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Abortion remains a controversial topic nearly 30 years after the U.S. Supreme Court decision known as Roe v. Wade struck down most state laws restricting a woman's access to the medical procedure. … more »


Under the U.S. Constitution the federal budget legislation originates in the House of Representatives and is then sent to the Senate with both bodies resolving any differences before sending the final… more »


Civil Liberties

Civil liberties derive from the U.S. Constitution and particularly its first 10 amendments known as the Bill of Rights.  Those include everything from religious freedom and a free press to the right… more »


Historically state, local and national governments have used numerous ways to improve communities from building simple neighborhood parks to launching wholesale clearances of urban centers for rebuilding. … more »


Criminal Justice

The criminal justice system at both the national and local level consists of law enforcement agencies, courts with judges and attorneys and corrections from community-release programs to maximum-security… more »

Drug Policy

Drugs like cocaine and morphine were once available in over-the-counter medicines and tonics often in mixtures with alcohol.  Federal regulation beginning early in the 20th century quickly led to… more »



Environmental concerns and national security intersect in the debate over energy policy.  Ever since the "Arab oil embargo" of 1973 created fuel shortages and gas lines in the United States, presidents… more »


The power of the federal government to impose regulations based on environmental concerns dates in large part to the Endangered Species Act signed into law by President Richard Nixon in 1973.  That… more »



The Second Amendment seems simple on the surface:  "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." … more »

Health Care

After decades of debate and failed attempts Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which President Obama signed into law on March 23, 2010.  The bill passed both the Senate… more »

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