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Study: Boycott Cost Arizona $140 Million

AP | BOB CHRISTIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

PHOENIX — A boycott brought on by Arizona's controversial immigration crackdown raised the specter of vacant convention centers, desolate sports...

Pass the John Tyner Bill: Get Government Off Our Backs and Out of Our Buttocks

Jay Michaelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Michaelson

Air travelers will soon be required to have a naked image of themselves beamed to a security agent. Israelis don't do this, Europeans doesn't do this -- why are we being asked to do it?

Jeff Muskus

Democrats Spar With Obama DOJ Over PATRIOT Act | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When President Obama was Senator Obama, he had deep reservations about the expansion of executive authority. Now that he wields that authority, he app...

A Cop's Advice on Dealing with Cops (Slideshow)

Neill Franklin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Neill Franklin

2010-11-15-m.jpgCitizens who understand their rights are much less likely to experience negative outcomes, both on the street and in a court of law.

Environment Matters...but So Does Freedom!

Marty Robins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Marty Robins

Everyone is in favor of protecting our environment, but there are those who take the matter too far, and jeopardize fundamental freedoms in the proces...

DHS-NSA in Cybersecurity Swap: Success to Be Named Later

Leslie Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Leslie Harris

This kind of a pairing often works in the movies -- the experienced partner brings knowledge and skill, while the new partner brings idealism. The danger, however, is that this becomes an altogether different kind of movie.

'One Nation Rally' Photo Gallery

Jeff Malet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Malet

2010-10-06-pullquote.jpg On October 2, 2010, tens of thousands of activists gathered, hoping to counter the conservative tea party movement and energize the electorate.

Frank Rizzo and Pennsylvania's 56-year Legacy of Police Spying

G.W. Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
G.W. Schulz

Pennsylvania's Office of Homeland Security has been paying a private contractor to compile "intelligence" on dangerous elements, including environmentalists and gay/lesbian organizations.

Database of Suspicious Activity Going Live With Little Attention

G.W. Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
G.W. Schulz

Today's effort at a more collaborative atmosphere includes security at privately-owned companies, many of which have fostered deeper ties to the government as part of the war on terror.

France's Illegal Ban of the Burqa

Rabah Ghezali | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabah Ghezali

It is nonsensical to suppose that an individual's free and deliberate choice to veil their person violates their own human dignity.

Obama vs. The Left: A Battle of Ideologies, Not Cults of Personalities

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

What Obama is facing, which other presidents have not, is moment-by-moment online documentation of the distance between his words and his actions by issue advocates on his own side.

Killing an Arab-American: The Debate Over Anwar al-Aulaqi

Chez Pazienza | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chez Pazienza

There's no doubt that we've grown distrustful of our government lately, and with good reason. However, I find it hard to peg Anwar al-Aulaqi as anything other than a very serious threat to our national security.

A New York Teen Speaks Out, September 2001

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Gould-Wartofsky

Whatever you think of the issues, would you consider someone un-American for speaking their mind? Or is it more un-American to deny people the right to speak their minds and worship their god?

Too Ignorant To Articulate Their Own Ideas

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

Although one is not supposed to enjoy watching a train wreck in progress, I must say that the Arizona gubernatorial debate between Gov. Jan Brewer a...

We Are All Californians

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

Californians have an opportunity to do what no other state has done, indeed, what no other country has accomplished: legalize marijuana.

The 17 Most Innovative University Presses

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Following our spotlight of independent literary presses, here is a special feature devoted to the most exciting university presses in the country. ...

Freedom from Religion? Public Opposition to Mosques

Jennifer Merolla Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Merolla Ph.D.

Is there any way around the pattern in which individuals become less supportive of democratic values and rights in times of threat?

Hate Groups and Prison Profiteers Wrote Arizona's Juan Crow Law

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

Roughly 70 percent of America's prisoners are black and brown because the laws target communities of color. For-profit prison owners know this more than anyone.

Prepaid Cell Phone Ban? Terrorism Cited By Senate Lawmakers

AP | BETH FOUHY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK — Alarmed by the use of hard-to-track prepaid cell phones by terror suspects, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer and Texas Sen. John Cornyn ha...

The ADL's Troubling Alliance With the Christian Right

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

Sadly, The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the nation's foremost Jewish civil rights organization, has come out against the construction of an Islamic community center and mosque near ground zero.

Suspicious Persons

Maurice Jourdane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Maurice Jourdane

Like many, I have gone through life not particularly aware of detention based on a racial profile. My naivety recently changed, far from Arizona.

Americans with Disabilities Act at 20: A Nation Transformed

Sen. Tom Harkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Tom Harkin

The ADA has broken down barriers, created opportunities and transformed lives. Today, we recognize that our nation is better, fairer and richer when we make full use of those gifts.

PMOI vs. US Secretary of State: A Victory for Civil Rights

Allan Gerson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Allan Gerson

This U.S. Court of Appeals decision declares loudly and clearly that the Executive Branch of the US government is bound by the rule of law, even when trying to maximize its diplomatic flexibility.

Leading House Democrat Calls for Prosecution of Peace Activists

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

By claiming that the hundreds of dedicated peace and human rights activists are supporters of terrorism, U.S. Congressmen are mobilizing what could become a major backlash.

Terrorism and the Internet: Candy Crowley's Interview With White House Advisor John Brennan

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michelle Kraus

Candy Crowley in her interview this morning with White House advisor, John Brennan opened new and vital dialogue on terrorism and the Internet. She hit a home run in my world.