When Texas Republicans began hunting for a state Supreme Court candidate in 1994, they approached a bright young oil-and-gas lawyer named Priscilla Owen. She'd been the top scorer on the Texas bar exam and, at 30, made partner at a prestigious Houston law firm, but she was hardly a political animal.
When Jessica Gonzales was ending a difficult marriage in 1999, she turned to the legal system for help. Her estranged husband, Simon, had attempted to hang himself in the garage, called the house at all hours, and had terrified Gonzales and their three young daughters by hiding in dark corners and leaping out, she says. "He used to toy with us," she says. "We didn't know what he was going to do." He had threatened to buy a gun and to abduct the girls from school, Gonzales recalls.
The political campaign may be over, but the battles over prescription drugs are heating up. Last month the Food and Drug Administration drew new scrutiny after an FDA regulator told Congress that the agency was "virtually incapable of protecting America" from unsafe drugs like the arthritis medication Vioxx.
He may have won re-election and a majority in both houses of Congress, but George W. Bush shouldn't expect a free ride on Capitol Hill. Republicans maintained their control of the House and expanded their lead in the Senate, with at least 54 seats in their column (the results of the Alaska race were not clear at press time).
On the first vote, half the jurors were ready to send Mark Ducic to his death. After several days of tense deliberations in an Ohio courthouse, they had already convicted Ducic of mass murder--killing two people with lethal cocktails of prescription drugs.
On Main Avenue in Brookings, S.D., a smartly dressed woman spotted John Thune, the Republican running to unseat Sen. Tom Daschle, and charged across the street, her smile beaming and her hand outstretched. "I'm with you," 62-year-old Connie Burdick told Thune. "Something's got to be done," she said, to stop the downfall of traditional values.
The former first lady's fight to spur embryonic research before and after Ronald Reagen died from Alzheimer's.
If you had happened to spot Dr. Michael Newdow returning his legal books to the public library in suburban Sacramento, Calif., earlier this month, you might not have suspected that the barefoot man clad in rumpled jeans and a puffy green ski jacket was a respected emergency-room physician.