<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - National Today]]> <![CDATA[Arizona’s Immigration Law Violates Civil Rights. Why Didn’t Anyone Mention That at the Supreme Court?]]> In arguments before the Supreme Court on Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law last month, the elephant in the room—racial profiling and discrimination—made just a short-lived cameo appearance. When the Justice Department’s top lawyer rose to make the Obama administration’s case against SB 1070, the Chief Justice immediately demanded confirmation that “no part of your argument has to do with racial or ethnic profiling, does it?” A few moments later he reiterated: “OK. So this is not a case about ethnic profiling.”]]> <![CDATA[Bomb-sniffing dogs are soldiers' best friends]]> The military considers them just another piece of equipment; they even have service numbers tattooed inside their ears. Soldiers often treat them as pets, playing with them and feeding them the junk food that proliferates on the remote bases of Afghanistan. To their handlers, bomb-sniffing dogs are more like battle buddies.]]> <![CDATA[Colorado Shooter Likely Got Guns With Ease]]> This morning, as the country digested the terrible events that unfolded in Aurora, Colorado, overnight—where a gunman killed twelve people and wounded 38 others in a packed movie theater—New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg immediately called for a renewed conversation on gun control. “You know, soothing words are nice, but maybe it’s time that the two people who want to be president of the United States stand up and tell us what they are going to do about it, because this is obviously a problem across the country,” he said. “There are so many murders with guns every day, it’s just got to stop.”]]> <![CDATA[Occupying Policy]]> Walking by Zuccotti Park, you might think that Occupy Wall Street had vanished into thin air. But if you walk a few blocks further, to the public atrium at 60 Wall St, you’ll find working groups deep in conversation. The work of Occupy continues, in New York City and across the country as well. Indeed, some Occupy groups have begun campaigns with a specific goal: policy reform.]]> <![CDATA[Romney camp disputes 'Anglo-Saxon' comment]]> Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday called a Mitt Romney adviser’s comment that the Republican candidate better understands the UK-USA relationship because of a shared “Anglo-Saxon heritage” — a notion Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul insisted was “not true” — a “disturbing start” to Romney’s foreign trip.]]> <![CDATA[Texas Wants to Say Adios to the Voting Rights Act's Authority]]> Look up at your clock. By this same hour tomorrow, more than 1,500 US-born Latinos will have celebrated a milestone birthday, and turned 18. They’ll be eligible to vote in local, state and federal elections in their home states—but if that state is Texas, that right is under threat.]]> <![CDATA[TSA will stop making kids take off shoes for airport security]]> <![CDATA[House passes part of Hurricane Sandy relief package]]> One of the darker hours of Rep. John Boehner's term as Speaker of the House may be coming to an end.]]> <![CDATA[In Texas Senate, heroine Wendy Davis and Democrats win in the end]]> The Texas legislature was the star of social media last night, as the Democratic minority mounted a filibuster against a tough anti-abortion law that would have caused more than half of Texas' abortion clinics to close. And after more twists and turns than a Bond film, the bill died last night as the special session ended.]]> <![CDATA[SeaWorld seeks to settle with OSHA in death of killer-whale trainer]]> <![CDATA[US Passes Homeland Security Spending Bill]]> The GOP-controlled House passed a $46 billion measure Thursday funding the Homeland Security Department, including more than $5 billion in disaster relief spending that complies with a budget agreement last summer opposed by tea party conservatives.]]> <![CDATA[Donations to Zimmerman Defense Fund Soar]]> George Zimmerman's attorney says that donations to a legal defense fund for the suspect facing a second-degree murder charge has increased almost twenty-fold since his $1 million bond was announced Thursday.]]> <![CDATA[Sunlight Foundation unveils journalism effort-checker Churnalism]]> The process is this: Corporations, trade associations, governments, individuals and tons of other groups write up press releases about themselves. Then they send those to journalists. Then journalists put them into their publications. Then you, the reader, catches them and quits reading crappy journalism.]]> <![CDATA[Debate over terror trial continues as suspect again cooperates]]> <![CDATA[The Supreme Court’s Dark Vision of Freedom]]> The fight over Obamacare is about freedom. That’s what we’ve been told since these lawsuits were filed two years ago and that’s what we heard both inside and outside the Supreme Court this morning. That’s what Michele Bachmann* and Rick Santorum have been saying for months. Even people who support President Obama’s signature legislative achievement would agree that this debate is all about freedom—the freedom to never be one medical emergency away from economic ruin. What we have been waiting to hear is how members of the Supreme Court—especially the conservative majority—define that freedom. This morning as the justices pondered whether the individual mandate—that part of the Affordable Care Act that requires most Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty—is constitutional, we got a window into the freedom some of the justices long for. And it is a dark, dark place.]]> <![CDATA[Republicans aim to slash spending in coming debt ceiling talks]]> Picking winners and losers in the recently resolved "fiscal cliff" debate is not easy.]]> <![CDATA[Celebrities throw support behind measure to legalize marijuana]]> Proposition 19, the California initiative that would legalize marijuana, got a boost Thursday from several Hollywood celebrities who announced they were throwing their support behind the measure.]]> <![CDATA[Giffords leaves Tucson for next phase of recovery]]> <![CDATA[Special Prosecutor Won't Use Grand Jury in Trayvon Case]]> The special prosecutor for Florida state's investigation into the shooting death of Trayvon Martin will not send the case to a grand jury, her office announced Monday, cautioning that the decision should not be interpreted as a signal about whether George Zimmerman will ultimately face charges.]]> <![CDATA[Gingrich Hints at Possible Campaign Exit]]> The race for the GOP nomination appears all but sewn up for Mitt Romney, but voters in New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania will nonetheless have their chance to cast their votes on Tuesday.]]>