Why the Supreme Court is rarely in the dock

Why the Supreme Court is rarely in the dockPolls of Americans consistently show they put more trust in the Supreme Court than in the two elected branches of government (Congress and the presidency). Now a new poll may explain why the high court still enjoys legitimacy as the nation’s final arbiter of constitutional principles. The poll, conducted for Penn State’s McCourtney Institute of Democracy, found 44 percent of people would favor imposing term limits on justices.

How strongly is NATO ally Turkey pivoting to Russia and Iran?

How strongly is NATO ally Turkey pivoting to Russia and Iran?Setting aside years of increasing Turkey-US hostility, President Trump’s introductory remarks for the cameras were glowing as he met Turkey’s controversial President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan one-on-one, winding up a flurry of bilateral diplomacy on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly’s annual opening in New York. Recommended: Think you know Turkey? The scuttling of a US weapons sale this week for Erdoğan’s presidential security detail was just the latest point of friction feeding Turkey’s disillusion with the US and its NATO allies – and one more reason for its deepening embrace of two historic rivals, Russia and Iran.

The story behind DC Diaper Bank, a resource for parents

The story behind DC Diaper Bank, a resource for parentsCorinne Cannon remembers well an especially challenging night when her first child, Jack, was an infant. The evening prompted Ms. Cannon to consider her own situation in the context of other mothers’ circumstances: She had support from her husband and the money to support her son. With the intent of helping other mothers in her community, Cannon began to call around to nonprofits in the area to find out what resources might be available.

In wake of U.N. speech, Kim calls Trump a ‘dotard.’ Trump fires back at ‘madman.’

In wake of U.N. speech, Kim calls Trump a ‘dotard.’ Trump fires back at ‘madman.’President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have unleashed personal attacks on one another after the U.S. commander in chief’s speech at the United Nations. “Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!” Trump wrote Friday morning. Hours earlier, Kim delivered a barrage of epithets against Trump, calling “mentally deranged” and “a gangster fond of playing with fire,” according to the New York Times.

Iraqi Kurds to vote on independence

Iraqi Kurds to vote on independenceThe outcome of the vote, almost certain to be “yes,” is likely to further rattle a region still engulfed in the fight against the Islamic State group. Baghdad and Iraq's neighbors Iran and Turkey — which worry it will encourage their own sizable Kurdish populations — have all demanded it be called off.