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With sniper suspect now in jail,
DAs are fighting tooth and nail.
They're in a monumental race
To see who gets to try this case

The USA Patriot Act was passed with much fanfare last October, but it was soon clear that lawmakers passed the package without examining all the parts.

There's a joke circulating on the Internet: A grandmother overhears her
5-year-old granddaughter playing "wedding." The wedding vows go like
this: "You have the right to remain silent.

It's filling the grassroots role once played by the Christian
Coalition.

The author may be contacted regarding this piece at JonWiener@hotmail.com.

When several soldiers killed their wives, an old problem was suddenly news.

Democrats, faced with Scalia and Thomas clones, are finally saying: Ideology matters.

I saw a puzzling banner on the door of a restaurant the other day. It
was a flag flanked by two aphorisms: God bless America and America bless
God.

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Details emerging this week in court about July’s mass shooting show multiple ways the tragedy could have been averted. 

January 9, 2013

The ruling brings warehouse workers one step closer to holding Walmart directly responsible for alleged retaliation and wage theft.

January 7, 2013

Enough is enough: we must wrest control of public safety policy from gun manufacturers. 

January 4, 2013

It's time to acknowledge that the rape epidemic in the US is not just about the crimes themselves, but our own cultural and political willful ignorance.

January 4, 2013

The twelve-minute video shows a student joking about the rape victim, a high school classmate, in Steubenveille, Ohio.

January 4, 2013

For Americans who understand the importance of a cooperative U.S.-Russia relationship, 2012 was a disturbing year.

January 3, 2013

Involuntary mental health care and police profiling will not make the United States safer.

December 28, 2012

Lincoln ordered the execution of thirty-eight Dakota Indians for rebellion—but never ordered the execution of Confederate officials or generals.

December 26, 2012

The residents of Westchester and Rockland counties, New York, now have a resource to find out which of their neighbors is packing a gun.

December 26, 2012

Americans are flocking to the stores to hoard weapons in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, and those sales are enriching the NRA.

December 24, 2012