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DEA Takes Billions From People Not Charged With A Crime, Can't Say How It's Helping

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 03.29.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Over the past decade, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has permanently seized $3.2 billion in cash from individuals who were ne...

Donald Trump's Mission Creep Just Took A Great Leap Forward

Bill Moyers | Posted 02.02.2017 | Politics
Bill Moyers

The smell of a coup hung over the White House this past weekend, like the odor of gunpowder after fireworks on the Fourth of July. In these first few...

Finding Traction for Action in the Age of Trump

Jerry Lanson | Posted 01.30.2017 | Politics
Jerry Lanson

Protests have ignited in city streets across the country in the horrifying first 10 days of the Trump presidency. Yet as important as these marches a...

Writing Resistance In The Age Of Trump

Paul Stoller | Posted 01.25.2017 | Politics
Paul Stoller

You can't fight big lies with little truths.

The Coming Fights For Our Lives, And How To Think About Them

Gara LaMarche | Posted 12.13.2016 | Politics
Gara LaMarche

The early steps of what will become the Trump administration have obliterated any doubt that it will be the most extremist in American history, with d...

Tell Us They're Not Expressing You, Mr. President-Elect

Andy Schmookler | Posted 11.16.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

This piece, written over the weekend, has run in newspapers in my conservative congressional district (VA-06). In a note after the column, I will sa...

ACLU Raises Record $7.2 Million In Wake Of Donald Trump's Election

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 11.14.2016 | Politics

NEW YORK ― The American Civil Liberties Union has raised a record amount in donations since Donald Trump was elected to become the next president. T...

Calling All Lawyers!

Steven Brill | Posted 11.17.2016 | Politics
Steven Brill

If ever our country needed lawyers, the time is now. Make no mistake, if Trump’s campaign rhetoric is any indication, he, along with Republican majo...

Seniors Stripped Of The Right To Vote; Florida Is A Hotspot

Dr. Terri Kennedy | Posted 11.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Terri Kennedy

With days to go before we elect a new President, many of the 1.5 million adults under guardianships in the United States have been stripped of their v...

Libertarians Are The New Republicans

Matthew-Lee Erlbach | Posted 10.17.2016 | Politics
Matthew-Lee Erlbach

The meeting was effectively over. Betty, the incontinent German Shepherd, smiled at us, panting, from beside the roaming fan. She saw me see her and hobbled over, sticking her head between my legs for attention.

Oliver Stone's "Snowden" Presents Another Side to the Whistleblower, and is Well Received

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 09.22.2016 | World
Mark Weisbrot

Oliver Stone's biopic of Edward Snowden opened the past weekend and has done quite well, especially for a film that focuses on the abuses of the US go...

Goodbye dear friend

Margarita Alarcon | Posted 09.16.2016 | Politics
Margarita Alarcon

Stanely will be sorely missed. If ever I thought of cloning a person, it would have been him. So much to offer from a man who gave his wit, his love, his passion to all that surrounded him, a man who truly believed that a better world had to be possible.

Catholics And The Democratic 'Big Tent'

Stephen Seufert | Posted 08.08.2016 | Religion
Stephen Seufert

As a Catholic, I've largely crafted my political beliefs through my Christian sense of morality, justice, and mercy. I understand and accept my Catholic beliefs will sometimes conflict with America's pluralistic civil society. Can the supposed big tent of the Democratic Party accept and embrace the kind of liberalism which truly acknowledges, respects, and coexists with Catholics who genuinely hold a variety of opposing viewpoints?

Orlando Shooting -- Are Our Anti-Terror Strategies Working?

Alev Dudek | Posted 07.28.2016 | Politics
Alev Dudek

We are a country with tremendous resources, knowledge, and intelligence. However, our political discourses have often been pathetic at the very least. Let us see how long it is going to take us to realize this and change the way we interact not only around the world, but also with each other.

France Must Fight Terrorism Without Harming The Spirit Of Liberty

Carlo Strenger | Posted 07.20.2016 | World
Carlo Strenger

Political moderates, in addition to showing zero tolerance for radical Islamism, must relentlessly attack and expose the lies of right-wing populists. Because when they claim that they can vanquish Islamist terrorism quickly and effectively, they either don't know what they are talking about, or worse, are willing to lie to the electorate to come to power.

Remembering Abner J. Mikva, One Of America's Most Dedicated And Inspriring Public Servants

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 07.09.2016 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The Hon. Abner J. Mikva grew up in Milwaukee during the Depression. After serving as a navigator in World War II, he attended college and then entered the University of Chicago as a law student in 1948.

Senate Push To Expand Secretive, Warrantless Surveillance Fails... For Now

Reuters | Adam Goldberg | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Republican-backed proposal in the Senate to expand the FBI's secretive surveillance powers after the mass shoo...

Defund REAL ID

Jim Harper | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
Jim Harper

In the wake of the terror-connected killings in Orlando, Florida, appropriators will feel under pressure to continue the flow of money to the national ID program. They should resist that pressure and defund the REAL ID Act.

Michael Ratner's Death Is a Loss for Freedom, Peace and Justice

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Legendary human rights lawyer Michael Ratner died Wednesday. His pathbreaking legal and political work on behalf of the poor and oppressed around the world is unmatched. His death is an incalculable loss for the cause of freedom, peace and justice.

Supreme Court Strikes Blow for Free Speech -- and Against Arbitrary Government

Evan Bernick | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics
Evan Bernick

What the Court does in speech cases -- namely, engage in a genuine effort to identify government officials' true ends and assess their propriety -- it can and should do in all constitutional settings.

Obama Issues 61 Commutations, Critics Assail Clemency Pace

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.08.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

On March 30, President Obama commuted the prison sentences of 61 federal prisoners - over a third of whom were serving life sentences, for drug or fir...

Brussels, Israel and Airport Security

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.29.2017 | World
Daniel Wagner

In spite of the many attacks on airports and aircraft that have occurred, the airline industry remains stuck in a largely reactive modus operandi. Now that the Brussels attack has occurred, that airport will, at least for a short time, become a fortress. But what about six months from now?

Funding Crisis Handicaps Louisiana's Public Defender Offices

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 03.25.2017 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

In 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down the Gideon v. Wainwright decision, which unanimously held the Constitution's fair trial and due process pr...

Keeping Guns Out of Schools Does Not Require Metal Detectors

Alan Singer | Posted 03.25.2017 | Education
Alan Singer

Three recent gun incidents in New York City schools coupled with mass shootings in the United States and terrorist attacks in California and Europe ha...

Brussels Shows The Limits Of Mass Surveillance -- Again

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 03.23.2016 | Politics

The mass surveillance debate in Washington has long been framed as a tradeoff between liberty and security. The basic assumption is that in order to g...