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The Swampby Peter Wallsten By inserting himself Wednesday night into the case of an arrested Harvard University professor, President Obama made the most overt step of his tenure into the nation's racial politics. The measured and cautious Obama that Americans...
Tags: Government, NAACP, Prosecution, Police Arrests, Illinois
The Swampby Peter Wallsten, Peter Nicholas and Richard Simon A day after saying that police "acted stupidly" in arresting a black Harvard University professor in his own home, President Obama appeared to soften his stance Thursday, spreading the blame more...
The Swampby Mark Silva The illness which has sidelined the senior senator from Massachusetts after 47 years in Washington bodes the end of a dramatic era which opened a little over five decades ago with a mix of money, romance and......
Who's on Team Gloucester?Say the word 'gang' to someone around here and they probably don't immediately think, 'Gloucester.' Whether they would see a correlation between the two after Thursday night's gang awareness meeting is open for debate. The Gloucester Task Force on...
The Swampby Mark Silva At least 47 school-age children in Chicago have died in homicides -- mostly victims of gun violence - since January, when President Barack Obama, of Chicago, took office, our Chicago-based friend, John McCormick, notes at Bloomberg News........
The Swampby David G. Savage The Supreme Court justices sounded today as though they are inclined to limit the use of life prison terms for young criminals who are not involved in a murder. At issue was whether it is cruel......
Tags: Laws, Punishment, Rape, Judges, Theft
The Swampby Mark Silva With President Barack Obama's job approval rating at a term-low near the end of his first year, the Pew Research Center's Andrew Kohut suggests that "what's really exceptional at this stage of Obama's presidency is the extent......
Tags: Government, Corruption, Virginia, Weather, Corporate Crime
The Swamp100 senators, 100 meetings, 100 pictures like this: Elena Kagan meets with Florida Sen. George LeMieux on Thursday. (AP/Drew Angerer) by James Oliphant In her first weeks as dean of Harvard Law School in 2003, Elena Kagan put the......
Tags: George LeMieux, Elections, Elena Kagan, Interior Policy, Defense
Reality CheckBOFF returns with a recap of this week's Real World New Orleans. I'm sorry it's so late -- my spam filter keeps blocking the wrong things (including freelancers who have been writing for me for years -- SO frustrating). Anyway,......
The Swampby Katie Fretland The sister, brother and niece of Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) were indicted yesterday on charges of using charities they controlled to funnel government grant money for themselves. Some of that grant money should have been used to........
Tags: FBI, Crimes, Corporate Crime, Fraud, Theft
Who's on Team Gloucester?County Administrator Brenda Garton will offer her proposed budget to the Gloucester Board of Supervisors on Tuesday night, but constitutional officers have sounded the alarm. Proposed statewide funding cutbacks could be quite a hardship if the county...
The Swampby Mark Silva President Barack Obama, who will deliver an East Room address on healthcare this afternoon, maintains that his final push for legislation offering insurance to the uninsured and better coverage for the insured contains "the best ideas''...
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