| Jul 6, 2014
| 5:00 AM
As the holiday weekend draws to a close, please pause from the cookouts and fireworks to reflect on the meaning of this freedom we've been celebrating, knowingly or not.
When 50 years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of...
| Jul 4, 2014
| 6:54 PM
The Supreme Court led by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. showed again this year that it is playing a long game, writing opinions that move the law in small but steady steps in a conservative direction.
At first glance, many of its decisions appear...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 5:00 AM
To the editor: The Fourth of July means something different to everyone, but not until I read the words of Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony did I realize that the problems that were evident more than 160 years ago are similar to the problems we are...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 6:00 AM
There is no greater horror than that conjured by memory. While viewers shiver with shock and delight over the current crop of epic narratives — the bloody fights for freedom in "Game of Thrones," Billy Bob Thornton's malicious glee in "Fargo"...
| Jun 28, 2014
| 5:05 AM
When Lyndon Johnson became president after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, so closely had he played his political cards that nobody was exactly sure what he believed in. Very quickly, the surprising answer became clear: civil rights. Johnson went...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 3:10 PM
Washington – Saying he is an "activist" who would not interpret the law without bias, a key Republican lawmaker led GOP opposition Thursday to the nomination of New Haven Corporation Counsel Victor Allen Bolden as a U.S. District court judge for...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 4:15 PM
This June, I visited Ruleville, Miss., and took in these words on a historical marker: "Sometimes it seems to tell the truth today is to run the risk of being killed. But if I fall, I'll fall five-feet four-inches forward in the fight for freedom."...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 12:17 PM
It hasn't been so easy for traditional civil rights-era activists in this small St. Louis suburb in recent weeks, where the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer has put them on all-too-familiar turf: challenging...
| Aug 25, 2014
| 9:38 PM
One day before Arizona’s primary election, the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver heard arguments Monday on the constitutionality of voters having to prove citizenship through a passport or birth certificate before they can register to...
| Apr 28, 2014
"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice," the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. assured his followers. But was he right?
The arc of American history, at least, has a different shape. During the 19th century, a high point for...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 4:38 PM
A federal judge struck down a Wisconsin voter ID law as unconstitutional because it imposed an unfair burden on the poor and minorities, a move that could set a precedent for other voting rights cases to be decided this election year.
The Wisconsin law,...