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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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The state has started using the concoction after the previous drug's manufacturer stopped selling to US prison services.

January 16, 2014

Surveillance footage of Kelly Thomas’s death in 2011 sparked national outcry.

January 14, 2014

The New York Times columnist fails to understand how the war on drugs disproportionately affects minorities and the poor. 

January 14, 2014

The transgender woman and activist served nineteen months of a forty-one-month sentence.

January 13, 2014

A new report shows that the unsolved homicide rate is far higher for black victims. The problem goes beyond the number of detectives in black neighborhoods.

January 10, 2014

You just have to go to jail first. 

January 8, 2014

So far, 2014 has been a year of states doing as they please.

January 6, 2014

David Brooks’s blinkered pot column shows how our elites are shielded from the consequences of the war on drugs. 

January 3, 2014

Thanks to Chief Justice John Roberts, millions of poor Americans won’t get health insurance. 

December 31, 2013

Police violently dispersed a crowd of about 150 people in Durnham, North Carolina, during a vigil in which supporters demanded answers after the death of a teenager, who managed to shoot himself while handcuffed in police custody.

December 23, 2013