No one can rightly be called an American legal scholar who does not understand that the unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are the animating purposes of all our laws -- of the law.
It is with as much embarrassment as pundits are able to muster that I am forced to acknowledge that the Texas Board of Education may now consider itself vindicated by none other than school administrators
What this moment demands -- and what we are all seeking so ardently now on the larger public stage -- is leaders who help each of us unleash what Abraham Lincoln called "the better angels of our nature."
When Republicans gather after the November election to seek a scapegoat, they needn't bother with Michael Steele. The man who has diminished the party's chances is Bob McDonnell -- the governor didn't make a mistake. He blurted the truth.
Now, for the first time in my life, there is a level of fear for me attached with being -- and looking -- Latina. A few times now I have returned home during the day after realizing that I didn't have my U.S. passport on me.