Good job numbers vex doom-and-gloom politicians

Good job numbers vex doom-and-gloom politicians

The top jobs numbers for June would have seemed to be cause for some appreciation. After all, the unemployment rate dipped to 6.1 percent, the lowest in six years, and hiring showed five months of steady growth. But the public continues to perceive the economy as poor. So, heading into a midterm campaign season, the […]

Latest victories could haunt GOP in 2016

Latest victories could haunt GOP in 2016

Conservative Republicans claimed victory this week in the Supreme Court ruling on religious freedom and the White House’s acceptance that an immigration overhaul won’t happen this year. Today’s victories could haunt the GOP in two years’ time, as the party’s presidential nominee looks for much-needed support among women and Hispanics in the 2016 election. With […]

What is private? Well, that depends

What is private? Well, that depends

Supreme Court justices found more common ground than usual this year, and nowhere was their unanimity more surprising than in a ruling that police must get a judge’s approval before searching the cellphones of people they’ve arrested. The term that just ended also had its share of 5-4 decisions with the familiar conservative-liberal split, including […]

New report now claims NSA spying is legal

New report now claims NSA spying is legal

The first time the bipartisan Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board dissected a National Security Agency surveillance program, it found fundamental flaws, arguing in a January report that the NSA’s collection of domestic calling records “lacked a viable legal foundation” and should be shut down. But in its latest study, the five-member board takes the […]