June 11, 2012 | BY Julia Michaels
The February 26 shooting of Trayvon Martin has ignited a media firestorm surrounding so-called “stand your ground” or “castle doctrine” laws in the United States. It’s escalated to a point where on Friday, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights voted 5-3 to examine whether “stand your ground” laws across the country have a racial bias. [...]
April 19, 2012 | BY Julia Michaels
Journalists and members of older generations have skewered Generation Y recently in the media for being disengaged, apathetic and narcissistic. Young people these days are too busy checking Facebook and texting their friends, they claim. A longitudinal study (pdf) of American youth was released last month indicating that compared to Baby Boomers and Generation X, [...]
March 27, 2012 | BY Julia Michaels
The Supreme Court is hearing challenges to the federal health care law, but few understand what’s really inside this controversial policy. It has been two years since President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law, initiating a wave of controversy that has so far failed to ebb. This week the U.S. [...]
February 7, 2010 | BY Rachel Wilcox
Is the time right to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell? Reporter Rachel Wilcox examines the recent Senate Armed Services Committee hearing where the controversial U.S. military policy came under scrutiny by Congress and military officials. (Photo by U.S. Air Force)
June 12, 2009 | BY Elissa Underwood
As U.S. Supreme Court-designate Sonia Sotomayor has certainly figured out, the road to the bench will not be a cakewalk. It’s only been a few weeks since President Obama picked the U.S. District judge to replace retiring Justice David Souter, but already critics have pulled out all the stops against the nominee.
May 26, 2009 | BY Elissa Underwood
For weeks, SCOTUS watchers have speculated on who President Obama would tap to replace Supreme Court Justice David Souter. On Tuesday, Obama introduced his nominee — U.S. appeals court Judge Sonia Sotomayor. Reporter Elissa Underwood explains who she is and why she was chosen.
March 19, 2009 | BY Lauren Ratliff
For as long as I can remember, holiday meals with the family were eaten at two separate tables: one for the grown-ups and the other for the “kids.” For me, transition to the grown-ups table presents a symbolic gesture of the time when my family accepts me as an adult, and finally takes me seriously. [...]