| Jan 9, 2012
| 10:12 AM
Maryland's new Sixth and Eighth Congressional Districts begin in the state's rugged northwest but then dive southeastward into suburban Montgomery County. The city of Baltimore is split between three new districts: the Second, Third, and Seventh. The...
| Feb 23, 2012
| 11:29 AM
Think money doesn't talk? Try telling that to this year's GOP presidential hopefuls, whose fates are more than ever tied to a handful of wealthy donors who bankroll the super PACs that raise and spend unlimited amounts of cash on their behalf. Campaign...
| Mar 22, 2012
| 2:01 PM
The U.S. Supreme Court made an important ruling for the cause of fairness when it decided this week that the right to effective counsel extends to plea bargains and not just trials. As Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion in the 5-4 case,...
| Apr 2, 2012
| 3:00 AM
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburglikes the Indian Healthcare Improvement Act and other ingredients of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka "Obamacare." Why, she asked toward the end of three days of hearings, shouldn't the court...
| Apr 16, 2012
| 3:00 AM
President Barack Obama's vision for health-care reform could have resulted in a much better law had it not been for congressional decrees at the start that a single-payer system was "off the table." But guess what has appeared back on the table during the...
| Oct 20, 2011
| 5:57 AM
A fundamental war has been waged in this nation since its founding, between progressive forces pushing us forward and regressive forces pulling us backward.
We are going to battle once again.
Progressives believe in openness, equal opportunity and...
| Sep 16, 2012
| 10:52 AM
Even when Jeffrey Toobin is absolutely, positively, flat-out wrong, it's worth listening to what he has to say about the U.S. Supreme Court.
Toobin, an Emmy Award-winning senior analyst for CNN and a staff writer for The New Yorker not only is smart,...
| Jul 17, 2012
| 3:19 PM
With so many tens of millions of dollars flowing into political campaigns anonymously this year, it's hard to believe anyone would oppose some minimum level of disclosure. After all, it was Justice Anthony Kennedy who wrote in the infamous Citizens United...
| Aug 8, 2012
| 3:00 AM
Who's buying our democracy? Wall Street financiers, the Koch brothers, and casino magnates Sheldon Adelson and Steve Wynn, among others. And they're doing much of it in secret.
It's a perfect storm -- the combination of three waves that are about to...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 5:20 AM
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba U.S. troops blare "The Star Spangled Banner" across this 45-square-mile base each morning at 8 o'clock sharp. Fireworks crackle overhead on the Fourth of July.
Marines control the fence line opposite Cuba's minefield and...
| Sep 8, 2014
| 3:41 PM
The legal juggernaut of challenges to prohibitions on same-sex marriage continued Monday with oral arguments in the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals over bans in Hawaii, Idaho and Nevada. Last week two judicial decisions were issued, one by a federal...
| Sep 8, 2014
| 4:31 PM
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Gay marriage bans in Nevada, Idaho and Hawaii faced tough questions on Monday from a U.S. appeals court that waded back into a civil rights debate sweeping through courthouses across the country.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of...