As recently as 2006, 10 states allowed immigrants to apply for a driver’s license without proving their legal residence. As border control has become a bigger political issue, however, that right has evaporated in all but three states: Utah, New Mexico, and Washington—which may soon be the last place where all drivers can get a regular license.
Sixteen years after genocide, Rwanda is a relatively peaceful place. But recent events have raised doubts as to whether stability is coming at the expense of basic freedoms. Earlier this year, Rwanda suspended two newspapers critical of President Paul Kagame and arrested a presidential candidate, all in the name of a law preventing “genocide ideology.”
Zachary Chesser’s purported YouTube user name was LearnTeachFightDie, one of several monikers the man who posted threatening remarks about "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone used before he allegedly tried to join militants in Somalia.
Karen Handel, who was endorsed by Sarah Palin, is now a frontrunner for Georgia governor, while a strong Republican turnout in the state suggests the GOP could hang onto the office it had finally won after more than a century.
Once sworn in as West Virginia's new senator, Carte Goodwin could provide a pivotal vote for Democrats on such issues as extending unemployment benefits. But his appointment does not resolve the permanent makeup of the state's Senate delegation.
Changes to financial regulations got a shot in the arm Tuesday with news that two Republican senators will (gasp!) vote with Democrats in favor of the latest version of the legislation. Democrats made several key alterations to win the votes of Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine and Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, giving Democrats the 60 votes they need to break a GOP filibuster and move the bill to the president’s desk.
Whether the White House wins or loses its lawsuit against Arizona, the court action is a win for the Obama administration in at least one respect: it undermines criticism that the president has done nothing when it comes to immigration reform.
BP and federal officials have conjured parts of their oil-spill response plan from scratch and changed them by the day, often failing to act with the speed and decisiveness an emergency demands. The shortfalls have left responders in the Florida Panhandle longing for a post-hurricane chain of command.
Stiff competition from Amazon and Apple is one reason for the gloomy income statement the company released this week: Barnes & Noble lost $32 million in the quarter ending May 1, compared with a $2 million loss during the same period last year.
Those awful FEMA trailers are back, this time as temporary housing for workers responding to BP’s disaster in the gulf. And in bad news for Obama, the public rates his handling of the mess similar to how Bush bungled the hurricane response.
Until recently, the Obama administration had been coy about whether it mount a legal challenge Arizona’s much-debated immigration law. Now that Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s perhaps-unintentional confirmation of a pending lawsuit has made the rounds, the cat appears to be out of the bag.
In 1974, the Chilean government decided not to clean up an oil spill along its southern coast. The result: a natural laboratory for testing oil’s environmental impact, and valuable lessons for the fate of the gulf.
As we consume the well-justified avalanche of news about the spill in the gulf, let's do so with a dose of context. Here's how the Deepwater Horizon spill stacks up against previous environmental accidents.