| Jun 27, 2014
| 2:24 PM
In 2006, I wrote a column for The Times questioning the wisdom of hate-crime laws that provide additional punishment for acts of violence if they are motivated by racial animus or some other kind of bigotry. One of my arguments was that as the idea became...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 8:25 AM
Here's what we know about Clint Dempsey's night during the dramatic 2-1 win by the United States over Ghana: He scored the fifth-fastest goal in World Cup history, just 29 seconds in. Then, with about 10 minutes to go in the first half, he took a...
| Apr 21, 2014
| 7:10 PM
Thousands of bills are introduced in a congressional session, but only a fraction become law. Even without that success, they call attention to their causes — or their sponsors. Here are a few of the eclectic measures awaiting action in Congress....
| Jul 11, 2013
| 6:29 PM
Care to go for a hike in a national park? How about one on the moon? A bill introduced in Congress would protect U.S. Apollo lunar landing sites by making the detritus that astronauts left behind a part of the national park system.
It may sound like a...
| May 13, 2013
| 4:33 PM
WASHINGTON — As former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. awaits sentencing for looting his campaign treasury of more than $750,000, a Texas congresswoman has asked the judge in Jackson's case to consider "all the anguish he has experienced committing these...
| Nov 16, 2011
| 4:36 PM
Space legends John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins were awarded Congressional Gold Medals on Wednesday....
| Aug 9, 2010
| 4:24 PM
by Mike Memoli President Obama is en route to Texas now, where he's scheduled to speak at a pair of fundraisers and deliver remarks on higher education at the University of Texas. And again, in a state where his job......
| Jun 14, 2009
Since first-time buyers are getting thousands of dollars in tax credits from the federal government to stimulate the economy, why shouldn't all home buyers get equal treatment? What about refinancers -- couldn't they make good use of a tax credit to...
| Aug 16, 2009
| 10:04 AM
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's administration signaled on Sunday it is ready to abandon the idea of giving Americans the option of government-run health insurance as part of his ambitious health care proposal.
Facing mounting opposition to the...
| Aug 16, 2009
Under the dull roar of a desire for change, about 50 people got on their hands and knees this afternoon at The Progressive Center in Dallas. They made signs, putting their thoughts on paper about the need for health care reform. Julia Rogers says, "It's...
| Aug 17, 2009
After a week of heated town hall meetings across the country, today was Dallas' turn to hear from representatives about proposed health care reform.
Mark Harless was one of the protesters outside the Cityplace Center in Dallas.
"I'm afraid that when...
| Feb 17, 2010
Dallas city leaders celebrated today after learning the federal government will provide $23 million in grant money to help create a downtown streetcar system.
"This project will improve transportation within downtown Dallas by creating a seamless transit...