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PHOTO: President Obama is not unlike his predecessors, dating back to the beginning of the Republic, in using a presidential order to accomplish a goal. Photo of George Washington courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress.

TEMPE, Ariz. - President Obama's executive action on immigration is being compared by some to the act of an emperor or king, but presidents have been issuing executive orders in some form since the era of the Founding Fathers. Paul Bender is a law professor at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ...Read More

PHOTO: Kirk Bloodsworth is the first person exonerated from death row in the U.S. He believes while it is important to do more to protect biological evidence in cases, repealing the death penalty is the best way to ensure innocent people donít end up on death row. Photo credit: Shekinah Lavalle.

RICHMOND, Ky. - An in-depth study of Kentucky's death penalty by the American Bar Association found a mountain of problems including a number of cases in which biological evidence sought for re-testing has "been lost or unavailable." Kirk Bloodsworth says that's unacceptable. Bloodsworth was the fi ...Read More

PHOTO: Audience members react to President Obama's speech highlighting his executive actions on immigration. New York immigrants' advocates say will bring tens of thousands out of the shadows. Photo credit: Pete Souza, The White House.

NEW YORK - President Obama signed a pair of executive orders that will delay deportation for millions nationwide, a move that opens the door for many undocumented New Yorkers to legally find work. Maryann Sinclair Slutsky, executive director with Long Island Wins, says Obama's action will affect ...Read More

Photo: President Obama works on his immigration speech with Director of Speechwriting Cody Keenan and Senior Presidential Speechwriter David Litt in the Oval Office. Photo credit: Pete Souza,

MIAMI - "What's next?" is the question on the minds of thousands of Floridians today after President Obama's announcement Thursday night of an executive order regarding the future of as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants. As many as 900,000 people living in Florida could be affected, accordi ...Read More

PHOTO: President Obama's executive order on immigration could change the lives of an estimated 30,000 undocumented immigrants in Michigan by giving them legal status to stay in this country. Photo credit: Peter Souza/White House.

DETROIT - An estimated 30,000 undocumented immigrants in Michigan soon could have legal status in this country, thanks to President Obama's executive order on immigration announced Thursday night. The plan is aimed at spouses and parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have been in the ...Read More

PHOTO: President Obama's executive order on immigration could affect more than 500,000 people in the Maryland-Virginia region. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

WASHINGTON - More than 500,000 people living in the Maryland-Virginia region could be touched by the executive order on immigration President Obama announced Thursday night, according to Pew Research estimates. The changes are expected to lead to fewer deportations and detentions for people in the c ...Read More

PHOTO: AFSC Peace Education Director Joshua Saleem, front, with four students honored for their Peer Mediation Program work at Northwest Academy of Law in St. Louis. Photo courtesy of American Friends Service Committee.

ST. LOUIS - Many Missourians fear more violence is inevitable whether or not Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown. That's why one group says giving today's teenagers conflict-resolution skills is the key to a calmer and more just society in the fut ...Read More

PHOTO: Despite protections in the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is still more difficult for Washingtonians with a disability to find a job than it is for other people. Photo credit: Ivelin Radkov/

SEATTLE - Many retailers are hiring seasonal workers for the holidays, but for one group of prospective employees, it isn't easy to land a job. They are people with disabilities, and their unemployment rate is almost 27 percent. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employers are asked t ...Read More

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