• MINNEAPOLIS , MINNESOTA - MAY 31: The makeshift memorial and mural outside Cup Foods where George Floyd was murdered by a Minneapolis  police officer on Sunday, May 31, 2020 in Minneapolis , Minnesota. (Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

    The key question for jury selectors in the George Floyd trial

    Opinion by Elie Honig
    Elie Honig writes that it's always difficult to select jurors in high-profile cases like the killing of George Floyd. However, the selection process does include vital safeguards intended to ensure an impartial jury. "Every or nearly every potential juror will have heard of Floyd's death before the trial begins. But that alone does not disqualify a potential juror."
  • WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 2: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House on March 2, 2021 in Washington, DC. President Biden spoke about the recently announced partnership between Johnson & Johnson and Merck to produce more J&J COVID-19 vaccine. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)

    Biden's historic victory for America -- no thanks to GOP

    Opinion by Julian Zelizer, CNN Political Analyst
    President Joe Biden is on the cusp of a major legislative victory. If all goes according to plan and the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan is signed into law, Biden will have scored an early triumph in his presidency. The Covid-19 relief bill will provide a wide range of benefits, from direct payments to American families, money for vaccine development and distribution, small business relief, more substantial subsidies for the Affordable Care Act, a child tax credit, a higher Earned Income Tax Credit, federal funds for state and local governments and much more.
  • ST PAUL, MINNESOTA - MAY 31: Demonstrators protest outside of the state capital building as unrest continues in the city and around the country following the May 25, death of George Floyd on May 31, 2020 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The state called up 7,500 national guard troops to supplement state and local police, the largest domestic deployment of national guard in the state's history.   (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    The missing element in the George Floyd murder trial

    Opinion by Mark Osler
    As a former prosecutor and criminal law professor in Minneapolis, I am fielding a lot of calls about the upcoming trial of Derek Chauvin, who is accused of murdering George Floyd in this city. The media wants to know about the charges, the jury selection, the effects of televising the case and what the lawyers might do. No one has asked me about the very thing that makes this case important: The racially disproportionate treatment of Black Americans by the police. The trial will be a cyclone circling around the unmoving mass at its center -- race -- that silently drives the fury around it.
  • WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 04: US President Joe Biden gestures as he speaks during a virtual call to congratulate the NASA JPL Perseverance team on the successful Mars Landing in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on March 4, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty Images)

    Joe Biden could be the most transformative president in 75 years

    By Jeffrey D. Sachs
    Americans believe by hefty majorities that we can solve our national problems and that the federal government should play a major role in areas including infrastructure, health care, environment, poverty reduction and economy. This broad support provides a foundation for Joe Biden to become the most transformative president since Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • The most important exception the Senate can make

    Opinion by Norman Eisen, Richard W. Painter and Jeffrey Mandell
    There's a way to stop Republican senators from using the filibuster to block the passage of the landmark "For the People Act," write Norman Eisen, Richard W. Painter and Jeffrey Mandell. That way would be to make a special exception -- similar to that used for fiscal measures -- allowing a simple majority vote to approve laws on ethics and voting protections.
  • Texas Governor Greg Abbott delivers an announcement in Montelongo's Mexican Restaurant on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Lubbock, Texas. Abbott announced that he is rescinding executive orders that limit capacities for businesses and the state wide mask mandate.

    Texas governor's appalling decision on masks

    Opinion by Katie Mehnert
    I was getting my first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at the Bayou City Event Center in Houston when the news broke that Governor Greg Abbott is lifting Texas' mask mandate -- even as health officials warn not to ease restrictions aimed at stemming the pandemic. No one at the vaccination site removed their mask, fortunately. But we immediately started discussing the decision -- and we were all appalled.
  • President Joe Biden speaks about efforts to combat COVID-19, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Why Democrats may look back on the $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill with regret

    By Lanhee Chen
    The US Senate is expected to pass a $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief bill in the coming days before it heads to President Joe Biden's desk to be signed into law. This may seem like a major win for the new administration and congressional Democrats, but it's actually a Pyrrhic victory -- one that they may come to regret in the weeks and months ahead.