Two victories for civil liberties: more to come?

As 2006 winds down, two court victories were racked up for civil liberties against the Bush administration’s authoritarian policies. More such triumphs are likely.

Texas GOP in disarray

HOUSTON — In the wild, wild west of Texas politics, Republicans have set a new standard since the November election.

Sean Bell: What justice requires

Fifty bullets. One bullet can kill a person — imagine what 50 did to 21-year-old Sean Bell and his two friends. What happened to these three unarmed young men on Nov. 25 in Queens, N.Y., is a horror, a tragedy — and a crime.