Lyle Denniston examines a claim that the federal Clery Act, a 21-year-old law designed to improve college campus security, is beyond Congress’s legislative powers. The federal government is now investigating whether Penn State University violated the Clery Act by failing to deal with a years-long sex scandal in its football program. The statements at issue: […]
As Mitt Romney gets ready to announce his pick for vice president, we look back at five nominees in American history who really had voters talking—or scratching their heads—at their selection. In the world of 2012 politics, vice presidential picks are carefully evaluated. The practice of vetting picks began in earnest after the election of […]
Lyle Denniston explores the new debate over attempts in Congress to force public disclosure of donors to presidential and congressional election campaigns. The statements at issue: “I think Thomas Jefferson would have said the more speech, the better. That’s what the First Amendment is all about. So long as the people know where speech is […]
State laws requiring identification cards for voters have raised big issues that will carry into fall election, but it could be one great-great-grandmother from Philadelphia who could help settle the issue.
As part of our At The Table series, a student participant, Ruby Payette, discusses her experience in Lizums, a small village in the Latvian countryside.
Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann has set off a firestorm with comments about Huma Abedin, a top State Department aide. But will her accusations force House colleagues to rebuke her publicly?
A review of presidential polling data back to 1948 shows that Barack Obama’s edge in the latest Gallup poll is a positive sign for his re-election chances.
Americans once again don’t run up big positive numbers in an annual First Amendment Center survey when it comes to being able to name all five freedoms in the opening 45 words of the Bill of Rights.
Lyle Denniston looks at a controversial issue that is seemingly headed back to the Supreme Court: the legal rights of the Boy Scouts of America to exclude gays from membership.
Despite signs that Mitt Romney is close to picking someone else as his running mate, a new Fox News poll names Condoleezza Rice as the top pick among Republicans and all voters for the job, and the candidate who may attract uncommitted voters.