The cascade of international crises this week comes as the American public’s views about President Obama’s foreign policy have soured, turning what was once seen as his strength into a potential liability. For a second-term president already hamstrung on the domestic front, the world stage hardly looks like the refuge it sometimes has offered leaders in their final White House years.
More than 46,000 inmates, including many who have already served a decade or longer in prison, would be eligible to seek early release under the commission’s decision. A judge would review the case of each prisoner seeking to get out early to decide if the release would jeopardize public safety. The releases would start in November 2015 and be phased in over a period of years. Continue reading
In a decision that bolstered last year’s Supreme Court decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, the 10th circuit federal court of appeals in Denver struck down a ban on same-sex marriage in Oklahoma Friday, declaring the ban to be unconstitutional. It was the second time the 10th circuit court has struck down such a ban, less than a month after the court declared Utah’s ban on same-sex violated citizens’ rights.
WASHINGTON — National security leaker Chelsea Manning can get initial treatment for a gender-identity condition from the military after the Bureau of Prisons rejected the Army’s request to accept her transfer from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to a civilian facility. Continue reading
General Motor’s top lawyer became the top target at a Senate hearing on ignition switch defects that GM failed to address for years. The automaker’s own internal report found that the legal staff had failed to share details of related crash settlements, but CEO Mary Barra defended GM’s general counsel Michael Millikin. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading
Cabaret legend and Broadway mainstay Elaine Stritch died in her Michigan home Thursday from natural causes, her publicist confirmed. The brassy performer was 89. Continue reading
Do Missouri’s farmers and ranchers need a constitutional amendment to continue their way of life, or does current law offer enough protection? That’s the debate surrounding one of the five ballot measures Missouri voters will decide next month. Supporters and opponents are campaigning and spending money on efforts to both pass and kill the proposal that could limit regulations on farming and ranching. Continue reading
What happens to child migrants after they turn themselves in at the U.S. border? We take a step-by-step look at their journey once they enter the U.S. Continue reading
Artesia, New Mexico, is home to ranches and farmland, as well as a federal law enforcement facility that is now housing nearly 700 Central American mothers and children under the age of 17 — most of whom will be sent home, say officials. Special correspondent Kathleen McCleery reports on how the national debate on immigration policy is playing out among residents of one city. Continue reading