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  • Focus Legal marijuana: Will most states head that way?

    Speculation is afoot after the Justice Department signaled it will mostly leave to states the responsibility to regulate use. Washington State and Colorado are already working out details of legal marijuana.

  • Where King once stood, will Obama close arc of the 'Dream' speech?

    Obama's very presidency and his speech Wednesday mark a poignant moment in the history of race relations. But it's also clear that King's agenda is unfinished, as a large black underclass struggles with dim economic prospects and as hopes for racial reconciliation sour.

  • Texas sued: Why the Justice Department will 'mess with Texas'

    Texas sued: The US Justice Department sued the state of Texas on Thursday over Texas's voter ID law. The Justice Department is also investigating potentially discriminatory redistricting laws that Texas Republicans insist protect elections against fraud.

  • Eric Holder proposes major shift in 'war on drugs' (+video)

    Attorney General Eric Holder wants federal prosecutors to avoid mandatory minimum sentences for some nonviolent drug offenders, saying prisons are overcrowded 'for no good law enforcement reason.'

  • The Monitor's View Prison reform: Seize the moment

    Both parties realize that the exploding prison population is unsustainable. Sentencing reform is one step in the right direction.

  • Ruth Ginsburg: Push for voter ID laws predictable

    Ruth Ginsburg said in an interview with The Associated Press that Texas' decision to implement its voter ID law hours after the court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act last month was powerful evidence of an ongoing need to keep states with a history of voting discrimination from making changes in the way they hold elections.

  • Voting Rights Act fallout: Holder signals tough stance on Texas

    Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that the Justice Department would urge a federal judge to order Texas to continue to submit all election law changes to Washington for preapproval. Last month, the Supreme Court struck down a portion of the Voting Rights Act.

  • 'Stand your ground' laws rattle US politics, society

    The George Zimmerman murder case in Florida focused attention on the state's controversial 'stand-your-ground' law. Critics want to repeal such laws, but that seems unlikely. At least 22 states have 'stand-your-ground' laws.

  • Zimmerman won't get his gun back yet, per Justice Department. What's up? (+video)

    The US Justice Department wants the George Zimmerman gun and other physical evidence in the Trayvon Martin shooting to be held intact, pending its civil rights probe. That might signal stepped-up activity by the feds, but analysts see reason to doubt they will ultimately file charges.

  • Feds target 'stand your ground' laws, but what can they do?

    Neither Congress nor the executive branch can force states to change their laws, and courts have been skeptical about attempts to strike down stand your ground legislation. At least one juror has said this law was a key factor in the George Zimmerman verdict.

Doing Good


What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

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