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Suspect evidence informed a momentous Supreme Court Decision on criminal sentencing

The U.S. Sentencing Commission helped send more people to prison for longer terms. It’s a shame it was created to address a nonexistent crisis. Here’s how the Supreme Court got misled.... Read more»

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Immigration

Border Patrol takes wheels off deportation buses

The Border Patrol has stopped a controversial program that shipped busloads of illegal immigrants back to Mexico from Tucson through the tiny, remote Texas border town of Presidio — for now.... Read more»

Housing meltdown

Subprime players get tax money to fix mortgage mess

Firms that fed off the subprime lending frenzy that devastated the banking system are lining up to collect more than $21 billion in taxpayer funds meant to help bail out borrowers now in trouble on their loans.... Read more»

Health care reform

How health care overhaul would affect the uninsured

As Democrats have pushed for a comprehensive overhaul of the country's health system, much of their plans and rhetoric have focused on providing coverage for America's uninsured. Here's a look at who they are.... Read more»

Economy

Stimulus spending hits $272 billion—34% of total

The administration has spent $179 billion in stimulus funds, according to Recovery.gov. Combined with an estimated $93 billion in stimulus tax cuts, that means the government has now moved at least $272 billion into the economy, or 34 percent of the total amount approved by Congress.... Read more»

Alcohol abuse prevalent in miltary, studies show

Alcoholism is so rampant among soldiers that the Army needs to double its number of counselors, said Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the Army's No. 2 officer. ... Read more»

Sugar tax absent in childhood obesity campaign

As First Lady Michelle Obama officially launched her campaign against childhood obesity today, a proposal pushed by some health groups was conspicuous by its absence – a federal tax on sugared drinks.... Read more»

Fact-checking Palin's Tea Party speech

Sarah Palin made a splash over the weekend as the keynote speaker at the first National Tea Party convention, and she followed up with an interview on Fox News Sunday. But she didn’t always stick to the facts.... Read more»

Cuba's public 'privatization' debate

Something unusual has been stirring lately in the pages of Granma, this country’s largest newspaper and the official mouthpiece of the Cuban Communist Party. Granma typically carries fawning coverage of Cuba’s top officials and the latest iniquities of Yankee imperialism.... Read more»

Olympics

Russian figure skater makes comeback for country

During the second half of the 20th century, figure skating had an unambiguous power divide. America revered the men's and ladies' events and produced a string of Olympic kings and queens, while the Soviet Union put a primacy on pairs and ice dancing and had a stranglehold on those gold medals.... Read more»

Same-sex marriage

Gay marriage in Mexico City gets closer to reality

Voices on both sides of the gay-marriage issue are getting louder as March 4 gets closer, the day gays can legally marry in Mexico City.... Read more»2

OSHA

Business gears up to fight new workplace safety rule

As the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the White House are trying to minimize their differences, a brewing battle at OSHA over a workplace injury reporting rule illustrates how tough that could become given the administration's pro-labor leanings.... Read more»

Transparency

Agencies open to the public? Some not so much

Last Saturday was the deadline for federal agencies to launch their open-government Web pages under a directive issued by the White House. We clocked their progress and found that while many agencies posted their new pages, there are some stragglers. ... Read more»

Paulson book: Behind the scenes, GE’s top exec confided credit woes

As the financial crisis worsened, CEO Immelt and other leaders at GE repeatedly assured the public that there was no need to worry about the company’s ability to access credit.... Read more»

Antarctic whisky stash yields more than expected

Three cases of Scotch recovered from the site of abandoned 1908 expedition to South Pole just might lead to a recreation of Shackleton's whisky.... Read more»

Sex scandal

New power-sharing deal ends Irish political crisis

What started four weeks ago as a sex scandal that threatened to plunge Northern Ireland into crisis has ended in a new political agreement that strengthens the province's unique power-sharing arrangements.... Read more»

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