Cynthia M. Allen

| |Wednesday, Jul. 30, 2014

Why consensus matters in making social policy

In dueling federal appeals court decisions last week, judges issued contradictory rulings about the president’s signature legislation, arriving at opposite interpretations of the plain language of the Affordable Care Act.

The circuit split likely means that the controversial law’s fate will be left to the U.S. Supreme Court, yet again. Read more

Bud Kennedy

| |Tuesday, Jul. 29, 2014

Not happy that Fort Worth is the ‘least funny’ city and Texas’ ‘least happy’

First, Fort Worth was named America’s Least Funny City.

If that wasn’t bad enough, now we’re also Texas’ Least Happy City. Read more

Mike Norman

| |Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

Mike Norman: Theodore Roosevelt’s frustration with Congress seems familiar

I love a good book on U.S. history, and Doris Kearns Goodwin’s latest is one of the best I’ve seen.

As in her last book, Team of Rivals, a biography of Abraham Lincoln woven around his relationships with members of his cabinet, Goodwin doesn’t just write. She invites readers into what The New York Times called her “time machine,” and it’s a fascinating trip. Read more

Bob Ray Sanders

| |Tuesday, Jul. 29, 2014

New federal sentencing guidelines will be retroactive

The U.S. Sentencing Commission finally has voted to rectify a wrong perpetrated on tens of thousands of drug offenders serving harsh — and some people believe unjust — prison terms.

Sentencing guidelines passed by Congress almost 30 years ago mandated long prison terms for even minor drug offenses and, more disturbing, instituted a policy declaring that sentences for crimes involving crack cocaine be 100 times greater than those for powder cocaine. Read more