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Homicides soar in states with 'Stand Your Ground' laws

September 16, 2013 - A new report documents an overall rise in homicides in states that have passed versions of the controversial self-defense law. The increase in "justifiable" homicides has been especially dramatic in some Southern states, and African Americans have borne the brunt of the increase in deadly violence.

After a pause, Walmart strikes back

July 31, 2013 - The Arkansas-based retail giant is disciplining and firing workers who participated in a strike in June. While the firings are almost certainly illegal, congressional Republicans have declawed the national labor board, leaving it without a quorum to conduct business.

Apologies and Apple

May 29, 2013 - In 2010, Rep. Joe Barton of Texas retracted his apology to BP for the Obama administration's effort to get compensation for those affected by the Gulf oil disaster. Will Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky have to do the same with his call for the Senate to apologize to Apple for criticizing the company's brazen tax dodging?

Lawmakers demand answers from BP over ongoing Gulf oil sheen

October 17, 2012 - A large oil sheen in the Gulf of Mexico reported by watchdogs as far back as August 2011 has been tied to BP's failed Macondo well. Congressional leaders are demanding answers from the company about the ongoing oil release, and they also want to ensure BP pays fully for the damages caused by its 2010 disaster.