A new report suggests the department has colossally failed low-income families, seniors and people with disabilities.
Ballot initiatives seek reforms for laws on policing, prosecution, mass incarceration and other issues.
The storm is expected to quickly weaken as it moves toward Arkansas. It did not reach hurricane status.
California Rep. Kevin McCarthy and Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise are likely to be in the running for House speaker; for now, they are choosing their words carefully.
Louisiana's attorney general rules out criminal charges against two Baton Rouge police officers in the death of a black man during a struggle outside a convenience store in 2016.
The menacing system could strengthen into a "bomb cyclone" with hurricane-force winds, flooding and snow along the East Coast.
Because there was no mandatory evacuation, people of all races and classes remained in Harvey's path, not just folks who couldn’t afford to leave.
The 13th Amendment provides a loophole that allows for the legality of unpaid prison labor, which is sometimes called "modern-day slavery."