Wednesday's confirmation hearing seemed at times more like a forum for Republican complaints about the Obama administration than an examination of Loretta Lynch and her qualifications to become US attorney general.
The US Supreme Court stayed the executions of three Oklahoma death-row inmates challenging the state's lethal injection protocol. A fourth plaintiff was executed on Jan. 15, before the high court agreed to hear the case.
Lawyers for Warren Lee Hill argued he had an intellectual disability that rendered his execution unconstitutional. Mr. Hill was sentenced to death after being convicted of the murder of his cellmate in a Georgia prison.
As part of the federal program, cameras on key thoroughfares take snapshots of license plates to catch smugglers and other criminals. Americans may be more carefully weighing societal benefits versus privacy for such programs.
The Department of Justice appears to be examining police conduct more closely. It opened 52 prosecutions into alleged civil rights violations by law enforcement in 2014, a 100 percent increase from the previous year.
Thirty states have rules that bar prospective judges from personally requesting campaign money and support, but critics say such rules violate free speech rights. On Tuesday, a case on the subject arrives at the US Supreme Court.
Nine months after a botched lethal injection, Oklahoma plans to execute death row inmate Charles Frederick Warner at 6 p.m. on Thursday. But nationwide, the use of the death penalty has reached historic lows, amid concerns about the process.
When Christopher Cornell voiced support for the Islamic State on Twitter, an FBI informant joined the young man’s plotting to attack the US Capitol with pipe bombs and rifles. When Cornell bought rifles Wednesday, federal agents arrested him.
As Bill de Blasio begins his second year in office, his administration’s relationship with the nation’s largest police force will remain, for the short term at least, in crisis mode, many observers believe. Is there a way to mend the rifts?