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State vs. Federal Law: Who Really Holds the Trump Card?

Lesley Daunt | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Lesley Daunt

If a state law gives people more rights than a federal law, the state law is legally supposed to prevail. This means state law will always supersede federal law when the person in question stands to gain more from the state law, right? Wrong.

Friday Talking Points -- A Weed Screed

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The subject under the microscope today is marijuana, and (in particular) the federal government's views and actions towards this issue.

Self-inflicted Wounds: New Alaska Laws Reject Statehood

John Aronno | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
John Aronno

The signing of these bills into law is the closest any state has come to seceding. One resolution went so far as to urge the federal government to "recede." We have officially adopted laws asserting autonomy and authority over the union of which we are a part, to which we pledge allegiance to.

Experts Send Urgent Message On Drones To Senate

AP | By JOAN LOWY | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Privacy laws urgently need to be updated to protect the public from information-gathering by the thousands of civilian drones expe...

Marissa Mayer Starts Maternity Leave Debate

Carolyn Anderson | Posted 09.19.2012 | Parents
Carolyn Anderson

Mayer's decisions are a reminder of the importance of choice. It's time we open up the debate about maternity leave and work towards ensuring all women have more choices about when and how they return to work after having a baby.

Radley Balko

House Bill Would Apply U.S. Drug Policy Globally

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics

The House Judiciary Committee passed a bill yesterday that would make it a federal crime for U.S. residents to discuss or plan activities on foreign s...

Four Americans Get Top-Grade Pot From U.S. Government

AP | NIGEL DUARA | Posted 11.28.2011 | Home

EUGENE, Ore. — Sometime after midnight on a moonlit rural Oregon highway, a state trooper checking a car he had just pulled over found pot on a ...

Reporting a Murder Trial, 140 Characters at a Time

AlaskaDispatch.com | Posted 07.24.2011 | Technology
AlaskaDispatch.com

You don't have to be at the Bonnie Craig murder trial--the dramatic cold case--nor do you have to wait until the story airs on the evening news or a reporter files a story online, or even for someone to drop a newspaper at your door, to get all the details from the courtroom proceedings.

Arizona Gone Wild: Does New Bill Give State the Right to Overthrow Federal Government?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Biggers

Under the guise of "respecting" the US Constitution, the new bill paradoxically adds for good measure: "This state and its citizens shall not recognize or be obligated to live under the statute, mandate or executive order."

National Self-Interest: The Reason to Pass the Dream Act Now

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Fernando Espuelas

While the opposition cries out that the DREAM Act is a kind of back door amnesty for undocumented workers, it is actually a sensible, rational strategy to meet America's economic and social needs.

Doctor Shortage? 28 States May Expand Nurse Practitioners' Role

AP | CARLA K. JOHNSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

CHICAGO — A nurse may soon be your doctor. With a looming shortage of primary care doctors, 28 states are considering expanding the authority of...