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June 23, 1989
Tuesday's flag-burning decision divided the U.S. Supreme Court as deeply as any in recent memory. Unfortunately, some dissenting opinions were so strongly worded that they will be read by some as protests against being forced to choose between law and country. The court ruled that the Constitution protects the burning of an American flag as an expression of free speech. Justice William J. Brennan Jr. persuasively declared for the 5-4 majority that, "we do not consecrate the flag by punishing its desecration, for in so doing we dilute the the freedom that this cherished emblem represents."
May 6, 2012 |
In recent weeks, a parade of top officials has given sober, underpublicized speeches explaining why President Obama not only considers "targeted killing" drone strikes against terrorists legal but has massively expanded their use, even approving a strike against a U.S. citizen, the New Mexico-born Al Qaeda preacher Anwar Awlaki, in Yemen last year. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. gave a lecture arguing that the government has a right to kill U.S. citizens who practice terrorism as long as it observes some form of "due process" in its secret decision-making.
November 10, 2013 |
Giant online retailer Amazon.com Inc. is turning up the heat on rivals this holiday season and beyond under a new deal with the U.S. Postal Service for delivering packages on Sundays. Starting this week, the postal service will bring Amazon packages on Sundays to shoppers' doors in the Los Angeles and New York metropolitan areas at no extra charge. Next year, it plans to roll out year-round Sunday delivery to Dallas, New Orleans, Phoenix and other cities. Getting packages on Sundays normally is expensive for customers.
November 17, 1986 |
On a day when the gods were restless, Thrill Show tried to restore normalcy to Hollywood Park by predictably winning the first half of Sunday's Hollywood Derby. But Sunday was a day when normalcy was vastly overmatched. One power failure later, Spellbound, a 3-year-old colt who travels with a pet goat, won the second division of the Derby at 87-1 and just as he crossed the finish line, lighting on the track and on the tote board went out for the second time.
February 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- A secret Senate report on harsh CIA interrogations of terrorism suspects makes “rather damning” allegations of mismanagement and misrepresentation by CIA officers that must be investigated, President Obama's nominee to be CIA director said at his confirmation hearing. John Brennan, the White House counterterrorism chief, told the Senate Intelligence Committee that “there clearly were a number of things, many things…that were very concerning and disturbing to me and that I would want to look into immediately.” The classified 6,000-page Senate Intelligence Committee report focused on the now-shuttered CIA program to detain Al Qaeda operatives at then-secret prisons around the world.