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How Broward Gets A 'D'

Posted 05.24.2012 | Miami

About half of Florida’s school districts -- including Broward County's -- mislead parents into thinking that providing a social security number for ...

DIGITAL JUSTICE: Law Enforcement's Controversial Crowd Control Device

Posted 05.18.2012 | Crime

Long Range Acoustic Hailing Devices help cops control crowds. But whether they are potentially life-saving law enforcement tools or nefarious speech-s...

ACLU: State Department Violates Constitutional Rights

Peter Van Buren | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

(For those joining our story already in progress, here's the Twitter-length summary: I've worked for the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer...

Homeless Camping Ban Passed By City Council

Posted 05.15.2012 | Denver

A controversial ordinance to ban "unauthorized" camping in the city of Denver--a measure that specifically targets homeless people sleeping on the str...

Are There Any Responsible Republicans Out There?

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The defeat Tuesday of Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana in the Republican primary -- trounced by a Tea-Partier -- is one more nail in the coffin of the...

Eavesdropping Ban 'Likely Violates' First Amendment, Court Rules

Posted 05.09.2012 | Chicago

A federal court ruled Tuesday that Illinois' controversial eavesdropping law "likely violates" the first amendment, and called for the state to stop p...

Civil Rights Marcher Files Lawsuit Against Controversial Voter ID Law

The Huffington Post | Leigh Owens | Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics

Civil rights advocates have been fighting this year against controversial voter ID laws in a number of states across the country. On Tuesday, 93-year-...

2012 or 1963?

Deborah J. Vagins | Posted 07.02.2012 | Women
Deborah J. Vagins

I find it surprising that, in 2012, presidential candidates and pundits are debating issues so central -- and so seemingly settled -- to women's equality.

Preliminary Homeless 'Camping' Ban Approved By Denver City Council

Posted 05.01.2012 | Denver

A proposal to ban "unauthorized" camping in the city of Denver--a measure that specifically targets homeless people sleeping on the streets--has gotte...

Killing Democracy One Vote at a Time

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Voter ID restrictions work for the rich. They've got birth certificates and photo driver's licenses and passports. Or they can send a servant or secretary to apply for the documents. And the more rabble removed from the polls, the more weighty the votes of the wealthy.

Gerry Smith

Cybersecurity Bill's Authors Will Add Amendments To Address Privacy Concerns | Gerry Smith | Posted 04.24.2012 | Technology

Authors of a cybersecurity bill said Tuesday they will amend their legislation in response to privacy concerns before the House votes on the controver...

Arthur Delaney

The Bad Research Behind Georgia's Welfare Drug Testing Law | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed a law last week that will soon require welfare applicants to pay for drug tests and pass them in order to be eligi...

Mike Sacks

Arizona's Controversial Immigration Law Arriving At Supreme Court This Week | Mike Sacks | Posted 04.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the federal government's challenge to the Grand Canyon state's contro...

Missouri Bill Prohibits Discussion of Sexual Orientation in Classroom

Randy Turner | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
Randy Turner

If a former teacher has his way, the game will change forever in Missouri schools. The students will still have their constitutional rights -- it is the teachers who will have to shed theirs at the door.

Denver Camping Ban Gets Delayed

Posted 04.20.2012 | Denver

On Thursday, the Denver Commission On Homelessness called for a delay on any further action on the city's proposed "unauthorized camping ban" for at l...

Why the U.S. Government Must Release Information on al-Majalah Killings

Vincent Warren | Posted 06.17.2012 | Politics
Vincent Warren

The case of the December 17, 2009, attack in Yemen demonstrates everything that is horribly wrong with the targeted killing program, and serves as a call to action to all those concerned about the rule of law and respect for human life.

Camping Ban Battle Heats Up: ACLU Writes Letter To City Council

Posted 04.17.2012 | Denver

A controversial proposal to "ban unauthorized camping" in the city of Denver has gotten the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorad...

Who Is Watching Who and Why?

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics
Azeem Ibrahim

There is a huge presence of apathy and complacency in the land, with people ignoring abuses of civil liberties as long as it is happening to the "other."

Operation Shamrock and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

Renee Parsons | Posted 06.10.2012 | Politics
Renee Parsons

For all of its good intentions in 1978, FISA has since been thrust into dangerous, uncharted territory, morphing into a vehicle of unintended consequences.

Gerry Smith

Cybersecurity Bill Authors Defend Legislation Against 'Privacy Disaster' Claims | Gerry Smith | Posted 04.10.2012 | Technology

Authors of a cybersecurity bill sought to rebut criticisms on Tuesday from civil liberties groups who say the legislation does not protect consumers f...

Privacy: Ditch the Cell Phone or Prepare to Disrobe

Gary Johnson | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics
Gary Johnson

Expecting the government to willingly constrain itself when it comes to violating our privacy is not just foolhardy; it defies everything we know about the very nature of government.

Three Videos Everyone Should See Before Voting

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

"Personhood" for zygotes cruelly subverts the very idea of a culture of life and potentially criminalizes every pregnant woman. Are you really cool with that? Even if you personally would not chose an abortion?

The New American Pie: Breached, Tracked and Strip Searched

Adam Levin | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics
Adam Levin

That this breach was minimized so quickly -- and so quickly disappeared from the news cycle -- is a matter of grave concern.

Should 'Inhumane' Prison Be Closed?

Posted 04.05.2012 | Chicago

Though unions are fighting Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's plan to close the Tamms Correctional Center in southern Illinois, relatives of some inmates a...

Santa Monica College President Defends Campus Police

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 04.05.2012 | College

Santa Monica College president Dr. Chui L. Tsang defended campus police who dealt with demonstrators Tuesday evening, pepper-spraying dozens of studen...