The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear BP’s appeal of the agreement forcing the company to pay billions of dollars to businesses deemed hurt in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. That means the oil giant must continue to make the payments under the agreement it signed after the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
No jurisdiction has implemented a comprehensive recording requirement for all police activities. But it could be done. The technology exists to cheaply and easily document all aspects of a police investigation. Given the advantages of using it, why hasn’t such recording technology been more widely adopted?
Questions about where and when Obama should weigh in, and what he should say about race and policing, persist. As the first African-American president, Obama, who is often looked to for reassurance in poor and minority communities, confronts expectations that are different from any previous president.
The federal government should listen to the same popular voices that the states have heard. Marijuana is a drug of choice for millions, which like alcohol may be used moderately or abused. But for those afflicted with the many serious illnesses for which marijuana supplies substantial relief, it is a drug of compassion.
More than 50 years after Birmingham, America’s race problems are again front-page news, from London to Baghdad, Beijing to Tehran — and trumpeted to the remotest mountaintops via Arab-language radio and television stations. Russia, China and ISIS are all crowing on social media about American “hypocrisy.”
The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a combined version of National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 that will see defense spending set at $585 billion for 2015. After a bipartisan vote of 300-119, the legislation will now head to the Senate, where it is expected to be voted on next week.