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Bail Burden Keeps U.S. Jails Stuffed With Inmates
Two-thirds of the inmates in U.S. jails are petty, nonviolent offenders who are there for only one reason: They can't afford their bail. Sometimes, it's as little as $50. Some will wait behind bars for as long as a year before their cases make it to court. And it will cost taxpayers $9 billion this year to house them.
Lawmakers Weigh Ruling On Campaign Finance
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill lined up on opposite sides on Thursday's Supreme Court ruling lifting limits on corporate money in politics. Those who support campaign restrictions said they would offer new legislation quickly. Supporters said the Constitution had spoken. They all agreed, however, that the ruling is a game-changer.
Gates' Trust-Building Task In Pakistan Hits A Bump
The Pakistani military said Thursday that it won't launch any new offensives against Islamist militants for at least another six months. The comments came during a visit to Pakistan by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who has pushed Pakistan to do more to combat militants.
U.S. Mideast Envoy Faces A Deadlock
U.S. envoy George Mitchell is back in the Middle East, trying to revive peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians. A series of demands from both sides have prevented a resumption of peace talks, and neither side is optimistic about the outcome.
Haiti's Quake Orphans Will Stay Put, For Now
The U.S. is expediting visas for hundreds of children whose adoptions were already in process, but officials say Americans' hoping to adopt kids orphaned as a result of the earthquake should wait. Private flights to rescue children are being discouraged as officials seek to match children with surviving relatives in Haiti.
A Cringe Moment For Brown's 'Available' Daughter
Massachusetts senator-elect Scott Brown went off-script during his acceptance speech Tuesday, telling the country that his two daughters, 21-year-old Ayla and 19-year-old Arianna, are "available." To some, the moment was sweet. To others, it was awkward. And to Fox News host Glenn Beck, it was suspect.
Supreme Court Eases Campaign Finance Curbs
In a sweeping decision, the Supreme Court struck down Thursday the ban on corporate spending on federal and state elections. The much-anticipated opinion opens the way potentially for hundreds of millions of dollars to be spent on this year's midterm elections.
Obama Proposes New Banking Regulations
President Obama called Thursday for new rules limiting the size and scope of Wall Street's biggest banks. The proposal would create new regulations on what banks can do with their own capital. Administration officials say they want to place firewalls between different divisions of financial companies so federally insured deposits can't be used to subsidize speculative trading.
Will Financial Regulations Have Desired Effect?
What if anything will President Obama's proposal to rein in the big banks have on preventing further financial crises? Greg Ip, U.S. economics editor at the Economist, offers his insight.
Democrats Hope Scott Brown Has Moderate Streak
Massachusetts Sen.-elect Scott Brown met Thursday with Republican and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill. Brown insisted he represented all voters, but can Democrats count on courting him as a Yankee Republican? They are betting Brown needs to build a moderate record for a re-election bid looming the year after next.