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A Strangely Beautiful Map of Race in America

Why 'Stop and Frisk' Matters, Even If You Don't Live in New York

The policy represents a constitutional scandal that could take place any time police are willing to take shortcuts.<p>If you don't live in or near New York City, it's easy not to care about the controversial "stop and frisk" policy its police have implemented there. If you are a tourist visiting …

On Voting Rights, a Decision as Lamentable as Plessy or Dred Scott

Splitting 5-4 along ideological lines, today the Supreme Court ruled a key provision of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional.<p>Let's be clear about what has just happened. Five unelected, life-tenured men this morning declared that overt racial discrimination in the nation's voting practices is …

The 'Hubris' of the Supreme Court's Voting Rights Ruling

Five of the nine justices negate a half-century of successful bipartisan self-government on the grounds that they could have done a better job.<p>Larry Downing/Reuters<p>"Hubris is a fit word for today's demolition of the [Voting Rights Act]," Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in her dissent from the 5-4 …

The Army's $2.7B 'money pit'

The Army calls its battlefield intelligence network a major high-tech breakthrough.<p>Three soldiers, who have used it routinely in Afghanistan, say it’s a dud — a multibillion-dollar dud.<p>“It is a huge, bloated, excessively expensive money pit,” said an Army reservist recently back from the war …