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California TV Stations "Just Say No" to Drug Policy Ad

Anthony Citrano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Anthony Citrano

Marijuana decriminalization is getting fresh attention due to broad public support of the new AB 390 bill, but only a handful of media outlets, including CNN and CNBC, will air pro-legalization ads.

Obama's Radical Gitmo Plan

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

Obama's controversial detention plan for Guantanamo detainees keeps leaking and it is a fundamentally radical, dangerous and potentially unconstitutional approach.

Remembering My Battle Against Fundamentalists

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

Our biggest accomplishment was standing up for those torn down by the TV evangelists.

Release of the "Holy Grail" of Torture Reports Delayed Again

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Today was supposed to be the day that the Justice Department -- after two delays -- released an unclassified version of the CIA Inspector General's 2004 Report into the interrogations of "high-value detainees."

Never Forget: The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Sadly, our celebrity-obsessed world is unlikely to pay much attention to the International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture, as the death of Michael Jackson dominates headlines.

Biloxi Removing FEMA Trailers, Undermining Obama and Victimizing Katrina Survivors

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Buchanan

The Biloxi City Council will vote June 16th on an ordinance, backed by the City's community development office, forcing FEMA trailers to be removed from residential zones by August 9th.

Senator Sessions, Judge Sotomayor, And Racism

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In all the hoopla over Judge Sonia Sotomayor being nominated to the Supreme Court, there is one interesting side story that the media is largely ignor...

"Letter from a Birmingham Jail" and Ted Olson and David Boies' Fight for Equal Rights

Trevor Neilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Trevor Neilson

One of the most important events in the history of civil rights may have happened today.

The Best of Days, the Worst of Days

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

As one glass ceiling was being shattered and as America was overcoming centuries of discrimination against women and Latinos, one other ceiling was being reinforced over the heads of gay and lesbian couples in California.

Obama and Transparency: Should He Release the Torture Photos?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Releasing new Abu-Ghraib photos will not aid the cause of justice or increase government transparency.

24 and the Tortuous Politics of Torture

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

For Dick Cheney, if there's a 1% chance of a terror plot existing, it should be treated as a certainty. It's one thing when that sort of manipulation is used to entertain, and quite another when it's used to govern.

ACLU: No One is Above the Law

Blaise Zerega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Blaise Zerega

No one should be surprised that the ACLU would issue a call to prosecute those who authorized torture on detainees.

ACLU Files Case Challenging Patents on Breast Cancer Genes

Joanna Rudnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanna Rudnick

Skolnick's answers surrounding the ethics and detrimental consequences of gene patenting were unsatisfying.

Obama to Offer Blindfolds and Ear Plugs to All Americans

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew Filipowicz

Until we take off our blindfolds, until we truly hold accountable those who authorized these heinous acts, we will continue to endanger not only ourselves, but our troops.

Obama and His Base: Disillusioned, Yet Again

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

It was the gnawing in his gut that gave it away, that creepy-crawly upset in the pre-dawn darkness. He turned himself to one side, then to the other, ...

Mormons and Knights and Understanding Proposition 8

Matt Coles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Coles

If the Mormons and Knights understood what Proposition 8 really did, they'd join us in asking the Court to strike it.

Of Course We Need Lobbysists, Said the Lobbyist

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

As the Obama administration doles out the stimulus money, lobbyists are whining about restrictions placed on their interaction with the federal officials responsible for disbursing the funds.

The Audacity of Souter's Successor

Dave Astor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dave Astor

There are many American women qualified to succeed Souter on the way-too-male court, but Barack Obama has his eye on a guy -- namely, Barack Obama!

Torture, American-Style

Anne-Marie Cusac | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Anne-Marie Cusac

What astonished me was not the Abu Ghraib torture, but the public's shock and dismay. How could people be so surprised when so many of the same practices had already happened here?

Is Independent Thought Extinct in America?

Leslie Weise | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leslie Weise

Being forcibly removed for the mere possibility of having a difference of opinion was, to say the least, frightening and disturbing

What if Instead of the Nuremberg Trials There Was Only a Truth Commission?

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy Scahill

As some liberals make the case against a Special Prosecutor, the lawyers who fought for the release of the torture memos push back and explain why prosecutions are the only response.

Obama and The State Secrets Smackdown

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

Barack Obama has drawn praise for transparency reforms during his first 100 days in office, but his use of the "state secrets" privilege to squash lawsuits on torture and surveillance is drawing mounting opposition.

Sam Stein

Kerry: Detainee Photos Could Be Terrorist Propaganda, But Truth Is Important | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate foreign relations committee chairman John Kerry said on Friday that he was concerned the release of photos depicting the abusive treatment of d...

Sam Stein

Hayden: We'll Have To Clear Interrogation Practices With ACLU, New York Times (VIDEO) | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden lashed out at the Obama administration on Sunday for releasing memos on interrogation techniques used on detainees,...

American Violet: A Powerful Movie about Race and the Drug War

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Without spoiling the ending, American Violet is an excellent movie, and tells the story in a moving and heart-wrenching fashion.