What We Learned About Crime in 2014
Highlights from the year include: national security excesses, a double standard for the rich and poor, corruption, oligarchy, racially biased policing, and straight-up torture.
We'll be keeping you updated as the town of Ferguson and the nation at large respond to the news that the cop who shot unarmed black teen Michael Brown this summer was not indicted.
She was found buried in a riverbank along with her sister, having apparently been shot at least twice in the back.
After decades of arresting people for having weed on the streets of New York, the NYPD is ready to change its tune. But don't get TOO excited—we're a long way from legal marijuana.
Hired guns have long been a staple of America's war on terror, but this week four former Blackwater mercenaries were (finally) found guilty of slaughtering Iraqi civilians in 2007.
At a time when voting rights are threatened, schools are segregated, and police seem to be doing whatever they feel like to people of color, the appointment of a star reformer to head up the Justice Department's civil rights division offers some hope.
There were a lot of celebratory headlines after Attorney General Eric Holder announced a drop in the federal prison population last week, but the state-by-state numbers tell a more complicated tale.
A longshot challenger to New York's vindictive governor only won 33 percent of the vote. But she could have laid the groundwork for a new progressive insurgency in the Democratic Party.
A new mayor was supposed to bring a new day for the NYPD, but "broken windows" policing means minorities in the city are still plagued by brutality and harassment.
After the disaster that was post-invasion Iraq, should America really be trying to solve this (scary) quagmire again?
There's a new political party in the Empire State, and its agenda seems pretty simple: stand up for women. But one ethically-challenged man's fingerprints are all over it.
The president wants to name and shame the rest of the world into cutting carbon emissions, but that sort of strategy requires moral authority—something America sorely lacks these days.
Uber has been taking the country (and much of Planet Earth) by storm. But they're pissing a lot of people off in the process, which helps explain why they just hired the guy who sold Barack Obama to America.
Between the daily drip of stories about paramilitary police forces exerting their will on minorities in places like Ferguson, Missouri, and the regular escape from punishment by rich white bankers, it's easy to be cynical about law and order in America.
The next presidential election is more than two years away, so why is the former Secretary of State talking a big game about America imposing its will across the world?
It's becoming a sort of monthly ritual for the US government to cut a deal with one of the banks that caused the 2008 financial crisis.