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Courts are Democracy's Umpires

Byron Williams | Posted 05.15.2016 | Politics
Byron Williams

Since the lawsuits and countersuits between the state of North Carolina and federal government, an interesting question arose in a New York Times article: "Can a law written in the heat of the civil rights movement generations ago, apply to people its drafters never intended to cover?"

Equal Means Equal: Why the ERA Must Be Passed

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.06.2016 | Politics
Marcia G. Yerman

As members of Congress -- as well as one candidate for the presidency -- repeatedly speak about rolling back women's reproductive rights, it's time to take a hard look at the actual status of women in the United States.

God Is Living, So Why Does Religion Treat God As Dead?

Omar Naseef | Posted 04.22.2016 | Religion
Omar Naseef

When any religious person claims that a sacred text is "dead" -- in that the understanding of its meaning is fixed forever -- they are directly at odds with their own idea of a living, active God

American Democracy: Progress and Relapse

David Morris | Posted 03.11.2016 | Politics
David Morris

In 1789 the franchise was restricted to white men, but not all white men. Only those possessing a minimum amount of property or paid taxes could vote. In 1800, just three states permitted white manhood suffrage-the right to vote-- without qualification.

Why All U.S. States Should Allow Adoptees Access to Their Authentic Birth Certificates

Mirah Riben | Posted 12.22.2015 | Politics
Mirah Riben

At the present time only six U.S. states allow adopted citizens unrestricted access to their own authentic birth certificates (AL, AK, CO, KS, ME, OR). Eight other states allow access but with restrictions that do not apply to non-adoptees in those states.

Here's What You Missed At The Big, Crazy Affirmative Action Hearing

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday heard nearly 90 minutes of oral arguments in a case that could permanently curtail the role of diver...

Antonin Scalia Thinks Black Students Aren't As Smart As Other Students

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 12.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Do black students matter to Justice Antonin Scalia? During oral arguments on Wednesday in Fisher v. University of Texas, a contentious a...

Chief Justice Wants To Know Exactly When Affirmative Action Can Die

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court split bitterly on the issue of affirmative action in public universities on Wednesday, casting doubt on whether c...

Politics Dominated The Supreme Court This Week. That's Not Good.

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 12.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court did three things on Tuesday, and all three had to do with politics. More precisely, they all had to do with the politi...

How A Long-Lost Footnote Could Save The Supreme Court From Itself

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 12.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some 50 years ago, a Supreme Court footnote disappeared from the annals of history. It wasn't a big deal then and it isn't today. Footno...

Supreme Court Faces 'Arsenal Of Smoking Guns' In Case Of Racism In Jury Selection

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A high-profile case that could redefine how lower courts grapple with racial discrimination in jury selection may not be the slam-dunk a...

Racism Is Rampant In Jury Selection. The Supreme Court Can't Fix It.

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 11.01.2015 | Politics

Timothy Foster has spent almost 30 years on Georgia's death row. On Monday, his lawyer will appear before the Supreme Court to fight for his life. Tha...

Why Do Conservatives Hate the Conservative Supreme Court?

Marvin Meadors | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

It is ironic, bordering on demagogic, how Republicans pick and choose what parts of the constitution they fetishize!

Could Trump Possibly Be Right: Are Legal Scholars Really Divided On The Issue Of Birth-Right Citizenship?

Marvin Meadors | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

The view that the constitution does not require birthrate citizenship is held by a handful of scholars and not "many," as Trump boasts.

California's SB 707: Gun Control vs. the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment

Dennis Santiago | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
Dennis Santiago

The subversion of the Equal Protection Clause touches us in other parts of our lives -- nowhere more starkly than the area of gun control.

Born in the U.S.A.

Bruce Lesley | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

If we wish to continue to be a world leader in a global economy, we must embrace all of our nation's children -- regardless of their gender, race, income, parents' immigration status, etc.

Hillary: Please Do Not Try To Out-Trump Trump

Marvin Meadors | Posted 08.31.2015 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

When Hillary compares the Republicans to "terrorists" and suggests they will round up undocumented immigrants and put them in "box cars," evoking memories of the Holocaust, she changes the focus from the absurdity of their positions to scrutiny of hersel

Friday Talking Points -- Every Sulfurous Belch

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.31.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

The entire Trump phenomenon reminds me of a basic rule from the world of magical/fantasy fiction. It's not quite Asimov's "three laws of robotics," but it's still been used my many authors who write about wizards casting dangerous spells.

Mike Huckabee Shifts Stance On Birthright Citizenship

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said on Friday that he is open to changing the United States' birthright citizenship policy, marking a reversal fro...

These Countries Show Why Losing Birthright Citizenship Could Be A Disaster

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics

A significant portion of the GOP presidential field wants to end birthright citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants, either by amendin...

Revoking 14th Amendment Birthright Citizenship: The Ultimate in Voter Suppression

Terry Connelly | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Terry Connelly

Presidential candidate Donald Trump and several of his Republican competitors have now endorsed the notion of doing away with the very first sentence of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 08.22.2016 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week we saw how dissimilar appeals to our better and lesser angels look. For the former, there was Jimmy Carter's grace-filled press conference on Thursday revealing that cancer has spread to his brain. He reflected proudly on the work of his Carter Center, which, among many other things, has nearly eradicated the misery-causing guinea worm disease. But the week began very differently, as Donald Trump released an immigration plan that would end birthright citizenship, a proposal that would involve reverting to before the 14th amendment, ratified in 1868 to grant freed slaves citizenship in the wake of the shameful Dred Scott decision. Quite a vision for the future. Meanwhile, Jeb Bush said he disagreed with Trump, but made sure to get in on the xenophobia with the term "anchor babies." It was a week that gave us two very different examples of statesmanship and what America can stand for.

Trumpification of Republican Party Reaches Turning Point

Janet Murguía | Posted 08.22.2016 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

Once again, the other Republican candidates rush to embrace Trump's latest salvo: the proposed evisceration of the 14th amendment. Calling millions of U.S. citizens a term universally viewed as offensive by the Latino community does not bode well for Republican electoral prospects.

Friday Talking Points -- Trump's Immigration Roundup

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.21.2016 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

Some are still finding solace in the "Trump's going to say something any day now that will sink him like a stone" way of thinking, but their numbers are getting smaller as time goes by and Trump defies political gravity once again.

Yer Mama's an Anchor Baby, and Other Electoral Silliness

Martin Luz | Posted 08.21.2016 | Entertainment
Martin Luz

GOP presidential candidates are now calling for a repeal of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, for being unconstitutional. OK. But let's say there never was a 14th Amendment. Would Donald Trump be a U.S. citizen today? Maybe, but maybe not.