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Analysis: Racial Issues Sink a Nomination for a Civil Rights Chief

March 6, 2014 By an excruciating bipartisan vote of 52-47, the Senate on Wednesday rejected lawyer Debo Adegbile for a non-life-tenured position as chief of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. The vote teaches us at least three disturbing things about politics in America today— beyond the fact that we now have proof ...

Analysis: Is NSA Surveillance Constitutional?

December 27, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This is why we have a justice system in which lower-court conflicts rise up for resolution by a single, supreme court. This is why the law can seem, at times, to be a "same planet, different world" proposition to those who don't follow it closely (and even to those of ...

The Obscure Law That Governs Shutdowns

September 30, 2013 If rogue Republicans do not relent over the budget impasse by October 1, whatever pandemonium happens next will largely be governed by a federal statute you likely have never heard of: the Antideficiency Act. You can call it the "anti-deadbeat" law -- a collection of statutory and administrative provisions, really ...

How Eric Holder Can Help Public Defenders and Their Clients

August 26, 2013 For the past few months The Atlantic has been covering the sequester's growing impact on the ability of the federal judiciary to administer justice in a timely, fair and efficient manner without the money it needs. Judges and court administrators have been warning all along that litigants -- the American ...

Analysis: Sequestration Is Holding Up Our Legal System

July 15, 2013 It has been 134 days now -- roughly one-third of a year -- since the federal budget "sequester" formally took hold. And while members of Congress rushed a few months ago to ease the sequester's impact upon air traffic control -- that is, rushed to make sure their planes would ...

Analysis: TRICARE Should Cover Physical Therapy Involving Horses

April 26, 2013 Congress has an opportunity now -- this week, this month, today even-- to do something truly noble; something that will help a disabled young woman, the daughter of a Navy captain, and thousands of other military families all across the country. Our federal lawmakers are about to contemplate the virtues ...

Analysis: It's Time for the Feds to Investigate Prison Abuse

March 20, 2013 "The department is much more than just a federal agency," declared Michael Horowitz, the Inspector General of the Justice Department, in his opening statement Thursday at an oversight hearing before a House Appropriations subcommittee. "It is the guardian of our system of justice, and is responsible for enforcing our laws ...

Analysis: Labor Nominee Draws Unfair Criticism

March 15, 2013 There are reasonable criticisms one could make about Thomas Perez's work as a federal official as he nears his confirmation fight for Secretary of Labor. This, from Jennifer Rubin, in which she cites a blogger at the American Spectator, is not one of them: Quin Hillyer documents that as the ...

7 Questions About Managing Wild Horses for Interior Nominee Sally Jewell

March 6, 2013 On Thursday on Capitol Hill, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a confirmation hearing to consider the nomination of Sally Jewell for the position of Secretary of the Interior. She comes to the room offering some measure of comfort to two of the primary constituencies that care ...

The Interior contender who could save America's wild horses

January 31, 2013 When Ken Salazar announced his resignation earlier this month as Secretary of the Interior, it set off quivers of speculation among wild horse advocates about who might replace him in the post most important to the fate of the nation's vulnerable herds. Salazar, a longtime Colorado rancher, was never trusted ...