As the CIA and Senate Intelligence Committee clash over whether so-called enhanced interrogation techniques are considered torture, another question arises: Have depictions of torture on TV and film helped convince us that it works?
Consider this warning that recently greeted viewers of ABC's political soap opera, Scandal:
"The following drama contains adult content. Viewer discretion is advised."
Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 4:20 pm
It started out as a seemingly harmless act: voters posting photos of their completed ballots on the Internet.
One wrote in his deceased dog's name for senator because he didn't like any of the candidates, then shared his message of frustration on Facebook. A state legislator, and another a candidate for the state House, also publicly published photos of their ballots.
Now they're under investigation by the New Hampshire attorney general's office.
Governor Robert Bentley is challenging legislators to be leaders as they address the state's budget crisis next year.
Bentley says he wants to make significant changes instead of putting a Band-Aid on the state's budget for another year. The governor has said he will suggest solutions when he submits his proposed budget next year, but has not yet detailed what those will be.
Legislators heard a grim General Fund presentation on the final day of legislative orientation.
Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 5:15 pm
Dozens of congressional staff members walked out of the Capitol at 3:30 p.m. ET Thursday, in a show of support for protesters angered by recent grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 7:08 am
Post updated at 9:38 p.m. ET.
A massive federal spending bill finally won the House's approval Thursday night, less than three hours before a midnight deadline that threatened a federal shutdown. The measure's fate had been in doubt after it narrowly survived a rules vote earlier in the day. The final tally was 219-206.
Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 11:14 am
The costs of solar energy are plummeting, and now are about on par with the electricity generated at big power plants. This new reality intensifies a long-running business and regulatory battle, between the mainline electric utility companies and newer firms that provide solar systems for homeowners' rooftops. Sometimes the rivalry looks more like hardball politics than marketplace economics.