A racist, profit-driven police department in Ferguson, Missouri

A racist, profit-driven police department in Ferguson, Missouri

A federal investigation into the police killing of an unarmed, black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, lays bare what officials contend are racist, profit-driven law enforcement practices in the small St. Louis suburb. While the Department of Justice cleared Officer Darren Wilson of federal civil rights charges in the August death of Michael Brown, it also […]

Alabama continues to stand against progress

Alabama continues to stand against progress

  The Alabama Supreme Court has made itself an outlier in the judicial march legalizing same-sex marriages in the United States, drawing rebukes from gay rights advocates and evoking comparisons to Alabama’s defiance of federal authorities during the civil rights movement. The court set up a showdown with a Mobile, Alabama, federal judge this week […]

Supremes hearing arguments on Obamacare

Supremes hearing arguments on Obamacare

  The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a major test of President Barack Obama’s health overhaul that threatens insurance coverage for millions of people. The justices are meeting Wednesday to try to determine whether the law makes people in all 50 states eligible for federal tax subsidies to cut the cost of insurance premiums. […]

Has Boehner survived the Homeland Security debacle?

Has Boehner survived the Homeland Security debacle?

House Speaker John Boehner’s job is safe despite passing yet another big bill that most of his Republican colleagues oppose, as he did Tuesday to avert defunding the Department of Homeland Security. But Boehner and his leadership team appear destined to confront fratricidal fights for months to come. The friction exposes deep GOP ideological differences […]

Pressure on Ferguson after scathing report on shooting

Pressure on Ferguson after scathing report on shooting

A Justice Department report says blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, are disproportionately subject to excessive police force, baseless traffic stops and citations for infractions as petty as walking down the middle of street. City officials said Tuesday they were reviewing the report, which they expect to be released Wednesday. With scathing findings of a months-long investigation […]

More homophobia from Alabama’s Supreme Court

More homophobia from Alabama’s Supreme Court

Probate judges must again decide whether to issue wedding licenses to gay couples after the Alabama Supreme Court ruled the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is legal, despite a federal court’s decision to the contrary. The all-Republican court sided with a pair of conservative groups Tuesday night and ordered Alabama’s 68 probate judges to stop […]

Hillary Clinton may have broken laws with email use

Hillary Clinton may have broken laws with email use

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have violated federal records laws by using a personal email account for all of her work messages, the New York Times reported on Monday. The newspaper said the likely Democratic presidential candidate conducted all her official business during her four-year tenure at the State Department on a […]

Tea Party favorite Ben Carson considering run for President

Tea Party favorite Ben Carson considering run for President

Ben Carson, a retired surgeon popular with Tea Party conservatives, has formally created an exploratory committee to run for president, according to his campaign chief executive, Terry Giles, the Wall Street Journal reported. With the exploratory committee, Carson can raise money that he can transfer to his campaign once it begins, the Journal said. (on.wsj.com/18hKgAj) […]

More rabid rhetoric about Homeland Security mess

More rabid rhetoric about Homeland Security mess

House Republican leaders on Sunday demanded that Democrats begin negotiations on funding for the Homeland Security Department and President Barack Obama’s unilateral actions on immigration. Democrats showed no indication they were willing to talk, and some Republicans said the party should simply surrender and give the agency money without conditions. With a partial shutdown of […]

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