Since July 2008, ...more
These 62 senators represent about one-fourth of the people in the United States.
So do these 6 senators.
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?
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.
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
As Public Sector Sheds Jobs, Blacks Are Hit Hardest
Don Buckley lost his job driving a Chicago Transit Authority bus almost two years ago and has been looking for work ever since, even as other municipal bus drivers around the country are being laid ...more
America’s Missing Middle
The coming presidential election badly needs a shot of centrist pragmatism
IT IS a year until Americans go to the polls, on November 6th 2012, to decide whether Barack Obama deserves another term. In ...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
After Rick Perry stumbles, the Republican cry goes out for a substitute
Open goal, useless strikers
HERE is your match report so far, translated into soccer to spare American readers the pain of having their sporting metaphors mangled by foreigners.
It is the penalty ...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
Redistricting could cost California some clout in Washington
New political maps eliminate safe districts for some powerful senior House members of both parties.
By Richard Simon, Los ...more
Perry’s travel, security costs will stay secret until after 2012
By Sari Horwitz,
Supreme Court gives police leeway in home searches
Officers may break in if they hear sounds and suspect that evidence is being destroyed, the justices say in an 8-1 decision. Justice Ginsburg dissents.
By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
May 17, 2011
Republicans Revise Their Plan to Limit Consumer Protection Agency.
WASHINGTON — After losing a contentious battle last year over creating an agency to protect consumers against deceptive financial products, Republicans are fighting the battle again, determined to ...more
The perils of extreme democracy
California offers a warning to voters all over the world
Court Affirms Californiaâs Marine Emissions Rules
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
The Austerity Delusion (op ed by Paul Krugman)
Portugal’s government has just fallen in a dispute over austerity proposals. Irish bond yields have topped 10 percent for the first time. And the British government has just marked its economic ...more