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On this day in 1981, Congress passed President Reagan's plan to cut tax rates by 25 percent over three years. The proposal had been a central pillar of Reagan's presidential campaign a year earlier, and six months into his first term - in the face of a recession unequaled until today - he was determined to get it done.
Gov. Joe Manchin tapped former chief counsel Carte Goodwin, a member of a prominent West Virginia family, to succeed the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd on Friday.
Two conservative-driven decisions with potentially broad consequences will likely define the just-completed Supreme Court term: freeing corporations and unions to spend as much as they like in campaigns for Congress and president, and ruling that Americans have a right to a gun for self-defense wherever they live.
Even the most hopeful conservatives should not expect Senate Republicans to derail President Obama's nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Ms. Kagan's credentials are impressive, she has a modest "paper trail," and the Democrats still have a sizable majority in the Senate.
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on Monday pushed back at Republican accusations that she is liberal ideologue, telling Congress that if confirmed she would consider every case "impartially, modestly" and "in accordance of the law."
Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. has either restored fundamental freedom or aided the destruction of American democracy, depending on how you see the Supreme Court's campaign-finance ruling Thursday.
Election lawyers say the Republican National Committee is probably banking on changes to the Supreme Court in its latest challenge to the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law.
When Crystal Meredith moved to Louisville, Ky., in August 2002, she attempted to enroll her son in the public kindergarten about a mile from her home. The local school was full. Officials assigned the boy to a school 10 miles distant. When Ms. Meredith asked whether her son could attend a different elementary school that was also 1 mile away and had space, she was informed her son's assignment to that school would upset the "desegregation compliance" of the school. In other words, he was the wrong color.
The Supreme Court limited abortion rights, restricted school-integration programs and gave freer rein to political advertising in the 2006-07 term, when a solid conservative majority emerged.