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How Elections Influence Judges

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:12:52 -0400

Social science research looks at the relationship between how judges rule and how they are influenced by election campaigns.

Should The Police Control Their Own Body Camera Footage?

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:00:03 -0400

There is a growing perception that body cameras, now generating millions of hours of footage, are there less to keep tabs on police, and more to keep tabs on the public.

Who Should Own Police Body Camera Videos?

Wed, 24 May 2017 17:50:00 -0400

It's assumed that body camera video should be held by police departments. One academic says that creates a conflict of interest which will only get worse with time.

NBA Says 2019 All-Star Game Will Be In N.C. After Partial 'Bathroom Bill' Repeal

Wed, 24 May 2017 17:38:00 -0400

"We believe the recent legislation eliminates the most egregious aspects of the prior law," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. Some advocates for transgender rights have criticized the decision.

Battling Violent Extremism: How Do You Stop An Ideology?

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:06:30 -0400

President Donald Trump says the world must confront extremists or, in his words, "drive them out."

Cokie Roberts Answers Your Questions About Special Prosecutors

Wed, 24 May 2017 05:03:00 -0400

In the #AskCokie segment, commentator Cokie Roberts answers listener questions about the history of special prosecutors, and how they are different from special counsels.

Senate Intelligence Committee Presses For Flynn Documents

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:32:00 -0400

Because former Trump adviser Michael Flynn, citing the 5th Amendment, has refused to turn over documents related to Russia, the Senate Intelligence Committee is trying another approach.

Opinion: How Policing Black Boys Leads To The Conditioning Of Black Men

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:41:00 -0400

Two criminal defense attorneys weigh in on the reasons for and impact of over-policing black boys.

What's the Consensus on Consent?

Tue, 23 May 2017 11:20:35 -0400

Saying yes or no to a sexual advance should be straightforward. How do we clarify the rules on sexual consent?

Special Counsel. So What? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:20:35 -0400

How could special counsel Robert Mueller change the investigation into the Trump administration's ties to Russia?

Supreme Court Rejects 2 N.C. Congressional Districts As Unconstitutional

Tue, 23 May 2017 05:12:00 -0400

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a lower court ruling, which found the two districts had been unlawfully drawn to diminish the voting power of African-Americans and ordered them redrawn.

Justice Department Narrows Scope Of 'Sanctuary Cities' Executive Order

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:07:00 -0400

The move by Attorney General Jeff Sessions comes after a federal judge blocked a key part of the directive, the threat of withholding federal funds.

Supreme Court Upholds Rejection Of North Carolina Congressional Districts

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:35:00 -0400

The Supreme Court upheld the rejection of two congressional districts in North Carolina by a lower court. The lower court ruled the districts had been unlawfully drawn to diminish the voting power of African Americans and ordered them redrawn.

Texas Lawmakers Revive 'Bathroom Bill' With Proposal For Public Schools

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:35:00 -0400

The Texas legislature is again considering a bathroom bill. This one would require children in public schools to use restrooms that correspond to the gender on their birth certificates.

Jury Selection Begins In Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Trial

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:35:00 -0400

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Jeremy Roebuck about the latest in the jury selection for the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial.