March 28, 2012 -
The discussion about the Affordable Care Act has focused on whether the federal government can compel people to buy insurance, but the law's expansion of Medicaid to cover millions of low-income people is also being challenged. If this is upended, the courts could be flooded with challenges on everything from environmental protection to civil rights laws.
March 22, 2012 -
The narrowing of the gap between men's and women's earnings from 2010 to 2011 can't be attributed to progress but to men's wages falling faster than women's. Add race to the analysis and the inequities are especially stark.
March 21, 2012 -
Across the South and country, the gun lobby has pushed laws like Florida's "Stand Your Ground" measure, which local police say is the reason they haven't brought charges in the shooting death of 17-year old Travyon Martin. The result: A disturbing rise in "justifiable homicides," including cases eerily similar to the Martin killing.
March 20, 2012 -
Sixteen states besides Florida have the same "Stand Your Ground" law that's complicating the quest for justice in the shooting death of an unarmed Florida teen by a neighborhood-watch vigilante.
March 16, 2012 -
Touted as the cure for what ails public education, charter schools have historical roots that are rarely acknowledged.
March 14, 2012 -
Last week immigrant rights advocates retraced the route of the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in a powerful show of solidarity between African-Americans and Latinos.
March 13, 2012 -
As an ongoing case involving the parent company of Houston-based Shell Oil illustrates, conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court appear to want to put an end to the Alien Tort Claims Act, a key tool for holding corporations accountable for human rights violations.