In colonial Virginia, authorities could hang settlers for a crime as small as stealing grapes or killing a neighbor's chicken. The penal code in America's first colony was, in fact, so harsh its governor eventually reduced the number of capital offenses out of fear that settlers would refuse to live there. Since then, the number and severity of crimes punishable by death in the United States have fluctuated; today, the death penalty is still legal in 31 states. Here are some of the critical turning points in the history of capital punishment in America.
The decision will no doubt please the president, who for months has asked the Supreme Court to take up the case.
A judge ruled Tuesday night that the Trump administration has to keep DACA intact.
The decision would remove protections for up 100 million acres of water, some of which have been closed to drilling for three decades.
Washington's attorney general filed a lawsuit against the motel chain for violating the Consumer Protection Act.
Campaign employees reportedly used a personal cell phone to facilitate multiple appearances for Stein on RT News.
The U.S. has led efforts to negotiate a peace treaty between Israel and Palestine for over 20 years.
Mitch McConnell is the latest and most high-profile Republican to publicly denounce Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.
Virginia's governorship will stay in Democratic hands after Terry McAuliffe leaves office in January.
Natalia Veselnitskaya shared a memo with the prosecutor general months before her June 2016 meeting with Trump Jr.
The House Intelligence Committee will investigate an alleged racketeering scheme, dating to 2009, perpetrated by Russian commercial nuclear executives.
Senators James Lankford and Thom Tillis introduced the GOP's answer to immigration reform.
Haley lauded the president for the fiery, precedent-breaking speech he delivered during the U.N. General Assembly.
A conversation with David Litt about the Obama White House, his new book, and the funniest joke that Obama never delivered.
A spokesperson from Motel 6's corporate headquarters tells Pacific Standard that the company will prohibit employees from voluntarily sending guest information to ICE.
Justice Anthony Kennedy issued a short-term order that bans thousands of refugees from entering the United States.
The program affects about 800,000 people.
Fifty-eight percent of Americans believe racism is a pervasive issue.
The remarks came on the tail end of a tense volley between Trump and the Mexican government.
The organization filed open record requests to determine whether the attorney general conspired with state officials to end DACA.
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday afternoon to throw out the first-degree murder conviction of Nicholas Slatten.
Trump has not yet announced who will replace Kelly at the Department of Homeland Security.
An aging population and decline in housing affordability are just two of the long-term issues residents of Detroit will face in coming years.
The move forces the president's hand on a politically sensitive issue.
The measure is almost certainly doomed.
The raids will target teenagers who have traveled to the U.S. without guardians.
Grandparents and cousins of Americans won't be barred from entering the United States under President Donald Trump's travel ban.
Trump founded the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity after making a series of demonstrably false claims that millions had committed voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election.
Dozens of American counties saw hundreds, if not thousands, of new units developed between 2015 and 2016.
The biannual event earned its former home a whopping $45 million.
Dissenting justices argued the ruling weakens the country's long-standing separation between church and state.
Randy Bryce, an ironworker with a handlebar moustache that has taken on a life of its own, is challenging Paul Ryan's seat in Wisconsin's First District.
It's the first time in over a decade the Supreme Court will issue a ruling on a case of "purely partisan gerrymanders."