FROM David Hawkings
When the Senate Goes GOP, Will They Keep the Nuclear Option? When senators return to work on Capitol Hill next week, Republicans will be in charge for the first time in eight years. That gives them the opportunity to keep a very controversial rule made by the Democratic Senate: the so-called "nuclear option," which makes it easier to approve Presidential appointments. At the time of the change, incoming Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said he saw "no rational basis" to change those rules back. David Hawkings writes the "Hawkings Here" blog at Roll Call . He is former managing editor of that publication.
Fear and Bias in the Criminal Justice System How often do police officers in American cities use deadly force against black men? When killings are justified, what’s the official reason? We look for the answers to those and other questions raised by recent police killings that have sparked widespread outrage against racism in the justice system.