming more diverse politically
Thank retired baby-boomers
FOR Americans who love road trips but despise Democrats, the Obama years have been a golden age. Rural America does not like this president—an antipathy that only deepened ...more
A brief history of populism
What is populism?
Broadly speaking, it's the belief that the will of ordinary citizens should prevail over that of a privileged elite. Throughout American history, movements based on anti-elitism ...more
Hillary Clinton’s Authenticity Problem, and Ours
Is Hillary Rodham Clintonnot presenting her true self
to voters? As with candidates like Mitt Romney
and Al Gore
, claims that she is inauthentic
have fueled endless cycles of negative coverage of her ...more
Representative Sam Farr Ideology & Leadership Score
Court revokes approval of insecticide, citing 'alarming' decline in bees
Yes, the White House also uses name tents
Sen. Mikulski's Support Ensures Iran Deal Will Withstand GOP Challenge
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Senator Barbara Mikulski, Maryland Democrat, to Retire
WASHINGTON — Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, the animated and occasionally irascible Democrat from Maryland who rose from being a community organizer to become the longest-serving woman in Congress, ...more
Supreme Court Refuses To Block Arizona Driver's Licenses For 'Dreamers'
The Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., voted against Arizona's appeal, which would have allowed a state ban on driver's licenses for young undocumented immigrants.
Arizona hoped an appeal to the U.S. ...more
California adopts college sex crime rule
California has become the first US state to require students on state-funded campuses to have clear, active consent before all sexual activity.
Governor Jerry Brown signed the "yes means yes" bill, ...more
Why Police Don't Need Warrants to Snoop With Drones
Imagine that you lived in a house with a relatively private backyard: fences on all three sides, trees around the perimeter, and no easy way for the neighbors to peek in. Say you're out there playing ...more
Still Don't Think CA Propositions are Important?
If Your Vote Doesn’t Really Count, Is There Anything You Can Do?
"...the most important social divide today is between a well-educated America that is marked by economic openness, traditional family structures, high social capital and high trust in institutions, and a less-educated America that is marked by economic insecurity, anarchic family structures, fraying community bonds and a pervasive sense of betrayal and distrust."
David Brooks - Time for a Realignment
These 62 senators represent about one-fourth of the people in the United States.
So do these 6 senators.
The impact of recent court decisions on voter ID laws
Why Virginia's Restoration of Voting Rights Matters
Gun Laws By State
(states in gray allow people convicted of domestic violence to purchase guns)
Everything you need to know about executions in the United States
Why Republicans Can’t Relax
They must survive a permanent campaign environment in overdrive—and that also explains why so little is getting done.
Justices Allow Police to Take D.N.A. Samples After Arrests
WASHINGTON — Police may take D.N.A. samples from people arrested for serious crimes, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday in a 5-to-4 decision.
“When officers make an arrest supported by probable cause ...more
Nevada buses hundreds of mentally ill patients to cities around country
Over the past five years, Nevada's primary state psychiatric hospital has put hundreds of mentally ill patients on Greyhound buses and sent them to cities and towns across America.
So You Think You Know the Second Amendment?
Does the Second Amendment prevent Congress from passing gun-control laws? The question, which is suddenly pressing, in light of the reaction to the school massacre in Newtown, is rooted in ...more
Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Two Cases on Gay Marriage
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it would enter the national debate over same-sex marriage, agreeing to hear a pair of cases challenging state and federal laws that define ...more
Administration Weighs Legal Action Against States That Legalized Marijuana Use
WASHINGTON — Senior White House and Justice Department officials are considering plans for legal action against Colorado and Washington that could undermine voter-approved initiatives to legalize the ...more
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World War II Vet Caught Up In Florida's Voter Purge Controversy
Bill Internicola, a 91-yar-old World War II veteran, was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., and now lives in Florida's Broward County. He recently received a letter from county elections officials ...more
Just How Independent Are Independent Voters?
Lester Wilson doesn't think of himself as a Republican or a Democrat. He's not a card-carrying Libertarian or Green, either.
The one group he does belong to is the 40 percent of Americans who identify ...more
F.D.A. Is Ordered to Restrict Antibiotics’ Use in Livestock
A federal magistrate judge on Thursday ordered the Obama administration to alert drug makers that the government may soon ban the common agricultural use of popular antibiotics in animals because the ...more
At Heart of Health Law Clash, a 1942 Case of a Farmer’s Wheat
WASHINGTON — If the Obama administration persuades the Supreme Court to uphold its health care overhaul law, it will be in large part thanks to a 70-year-old precedent involving an Ohio farmer named ...more
For N.F.L., Concussion Suits May Be Test for Sport Itself
The long debate over the National Football League’s handling of concussions is reaching the courts in a flurry of lawsuits, raising the possibility that dozens of former players will go before juries ...more
Opponents Say S.C.'s Voting Law Unfair For The Poor
South Carolina is one of several states that passed laws this year requiring voters to show a government-issued photo ID at the polls. The South Carolina measure still needs approval from the U.S. ...more
Yes, the Commerce Clause Still Matters...
WHAT a lot of trouble seven words can cause. In 1787 America’s constitution, a model of clarity in so many other ways, gave to Congress the power “to regulate commerce…among the several states”, and ...more
Man Wrongly Convicted: Are Prosecutors Liable?
When prosecutors violate the law to deprive a person of a fair trial, is vindication enough, or should the prosecutors be held liable for damages?
This week, a bitterly divided U.S. Supreme Court all ...more
Private Prison Promises Leave Texas Towns In Trouble
The country with the highest incarceration rate in the world — the United States — is supporting a $3 billion private prison industry. In Texas, where free enterprise meets law and order, there are ...more
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the ...more
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Have the Justices Gone Gun-Shy?
Five years after its landmark gun-rights decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court is avoiding any cases about the Second Amendment.
The U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear ...more
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Why the media won’t say Donald Trump is lying
November 24 at 11:01 AM
The question of whether your location can be tracked by cops depends pretty
heavily on... your location.
Article I - The Legislative Branch (Congress)
Established by Article I of the Constitution, the Legislative Branch consists of the House of Representatives and the Senate, which together form the United States Congress. The Constitution grants ...more
Article II - the Executive Branch
The power of the Executive Branch is vested in the President of the United States, who also acts as head of state and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. The President is responsible for ...more
Article III - The Judicial Branch
Where the Executive and Legislative branches are elected by the people, members of the Judicial Branch are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.
Article III of the Constitution, ...more
Elections & Voting
One of the most important rights of American citizens is the franchise — the right to vote. Originally under the Constitution, only white male citizens over the age of 21 were eligible to vote. This ...more
State and Local Government
Most Americans have more daily contact with their state and local governments than with the federal government. Police departments, libraries, and schools — not to mention driver's licenses and ...more
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