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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 ...

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. Th...

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&nbs...

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 amendi...

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 08.23.2015 | 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 08.22.2015 | 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 08.21.2015 | 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 08.21.2015 | 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.

Without Birthright Citizenship, We'd Be Missing These Great Americans

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics

The 14th Amendment guarantees that people born in the United States are automatically granted the right to be citizens of this country, regardles...

Ted Cruz Once Said It Was A 'Mistake' To Try To End Birthright Citizenship

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 08.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said on Wednesday that he "absolutely" supports ending automatic citizenship for children born on Amer...

OK, GOP Presidential Field, Who's for Bringing Back Slavery?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 08.20.2015 | Media
Clay Farris Naff

You knew it was coming. Like porno producers and morning-drive DJs, Republican presidential contenders are continually on the prowl for new ways to shock and offend. And in the Iowa State Fair season, no one makes the media porker squeal like the despicable Donald.

Sorry, Republicans: Ending Birthright Citizenship Violates The Constitution

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 08.20.2015 | Politics

Key figures in the crowded Republican field have spoken loud and clear about their desire to do away with birthright citizenship for the childre...

Trump's Anti-Citizenship Plan Is a Historic Loser

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 08.19.2015 | Media
Elizabeth B. Wydra

Far from offering a bold new immigration reform plan that would "make America great again," Trump's plan recycles anti-immigrant ideas that were resoundingly defeated 150 years ago.

Racist Fears Have Long Driven Attempts To Restrict Birthright Citizenship

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Prominent figures in the Republican Party in recent days have expressed renewed interest in repealing the 14th Amendment to the Co...

A Good Chunk Of GOP Field Wants To Repeal The 14th Amendment

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the fall of 2010, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), one of the most hawkish anti-immigrant voices in Congress, launched a legislative campaig...

Mike Huckabee And Marco Rubio's Weird Legal Theory About Abortion

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 08.07.2015 | Politics

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) found one thing they could agree on during Thursday’s Republican presidential ...

The Gay Marriage Ruling And A Fight To Make Ohio and America Whole

Hans Johnson | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Hans Johnson

Anti-LGBT bullying and job and housing bias persist in America's heartland, as do misguided drives by some extremists to give bigotry justified by religion the force of law. But even they see the writing on the wall. The days of the gay exception are numbered.

Igor Bobic

Rick Perry: African-Americans Are Better Served By The Republican Party | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rick Perry stepped up to the lectern and paused. The former Texas governor scanned the room, a Thursday luncheon at the National Press C...