The attacks of 9/11 were carried out by an enemy quicker and lighter than any America had ever faced. In its scramble to catch up, the U.S. often threw off the yoke of checks and balances. Here's how the power has shifted over the past 10 years.
No decision that emerged from the rubble of 9/11 was constitutionally inevitable. Here's a reckoning of the men and women who changed the course of the law, for better and for worse.
Think August is a slow news month? Here's a quick rundown on some of the big stories swirling around as we near the end of the summer holiday season.
Prosecutors went after Strauss-Kahn too quickly on weak charges, but in the end they followed the law by giving his defense team evidence that unraveled the criminal case
The Department of the Interior defends its ongoing roundup of herds, but its response is filled with shallow arguments and misinformation
When Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito was in South Dakota this past week, this is what he should have been asked about
TV analysts face few repercussions for shoddy, dishonest commentary. What makes a good talking head?
Yet another federal court ruled against Obama's reforms. What does its massive opinion tell us about the future of the Affordable Care Act?
Judicial confirmations are marred by either "unanimous consent" or unnecessary scrutiny
How can a state promote its wild horses as a tourist attraction while it seeks to decimate herds?
The movie revels in the absence of anything weighty, but its carefree message resonates today
The woman who brought charges against the former IMF chief will have new advantages in civil court
The legislative branch's failures extend far beyond the debt debate
Free-roaming stallions no longer face castration
Can companies lay claim to pieces of the human genome? A federal appeals court decision says yes.
Watching the debt ceiling debate makes you think everyone in D.C. has forgot there is a country to run beyond the Beltway
America's wild horses are in trouble, and the federal government isn't helping
Transparency on death row can help hold states accountable for botched lethal injections
Financially battered state courts simply cannot keep up with rising mortgage defaults
Are people capable of evaluating their leaders fairly and objectively? Researchers say no.