Sanctuary policies prevent city workers from helping federal immigration officials identify and possibly deport people without immigration papers. The shooting has laid bare the different philosophies about that approach.
The Supreme Court made a number of important decisions this term, but none more transformative than legalizing gay marriage. The decision, however, does not settle the issue of gay rights and religious liberty.
Since the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage, some are reasoning that if there are other authorized individuals available to issue licenses within a county office, those individuals with religious objections may not have to. The idea has drawn fire.
In its 5-to-4 decision, the Supreme Court said EPA improperly streamlined the regulation process when it decided to consider only public health hazards, and not costs, in making the initial decision to restrict power plant emissions.