As the national conversation on school safety continues to draw attention, the so-called school-to-prison pipeline has largely gone unmentioned. But a new report finds that tighter disciplinary policies and an increased number of police officers at school are landing a staggering number of children behind bars, instead of behind desks.
Expected FBI nominee James Comey is not exactly what you would call a "yes man"--a reputation that could net him sharp scrutiny from both sides of the aisle should his nomination head into the blistering confirmation process.
As acting attorney general in 2004, Comey dramatically defied Vice President Dick Cheney, and alerted President Bush that his administration was breaking the law with its terrorist surveillance program, code-named Stellar Wind. read more
Deadly threats will not prevent New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg from pursuing tighter gun laws, the outspoken gun control advocate said Thursday after anonymous letters addressed to him tested positive for ricin.
"The letter was obviously referring to our anti-gun efforts, but there's 12,000 people who are going to get killed this year with guns," Bloomberg said. "We're not going to walk away from those efforts." read more
ExxonMobil shareholders on Wednesday voted for the 14th year in a row to reject a resolution that would add nondiscrimination protections for LGBT employees to the company’s equal employment opportunity (EEO) policy.
The 81%-19% vote comes in what was otherwise “a record year for corporate equality,” according to the Human Rights Campaign's annual Corporate Equality Index. Company after company updated its anti-discrimination policies to include LGBT provisions. ExxonMobil, though, received the lowest rating--negative 25--of any Fortune 500 company in HRC’s report.
New York Republican Rep. Peter King said he won’t be attending his party’s annual state dinner Wednesday night because of featured guest Sen. Ted Cruz’s earlier efforts to scuttle a Hurricane Sandy relief bill.
“I don’t think we should be acknowledging people who are voting against us in our hour of need,” said King to BuzzFeed. “Once I found it was him...I decided not to go. I don’t know if I would have gone or not because of scheduling things, but that made it easy once I found out it was Ted Cruz.”
A group of nine Democratic House lawmakers and one Republican sent a letter on Tuesday to Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, urging them to change what they feel is a "derogatory, demeaning, and offensive" team name. read more
President Obama will soon nominate three judges at once to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit--often called the second most important court in the country.
Not only would the aggressive move tilt the conservative court in Obama’s favor, analysts argue, but it could also highlight GOP obstructionism by essentially “daring Republicans to find specific ground to filibuster all the nominees,” writes The New York Times’ Michael Shear, who first reported the story.
New Jersey state senator and former Governor Richard Codey reiterated his call for Rutgers President Robert Barchi to step down on Tuesday, amid mounting criticism over allegations that incoming Athletic Director Julie Hermann has a history of professional abuse.
“She’s a flat-out liar,” said Codey on msnbc Tuesday of Hermann, who has denied accounts of verbal and physical abuse during her tenure as coach at the University of Tennessee. Hermann has also denied allegations that she discouraged a former assistant coach, Ginger Hineline, from having a baby.