Nixon and Reagan tried closing the border to pressure Mexico – here’s what happened

Both presidents brought border traffic and trade to a standstill in hopes of changing Mexican policy in the drug war. And both failed to achieve their goals.

Texas bans chaplains from its execution chamber

The U.S. Supreme Court halted the execution of Patrick Murphy last week because he wasn’t given access to a Buddhist chaplain. Now, no chaplains will be allowed in the death chamber.

New Zealand massacre dredges up worries at traumatized New York mosque

“We worry because we got the hate already,” said the general secretary of Al Furqan Jame Masjid, a Queens mosque whose imam was shot to death in 2016.

The public may never see a report from Mueller’s investigation

Will the public ever see a report from Robert Mueller’s investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia? Maybe not. There are big legal hurdles to making it public.

How the rich really play ‘Who Wants to be an Ivy Leaguer?’

A ProPublica editor who investigated how the rich buy their children’s way into elite colleges reflects on the latest scandal—and remembers when affluent readers mistook his expose for a “how-to” guide.

ICE detainees on hunger strike are being force-fed, just like Guantánamo detainees before them

Alleged ‘enemy combatants’ held at Guantánamo Bay who went on hunger strikes to protest their indefinite detention were force-fed by the US military. Today, ICE is force-feeding immigrant detainees.

Trump administration opposes a return to federal oversight for Texas redistricting

The Trump administration no longer supports requiring Texas to obtain federal approval of changes to its legislative and congressional maps.

What’s the economic impact of a government shutdown?

With President Trump insisting on funding for his border wall and Democrats vehemently opposed, a partial government shutdown is possible. Here’s what it could mean for the economy.

Republicans don’t want your vote to count

The GOP is trying to overturn the will of voters in Wisconsin, Michigan, and maybe a state near you.