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Updated Nov 16, 2015 at 10:30 AM

If three Democrats have a debate in the forest and no one listens, does it make a difference? Everyone is pretending to be surprised that a three-person debate featuring one serious candidate had a small audience. Could it be because it was held on a Saturday night when people are watching football, movies and going out on the town? You had to know the audience would plummet when Lincoln Chaffee left the show to become an Emo Phillips impersonator and Jim Webb took time off to...

Updated Nov 15, 2015 at 8:51 AM

Prosecutors are the most powerful figures in the criminal justice system. The proliferation of criminal statutes along with sentence enhancements and mandatory minimum sentencing, which have recently been called into question, have...

Updated Nov 10, 2015 at 11:18 AM

All the info you need on the party's fourth debate.

Updated Nov 10, 2015 at 5:06 AM

I’ve seen this movie before. The story is that of a young man who overcame great odds early in life and ended up becoming an important part of many historic events. He met Elvis, played football at Alabama, served in Vietnam,...

Updated Nov 13, 2015 at 2:14 PM

In Georgia, as in most states, prosecutors and defense attorneys in capital cases can strike jurors during jury selection for just about any reason. A potential juror is chewing gum ... she’s out. A potential juror is a school...

Updated Nov 6, 2015 at 9:51 AM

Ask anybody who’s ever done it: Running for Congress is a lot of hard work. So why not get paid for it? Review-Journal political reporter Ben Botkin this week uncovered the fact that in Nevada, Republican Congressional...

Updated Oct 30, 2015 at 6:44 PM

Jackson County officials filed an ethics complaint last week against Commissioner Doug Breidenthal raising questions of possible fraud and misuse of public funds related to expenses that include airfare to Alaska for his wife. The...

Updated Oct 30, 2015 at 11:16 AM

The Republican National Committee suddenly suspended an upcoming presidential debate, hosted by NBC and Telemundo, amid fierce

Updated Oct 30, 2015 at 7:13 AM

With his beleaguered campaign burning through cash and his family fast running out of patience, Jeb Bush now sees a loan from Donald Trump as his best path to the Republican presidential nomination. Even as he was still...

Updated Oct 30, 2015 at 6:35 AM

The time has come to remove police officers from America’s classrooms. The safety and security of students is of utmost importance, but the risk of a student being arrested or brutalized for common disciplinary infractions outweighs...

Updated Oct 29, 2015 at 7:52 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Paul Ryan captured enough House votes Thursday to become the chamber's next speaker, as a splintered Republican Party turned to the youthful but seasoned lawmaker to mend its self-inflicted wounds and craft a...

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