February 26, 2013 Twenty-eight states and the federal government have enacted laws that provide for automatic DNA collection from people at the time of their arrest. The question is whether it is unconstitutional to do that without a warrant, for the sole purpose of checking the DNA against a national crime scene database.
February 25, 2013 The White House is calling out Congress for a slowdown in voting on judicial nominees, saying it has left 10 percent of judgeships unfilled. The president also faces criticism from the left on the pace of his nominations. But recent White House moves and a new Senate rule could help get things moving.
February 25, 2013 The Supreme Court says it won't hear a case that would have let candidates solicit money from corporations. By doing so, the court is reaffirming one strict ban on corporate political money, after easing other limits in its controversial Citizens United ruling three years ago.
February 25, 2013 The political stakes are high for both Congress and the president, while some GOP governors are turning up the heat on House Speaker John Boehner.
February 25, 2013 Should she win Tuesday's special election in Chicago, Robin Kelly will become the 30th female African-American member of the House in the nation's history. This week's Political Junkie column has the complete list, starting with Shirley Chisholm, first elected in 1968.
February 24, 2013 The nation's governors said the automatic spending cuts would hurt state governments, as congressional Republicans and Democrats continue to blame each other for the impasse. Without a last-minute deal, the across-the-board spending cuts go into effect March 1.
February 23, 2013 To those who closely follow the voter ID wars, Hans von Spakovsky is a household name, one of the nation's leading and controversial crusaders against voter fraud. So it was news that the Republican lawyer failed to get a second term on the electoral board of Virginia's largest county.
February 23, 2013 One of the most important events in the national gun violence debate takes place Tuesday far from Newtown, Conn., and Washington, D.C. And if the candidate backed by Michael Bloomberg wins, look for congressional candidates nationwide to start eyeing the New York City mayor and his superPAC
February 23, 2013 The Center for Media and Democracy says Fix the Debt — a key unit in philanthropist Pete Peterson's corps of organizations to battle the national debt — is a well-funded, pro-business enterprise. A Fix the Debt spokesman scoffs at the claim.
February 23, 2013 The South Carolina Republican has been outspoken in his criticism of President Obama's administration lately, particularly his opposition to Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense. But this may have to do more with a possible primary challenge than the nomination itself.
February 23, 2013 The last time the Supreme Court heard a challenge to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, only one state asked that its key provision be struck down. But just four years later, seven states say the most effective civil rights statute in the nation's history has outlived its usefulness.