Over his 30-year tenure on the US Supreme Court, Justice Anthony Kennedy has been the key vote on major issues. Though appointed by President Ronald Reagan, he has often disappointed conservatives, for example on abortion and same-sex marriage. But on democracy issues, his legacy is more mixed.
The memo controversy is a symptom of major problems plaguing US democracy. And neither side looks good.
In his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump urged Congress to pass a controversial bill promising greater access to untested drugs for terminally ill patients. But critics charge the bill would only deliver false hope and result in even less patient protection by removing FDA oversight.
As Congress struggles to agree on a long-overdue budget and spending bills, the devil is in the details as Republicans are trying to sneak through provisions that would harm the environment, public health and democracy.
After a federal official told staff not to use certain words in budget documents, the pushback was huge. But there might have been a method to this madness.
December 8 is the deadline for working out a budget deal. It is always tough for the two parties to agree on spending. Reaching agreement this year may be particularly challenging, even though Republicans control Congress and the White House.
Some Senate Republicans, previously critical of their own party’s controversial tax bill, were silent as they helped move it out of committee to the floor — apparently unmoved by the dozens of protesters who shouted “shame” as they voted.
In 2008, Emilio Gutierrez fled Mexico because of serious death threats. Ten years later, he faces imminent deportation. You would think that President Donald Trump would understand the plight of Mexican journalists whose reporting on drug traffickers and government corruption have led them to flee for their lives. After all, he appears to understand that Read More
The House of Representatives votes on Thursday to approve its tax bill, which slashes tax benefits for wind, solar, and electric vehicles, and retains billions in tax benefits for fossil fuels.
The federal workforce is at the same size as it was in the days of John F. Kennedy, while the use of federal contractors has surged. That trend may only get worse with expected federal budget cuts.
Workers marshaled all their forces to save their bottling plant, only to face the same corporate power that bedevils American employees.