The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on a challenge by a Texas community to strike down an extension to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal recaps the day in court. Continue reading
Vermont’s legislature and the top court of Iowa delivered legal victories in recent weeks to those seeking the right of same-sex couples to marry. And as battles in other state capitals continue, Americans are weighing the issue with other pressing concerns. Continue reading
With state officials scrutinizing the stimulus plan for funding they hope will revive regional economies, four business writers examine what the real impact may look like. Continue reading
Question/Comment: Allowing for the current reduction in home valuations and thus reduced property tax revenues generated to local governments in general, what combination of revenue(s) would most likely restore city, county and state governments to fiscal solvency? I understand the … Continue reading
As the impact of the economic downturn ripples across the U.S., four public broadcasting reporters describe how the recession has impacted their states and local communities.
President Barack Obama pledged renewed U.S. leadership to fight global warming Monday, as he ordered regulators to revisit the tightening of fuel-economy standards for new cars and trucks. Experts debate the significance of the announcement for automakers. Continue reading
Several U.S. companies reeling from the economic downturn announced a total of some 45,000 job cuts on Monday. Analysts assess what the employment situation signals about new government efforts to revive the economy. Continue reading
President Bush welcomed North Korea’s decision to re-enter six-party negotiations regarding its nuclear program Tuesday, three weeks after a nuclear test and nearly a year after shunning the talks. State Department undersecretary Nicholas Burns discusses the next steps. Continue reading