September 13, 2012 Residents have been sounding off about the measure to a task force since May, and more hearings will be held before recommendations are made to Florida's Legislature. A task force may suggest a few tweaks to the law, which, despite all the attention, remains popular.
September 13, 2012 People are taking the New York City's proposed big soda ban to heart because it goes after our food. And cultural anthropologists say we have strong attachments to what we consider food — and we don't like it taken away.
September 12, 2012 In today's dollars, the bill for U.S. immigration enforcement since 1986 comes to $219 billion — roughly the cost of the space shuttle program. About 80,000 government workers depend on immigration enforcement. Despite a drop in illegal immigration, the border industrial complex is here to stay.
September 10, 2012 Eight weeks before the presidential election, new laws passed by Republican legislatures that concern who can vote and when remain in the hands of federal and state judges. The federal court trial over South Carolina's voter ID law raised questions about how such laws might be implemented.
September 9, 2012 The debate over states' rights versus federal power is as old as our country, but this time the subject of controversy is relatively new. As Americans' views on homosexuality change, more states are stepping up to challenge the federal definition of marriage.
September 6, 2012 The former police officer from suburban Chicago now faces a maximum 60-year prison term when he's sentenced Nov. 26. The verdict could prove controversial because it was based mainly on hearsay from his dead third wife and Peterson's fourth wife, who went missing but was never found.
September 6, 2012 Their families have sued the state of Michigan, arguing it has failed to provide remedial help to students whose reading skills are years behind. The outcome of the lawsuit could affect how school districts around the country deal with remediation.