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  • Justice Department invites thousands of inmates to seek clemency

    Justice Department invites thousands of inmates to seek clemency
    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Wednesday unveiled the most ambitious federal clemency program in 40 years, inviting thousands of jailed drug offenders and other convicts to seek early release as part of a new program intended to correct sentencing injustices and relieve prison overcrowding.
  • Sodomy laws that won't die

     Sodomy laws that won't die
    Even as the United States continues its historic move toward fairness and equity for gay people, antiquated anti-sodomy laws remain on the books in a dozen states. Theoretically, these laws were rendered unenforceable by the Supreme Court's 2003 ruling in...

    U.S. Senate race in Hawaii pits opposing wings of Democratic Party

    U.S. Senate race in Hawaii pits opposing wings of Democratic Party
    HONOLULU — In primaries across the country — in Idaho, Kentucky, Mississippi and other states — Republicans are locked in a heart-and-soul battle between purists and pragmatists clashing over what it means to represent the party, its...

    The U.S. can't let Cliven Bundy win his range war

     The U.S. can't let Cliven Bundy win his range war
    Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is being portrayed by some as a man of principle, an iconoclast who should be admired for his willingness to stand up to the federal government. But in fact he's a petty scofflaw who seems to think that he has the right to pick...

    California judge named head of state's political ethics agency

    SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday appointed as head of California's political ethics agency a judge who has overseen the discipline of attorneys. Jodi Remke, presiding judge of the State Bar Court of California, is Brown's choice for...