| Dec 19, 2013
| 10:07 AM
SACRAMENTO — Citing complaints about the underrepresentation of minorities on several city councils in California, state Assemblyman Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) said Thursday he will introduce legislation requiring geographical district-based...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 4:31 PM
WASHINGTON — Debo Adegbile, President Obama's nominee to lead the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, attributes much of his success as an attorney to a nine-year stint as a child actor on "Sesame Street" in the 1970s.
The unusual resume...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 4:37 PM
SAN FRANCISCO -- Hillary Rodham Clinton continued her long, slow flirtation with the 2016 presidential campaign Monday, delivering the first in a promised series of speeches on restoring faith in government and other institutions corroded by cynicism....
| Jan 12, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Fifty years ago Wednesday, President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered what may have been the last genuinely uplifting State of the Union speech we've had.
"This administration, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America," he said. "We...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 3:57 PM
WASHINGTON – Lawmakers announced Thursday bipartisan legislation that would restore key protections of the Voting Rights Act that were thrown out by the Supreme Court last summer.
The bill would also establish new criteria to determine whether...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 5:32 PM
WASHINGTON — States should allow online voter registration and create more opportunities to cast ballots before election day, according to a report issued Wednesday by a bipartisan commission formed to address long lines and other troubles at the...
| Jan 27, 2014
On this day 69 years ago, soldiers of the 60th Army of the First Ukrainian Front pried open the gates of Auschwitz-Birkenau and were greeted as liberators by the 7,000 or so emaciated prisoners who were among the walking dead remaining within the camp...
| Sep 15, 2013
| 3:39 PM
Last week: We mourn the loss of Clay Shaw, who died this week at age 74. My family had the privilege of knowing Congressman Shaw for many years and long admired his dignified and steadfast commitment to public service. He was among the last of the great...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
"Character, not circumstance, makes the person." -- Booker T. Washington
The Supreme Court's narrow 5-4 decision to strike down a central component of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, "freeing nine states, mostly in the South," writes The New York Times,...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
I can only hope that the scourge of racism is finally purged from Stewartstown and Pinkham's Grant. These are two of 10 New Hampshire towns covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which requires local officials to get permission, or...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
One of the great justices of the U.S. Supreme Court -- yes, there was a time when the court had great justices -- once said of the court: "We are not final because we are infallible, but we are infallible only because we are final." --Robert H. Jackson....