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Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

Jeffrey Scott Shapiro, a legal analyst for The Washington Times, can be reached at jshapiro@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

Edward Blum, director of the Project on Fair Representation, speaks to reporters during a news conference in Washington, Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, announcing the filing of two lawsuits challenging the alleged racial preference admissions policies of Harvard and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Harvard, UNC sued over race-based admissions policies

The Alexandria legal advocacy group that sued Harvard University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill this week for capping the number of Asian-Americans they admit says it hopes to file more lawsuits against other colleges for race-based admissions policies in the coming days. Published November 18, 2014

In this Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, file photo provided by NASA, the Orbital Sciences Corp. Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, explodes moments after launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Orbital Sciences says it will likely stop using the type of engines that were employed when its unmanned Antares commercial supply rocket moments after liftoff last week. (AP Photo/NASA, Joel Kowsky, File)

Orbital eyes end of Soviet engines after rocket crash

Orbital Sciences Corp., the Northern Virginia aerospace company whose Antares rocket exploded shortly after liftoff last week, will "likely" end its use Soviet-made engines in future missions for NASA, the company said Wednesday. Published November 5, 2014

A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded and crashed in California Saturday, killing a pilot aboard and seriously injuring another while scattering wreckage in the Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said. (Associated Press)

Virgin Galactic crash probe focuses on descent system

Federal investigators probing Friday's fatal crash of a Virgin Galactic private space tourism craft say they now suspect the rocket plane's descent system deployed prematurely, sending the ship's tail into a rise and causing the craft to "disintegrate." Published November 3, 2014

The Cygnus cargo ship held 5,000 pounds of experiments and equipment. One-third of the capsule's contents involved research, including experiments by schoolchildren. (Eastern Shore News via Associated Press)

Rocket contracted by NASA explodes after Virginia launch

An unmanned NASA-contracted rocket powered by a Soviet-era Russian rocket engine exploded Tuesday night along the northeastern Virginia coast, flaring into a massive fireball shortly after it launched from Wallops Flight Facility. Published October 28, 2014

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Ex-political prisoner: Putin's regime destined to fall

The billionaire Russian oil tycoon who lost his assets and freedom after defying Vladimir Putin says the Kremlin has co-opted the country's legal system and hijacked its armed forces to benefit a plutocratic regime that is destined for collapse. Published October 16, 2014

Holocaust denial video that suggested Jews were not exterminated by gas chambers at the Nazi Auschwitz concentration camp mysteriously received flattering praise in letters from the offices of one U.S. representative, a Maine state representative and a high-ranking policy adviser to the president of Hungary who now works for NATO. (AP Photo)

Mystery surrounds letters praising Holocaust denial video

A Holocaust denial video that suggested Jews were not exterminated by gas chambers at the Nazi Auschwitz concentration camp mysteriously received flattering praise in letters from the offices of one U.S. representative, a Maine state representative and a high-ranking policy adviser to the president of Hungary who now works for NATO. Published October 13, 2014

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker addresses the Republican National Committee summer meetings in Chicago on Aug. 8, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

SHAPIRO: Walker support group seeks to uphold prosecution injunction

Lawyers for a special interest group on Tuesday asked a federal appeals court to uphold an injunction that blocks a Wisconsin prosecutor from reviving an investigation that targeted conservative organizations accused of illegally coordinating with Gov. Scott Walker's 2011-2012 campaign. Published September 10, 2014

Power: Rockets transporting national security satellites to space are propelled by RD-180 engines. Lawmakers are concerned that the U.S. has become so dependent on the Russian military technology. (Associated Press)

U.S. military reliance on Russian rocket raises security fears

The rising tensions with Russia over its aggression in Ukraine is creating national security concerns inside the Pentagon, where the military's largest satellite program is reliant on a rocket engine produced by Moscow. Published September 2, 2014

President Obama called Russia President Vladimir Putin to tell him that Moscow was violating the 1994 treaty. 
 Nearly three weeks later, Russia annexed Crimea. (Associated Press)

Obama inaction on Ukraine could impede nuclear disarmament

The muted American response to Russia's invasions of Ukraine could have consequences far beyond Eastern Europe, according to security analysts who fear the crisis may discourage countries in the future from swearing off nuclear weapons like Kiev did in a 1994 treaty. Published September 1, 2014

High-profile American political consultants linked to Democrats and later hired by politicians in Nigeria include Lanny Davis of Levick. (Associated Press)

U.S. public relations, consulting firms find political gold in Nigeria

For decades, Americans have sought oil riches in Nigeria. But now the rise of a new opposition party, a competitive election in 2015 and a serious terrorism threat in that African nation have created political gold for U.S. public relations and election-consulting firms. Published August 13, 2014

Alexander Litvinenko Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Alexander Litvinenko, a tragic Russian patriot

Nearly eight years ago, the news shocked the world that Alexander Litvinenko, a Russian FSB officer who defected to Britain in 2000, died after having been poisoned while having tea with three other retired Russian intelligence agents in a luxury London hotel. Published August 6, 2014

The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-13M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.  (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Moscow: Continue U.S. cooperation in space

Moscow wants to work with Washington to further space exploration despite a recent NASA memo noting the crisis in Ukraine has nearly severed prospects for partnership, Russian officials say. Published July 20, 2014