A week after a sweeping education bill was abruptly adopted by Alabama's Legislature, the legislation is on hold, with a circuit judge and the state's supreme court reviewing separate lawsuits filed over it. The bill gives tax credits to parents who move children from struggling schools to private or public schools.
Many elected officials say there's a link between immigration and crime, and have even passed tough anti-immigration laws as a result. But some researchers say cities with large immigrant populations boast conditions that depress crime: young families and active, bustling neighborhoods.
Friday's surprisingly good jobs report and the lowest unemployment level in four years had many economists celebrating. The president and Republican congressional leaders, not so much. Ironically, the slice of good economic news could contradict the narrative each side is using to try to shape fiscal policy.
Sure, the economy added 236,000 jobs last month and unemployment dropped to 7.7 percent. But questions about low wages, consumer debt and government austerity cloud the sunny picture. We look at five points economists are debating.
While the laws in some states might allow school employees to bring guns into classrooms, South Dakota is believed to be the first state to enact such a specific measure. It gives districts the right to set up "school sentinel" programs that train personnel.
The Arizona Democrat survived a gun attack and has gone on to campaign for changes in gun laws. "The fact that she went through this obviously horrendous tragedy and has recommitted herself to the political process ... is really inspiring," says Caroline Kennedy.
Times were different when he signed the law in 1996, the former president writes in The Washington Post. Today, he says, the act that defines marriage as between a man and a woman discriminates against same-sex couples who have become legally married.
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