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  • U.S. Spy Court Must Be Accountable

    On Friday, after a series of high-level White House meetings last week, President Barack Obama will submit a road map for intelligence reform. It will be a public turning point for the intelligence community and other government entities whose work is...
  • Did the Founding Fathers deny women the vote to preserve the family?

    Did the Founding Fathers deny women the vote to preserve the family?
    By now we should be inured to the often flabbergasting claims of the far right, but self-styled historian David Barton has upped the ante: The Founding Fathers denied women the right to vote to preserve the American family. Um, no. Barton, if you&...
  • As I've been saying, what part of 'shall not be diminished or impaired' don't our lawmakers understand?

     
    Breaking news: The Illinois Supreme Court ruled today that subsidized health care premiums for retired state employees are protected under the Illinois Constitution, signaling potential trouble for an overhaul of pension benefits that’s also being...
  • Joseph Hittelman dies at 100; physician persecuted in McCarthy era

    Joseph Hittelman dies at 100; physician persecuted in McCarthy era
    Dr. Joseph Hittelman, a Los Angeles physician whose advocacy of reforms such as healthcare for the poor led to his persecution as a subversive during the McCarthy era, died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 100. The cause...
  • Police violated rights of Harford activists, judge rules

    A federal judge has ruled that police in Harford County violated the constitutional rights of seven demonstrators who staged an anti-abortion display along a state highway near Bel Air three years ago. When motorists complained about the graphic nature...
  • Ron Kaye: The Starbird philosophy

    Don’t bother saying thanks to Jim Starbird — he’s been living a dream for the past 14 years as Glendale city manager. A day after disclosing plans to retire at the end of the year, Starbird talked about his love affair with the city and...
  • Juan Maria Bordaberry dies at 83; Uruguayan dictator

    Juan Maria Bordaberry dies at 83; Uruguayan dictator
    Former president-turned-dictator Juan Maria Bordaberry, whose self-coup launched more than a decade of military rule in Uruguay died while under house arrest in the country for leading efforts to eliminate leftist dissent in the 1970s. He was 83....
  • Concert news: Tori Amos to perform at DAR Constitution Hall

    Concert news: Tori Amos to perform at DAR Constitution Hall
    Back when Tori Amos announced her new Night of the Hunters tour earlier this month, it wasn't clear where in Washington she would perform. But the announcement came today. The Baltimore native will play at DAR Constitution Hall December 5. Tickets for...
  • Cities ask state's top court to block raid on redevelopment funds

    A group representing Los Angeles and other cities asked the state Supreme Court on Monday to invalidate action by Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature that will dissolve redevelopment agencies in California unless they pay the state $1.7 billion. A...
  • What's at stake in the debt-limit talks: a primer

    What's at stake in the debt-limit talks: a primer
    Answering questions about the debt-ceiling talks and what could happen if both sides fail to reach an agreement: What is the federal debt ceiling? In 1917, as the U.S. entered World War I, Congress authorized the Treasury to issue long-term bonds to...
  • Balanced budget amendment: Here's why it's a bad idea

    Balanced budget amendment: Here's why it's a bad idea
    The U.S. government teeters on the brink of an unprecedented, self-inflicted debt default, and the House of Representatives can't seem to keep its eye on the ball. After the House debated the fate of incandescent lightbulbs last week, it approved on...