Law

New Disclosure Rules for Political Ads

Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

The FCC on Friday handed down new rules requiring the nation's top television stations to put information about political ads online. We explore how this will affect campaigns nationally, and in swing states like Virginia.

Charles Taylor Guilty of War Crimes: Liberia's Former President Convicted

Thursday, Apr 26, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

The prosecution took 6 years and cost around $250 million dollars. Today, a despot was convicted, but was it worth the cost?

To The Mountaintop: Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 12:37 p.m.

For more than 40 years, she's been a reliable and engaging journalist on public radio and television. But did you know Charlayne Hunter-Gault was a civil rights pioneer while still a teenager...

Truth Telling in the Public Interest

Monday, Apr 23, 2012 at 1:22 p.m.

What motivates someone to speak out against injustice in the government or private sector?

Whistleblowers, Leakers and the Obama Administration

Monday, Apr 23, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

The Obama administration is cracking down on government employees who share sensitive information. We explore the blurry line between "leaking" and "whistleblowing"...

Modern Day Piracy: Motivations & Tensions among Somali Pirates

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 12:33 p.m.

It can be extraordinarily dangerous work, but the payoffs are big. And in a land where life is hard - filled with famine, poverty, and war -- is it so wrong to crave luxuries like cellphones and SUVs?

A "Do Not Track" Option for Internet Users

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Federal regulators consider requiring a "do not track" option on web browsers ...

The Pursuit and Capture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Monday, Apr 9, 2012 at 12:32 p.m.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, will soon face charges in front of a military tribunal in Guantanamo Bay. We explore the pursuit and capture of a dynamic and dangerous man.

Trial-by-Jury in the Age of Social Media

Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012 at 1:19 p.m.

Trial-by-jury is a cornerstone of the American justice system. But social media and Internet-enabled devices are creating new challenges for tradition-bound courts...

Ban the Tan?

Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

States and counties across the country are cracking down on the use of indoor tanning beds by teens. We explore medical aspects of the issue.

Maryland Explores Public-Private Partnerships

Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

Maryland's legislature is considering a bill that would encourage state agencies to seek private partners on big government projects, including building and maintaining public facilities like roads, bridges, and schools. We explore the potential implications of the move.

Self Defense Laws Under Scrutiny

Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.
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The shooting of an unarmed teenager in Florida has provoked renewed debates over the sweeping self-defense laws in place in more than 20 states. Some prosecutors and law enforcement authorities say the laws are too broad, and have fueled...

War and Upheaval in Africa: Making Sense of the Headlines

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 1:24 p.m.

American activists have used viral videos and other tactics to raise awareness about conflicts in Uganda and Sudan. But some worry those campaigns are simplifying complex situations...

Disability Parking Rules in our Region

Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

There will soon be 1,100 new "red top" meters for use by vehicles with disability tags around the District, and new rules now require everyone to pay to park. We look at accessible parking rules around our region, and what they mean for all drivers.

Maryland's Honey Law: Why Beekeepers are Buzzing

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 at 1:29 p.m.

Got a bear-shaped bottle in your cabinet? Is it filled with pure honey, gathered from bees who fed on plant nectar? Or maybe something much less appetizing...

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