September 6, 2013 |
HOUSTON - Leaders of San Antonio, the second-largest city in Texas, approved a non-discrimination ordinance for gay and transgender residents this week over the objections of conservatives, who have vowed to keep up the fight. Other Texas cities have already passed anti-bias ordinances, including Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth and Houston. But this time, the measure was backed by Democratic Mayor Julian Castro , a rising star in the party and on the radar of Republicans keying up for statewide primaries in March.
August 30, 2013 |
John Brown, the white abolitionist who sought to free black slaves with the barrel of a gun, is a recurring character in American literature. He's one of the ghosts that haunt Marilynne Robinson's "Gilead," and he's the messianic, brooding prophet at the heart of Russell Banks' epic "Cloudsplitter. " In the post-Civil War memoir of his contemporary, Frederick Douglass, Brown is a brave, principled man, with a plan to start a slave uprising that's plainly suicidal. In James McBride's new novel, "The Good Lord Bird," Brown is a comic figure, given to making religious speeches at strangely inappropriate moments.
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August 20, 2013 |
Federal officials have suspended volunteer visitation programs at three immigrant detention facilities in Southern California, sparking outcry from civil liberties groups who say the move further isolates detainees held out of sight, far from their families and often without access to legal assistance. Volunteers who meet regularly with detainees at two facilities in Orange County and one in San Bernardino County say they were notified by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials July 24 that the programs were being suspended.
August 9, 2013 |
AT NEW YORK When: 10 a.m. PDT. Where: Prudential Center, Newark, N.J. On the air: TV: TWC, TWC Deportes. Records: Sparks 15-7, Liberty 9-12. Record vs. Liberty: 1-0. Update: After missing three games because of a right wrist injury, Candace Parker returned Thursday against Indiana, helping the Sparks win their third game in a row, 74-64. The Sparks have one game remaining on their five-game trip before returning to L.A. for two games. The Sparks are in second place in the Western Conference, 2 1/2 games behind first-place Minnesota.
July 27, 2013 |
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Matt Evans realized Flagstaff's efforts to criminalize panhandling had reached new heights when a police officer intercepted him as he attempted to hand a $10 bill to a homeless family in a supermarket parking lot. "These people are breaking the law," Evans said the officer told him. She said that giving the money would be akin to facilitating a crime. Stunned, the 34-year-old PhD candidate looked again at the homeless couple with two young children in tow. "I have every right to give anyone I want money," Evans told the officer.
July 12, 2013
Re "Catholic bishops cry wolf," Editorial, July 8 Conservatives and progressives hold conflicting conceptions of liberty. For conservatives, liberty has meant being free to dominate or control others. For progressives, liberty has meant liberation from others' control. Edmund Burke, the archetypal conservative, viewed English "liberty" as including a hierarchical, hereditary monarchy and aristocracy. In the post-Civil War period in the U.S., Southern conservatives viewed maintaining laws that favored whites as part of their liberty.
July 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - As Americans were learning that the National Security Agency has been secretly collecting their phone records, a privacy board intended to monitor government surveillance finally came into existence last month - years after the Sept. 11 Commission recommended its creation. The nonpartisan Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board held its first public hearing Tuesday, taking comments from former government lawyers who support expanded surveillance and from privacy advocates who oppose it. "We are looking for solutions," not just commentary, said board member Elisebeth Collins Cook.
July 8, 2013 |
When the Supreme Court struck down a section of the Defense of Marriage Act, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said it was a "tragic day for marriage and our nation. " But the bishops go further, arguing that when the state legalizes same-sex civil marriage, "conflict results on a massive scale between the law and religious institutions and families.... Religious liberty is then threatened. " The bishops are equally alarmist about what they see as the threat to religious freedom posed by the Obama administration's requirement that employee health plans - including those at religious colleges and hospitals - include contraception services.
July 5, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Romance can be tumultuous, and no one knows that better than the Statue of Liberty. Over and over, Lady Liberty has been separated from her adoring public, most recently by an uninvited guest named Sandy who stormed through, leaving heartbreak and ruin in her wake. For eights months, the statue stood alone in New York Harbor, but the painful breakup was pushed aside Thursday as visitors returned to the Statue of Liberty for the first time since the superstorm shut her down on Oct. 29, 2012.
July 4, 2013 |
The holiday we observe today is a flag-waving celebration of the uniquely American values that have endured since Colonial times. First and foremost of these is liberty, which for the founders meant being liberated not only from the tyranny of King George III but from the oppressive hand of any ruler. It was one of the inalienable rights they asserted in the Declaration of Independence, and it remains a beacon that draws people from other nations to these shores. Yet the founders also recognized that some problems were too big to be solved by individuals on their own terms.