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Young Palestinians Push for a Gender-Equal Constitution

UN Women | Posted 06.20.2015 | World
UN Women

"I used to be afraid to give my opinion, but now I tell people about complex issues like politics, women's rights and the Constitution. I feel strong," says 24-year-old Amani Thawabta, a law school graduate from Palestine. Although she speaks about lobbying for women's rights as powerfully as a lifelong advocate, that wasn't always the case.

A Quick Way to Decide If You Are for Fast Track

Dave Johnson | Posted 06.20.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

We don't yet know what is in the TPP, because it is still secret and will remain so until shortly before the fast-track process requires Congress to vote. The president says to trust him, telling us that it will be great and "progressive" and create lots of jobs and expand the economy. Great. But the history on our trade deals -- especially those passed using fast track -- has been very bad. NAFTA was sold as creating a lot of jobs and growing the economy, but NAFTA destroyed jobs and expanded the trade deficit. China's entry into the World Trade Organization was sold as creating a lot of jobs and growing the economy, but it turned out to be absolutely devastating for America's working people, middle class and entire manufacturing ecosystem, and the trade deficit with China is now enormous. As a result of these agreements, entire regions of the country look like wastelands. Seriously, go look at Detroit.

ERA? Not Merely Symbolic

K. Sujata | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
K. Sujata

As of 2012, over seventy percent of women are employed outside the home. These women are supporting themselves and their families, and importantly for us all, keeping the American dream alive for our nation.

'Liberal' Writer: The Supreme Court 'Has to Go'

Evan Bernick | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Last week, Slate writer Mark Joseph Stern advanced an alarming proposal with apparent seriousness: The Supreme Court should be abolished, or, at the very least, ignored.

Three Generations of Judicial Abdication Are Enough: A Reply to Carson Holloway (Part II)

Evan Bernick | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Every one of us is entitled to an honest, reasoned explanation when the government requires us to obey a law that we might not agree with, to ensure that that law preserves our liberty rather than depriving us of it. Three generations of judicial abdication are enough.

Corporations Are Becoming People Too!

Byron Williams | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Byron Williams

The First Amendment undergirds the nation's utopian quest for "A more perfect Union." A beacon of light since 1787, it is the supreme testament to the nation's commitment to individual liberty, but that has changed over the past several years.

Denying the Dogma of Judicial Deference: A Reply to Carson Holloway (Part I)

Evan Bernick | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

In this post, I will argue that Holloway's approach to judicial review is informed by an understanding of rights that is alien to that of the Framers and ignores the express language of the Ninth and Fourteenth Amendments. In a subsequent post, I will trace the tragic consequences of that approach.

150 Years Ago, the Confederate Constitution Used Mike Pence's View of 'Religious Freedom' to Justify Slavery

H. A. Goodman | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Until God comes down and tells the world that florists and pizza parlors shouldn't serve the LGBT community, it's best to keep bizarre religious interpretations away from refusing service to other American citizens. Religious freedom shouldn't be a way to discriminate or justify hatred and intolerance.

John McGinnis and the Originalist Case Against Judicial Restraint

Evan Bernick | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Last week, I argued that the judicial restraint long advocated by conservatives has its roots in the Progressive era, drawing upon Professor John McGinnis' recent paper, The Duty of Clarity, in support of my arguments.

The Progressive Roots of Judicial Restraint

Evan Bernick | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Such restraint has led judges to rubber-stamp patently protectionist regulations, uphold the bulldozing of entire neighborhoods for private economic development, and rationalize their way into upholding Obamacare's individual mandate as a "tax."

Texas License Plates and the Confederate Flag

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

It seems clear that Texas cannot constitutionally forbid the display of the Confederate flag on a license plate because others might find it "offensive or disagreeable." But it is not so simple. Is the government discriminating among private speakers, or is it expressing only the messages it wishes to convey?

Erdogan's New Turkey: Goodbye Atatürk, Hello Atatürk

Stefan Ihrig | Posted 05.11.2015 | World
Stefan Ihrig

The recently -- and Putinesquely -- elected President Erdoğan likes to refer to his state as the "new Turkey," just as Atatürk and his Nazi admirers did. That by itself may not mean much, but the label signifies the same: a Turkey that radically breaks with what was before. Erdoğan can run and scream all he wants; he is Atatürk's kid.

Ted Cruz: Same-Sex Marriage Rulings Are 'A Real Danger To Our Liberty'

The Huffington Post | Sara Bondioli | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics

Court rulings upholding marriage equality are "a real danger to our liberty," Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said in a radio interview Monday. In response...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

GOP Senators Flub Fact About The Constitution As They Lecture Iran About The Constitution

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of 47 Republican senators on Monday took the most dramatic step yet to undermine the Obama administration's ongoing nuclear dipl...

Ronald McDonald and Friends Sue Seattle to Stop Minimum Wage Hike

Ron Fein | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
Ron Fein

Last summer, the City of Seattle passed a law that will raise the city's minimum wage to $15 per hour. But in a bizarre twist, Ronald McDonald and friends are suing the city and complaining that the new minimum wage violates a constitutional provision that was written to protect newly-freed slaves after the Civil War.

Wolf at the Door: Antonin Scalia and the Legal Conservative Movement

Peter Schwartz | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Peter Schwartz

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia once remarked in a dissent that many dangers visit the Court in sheep's clothing, "but this wolf comes as a wolf....

Can Bureaucrats Rewrite Laws? Latest Obamacare Supreme Court Case Could Let Them Do Just That

Evan Bernick | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

In order to defend the rule of law, the Supreme Court must engage with the law as written. It must seek the truth concerning the political choices and tradeoffs manifested in the ACA itself. As Thomas Paine once put it, "In America, the law is king." In King, the Court must make plain where the authority lies.

Israel Palestine: A Constitutional Democracy

David Moshman | Posted 05.06.2015 | World
David Moshman

The only possible solution to the problem of Israel and Palestine, it is generally assumed, is to recognize the two peoples and divide the land between them. The only question, it appears, is where to draw the line and what happens to people who end up on the wrong side.

America Never Abolished Slavery

Angela F. Chan | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Angela F. Chan

This past Black History Month, millions of students were told the story of how America abolished slavery 150 years ago with ratification of the 13th Amendment. The story draws an upward trajectory of racial equality in America. The problem is the story isn't true. We never actually abolished slavery.

I'm With Stupid: How to Make Sure You're Buying a Christian Potato

Todd Hartley | Posted 04.29.2015 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

I'm not sure what "Christian principles" the committee is referring to, but when it comes to the collected works and thoughts of Madison and Jefferson, I move that we go with the Bill of Rights over some nebulous, assumed principles. But that's just me.

Founding Fathers: We Are Not a Christian Nation

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

As we witness yet again the brutal and bloody consequences of religious intolerance in the form of ISIS, we have a majority of Republicans pining for a Christian America. Proponents of converting the United States into a theocracy do not see the terrible parallel between religious excess in the Middle East and here at home.

Dana Liebelson

Inside The Conservative Campaign To Stop Cops From Enforcing Federal Gun Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Conservative lawmakers in at least 11 states are pushing legislation that would prevent state law enforcement from enforcing some or all...

'Prison Legal News' vs. the State of Florida: A Battle Against Censorship

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.27.2015 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

The State of Florida wishes to suppress a long-respected voice of dissent and social justice by targeting arguably "dangerous" content in the advertisements. By prohibiting the advertisement of lawful endeavors everyone should take pause and ask: what are they afraid of?

The Achievement Gap vs. The Justice Gap: Race vs. Redemption

Kanene Holder | Posted 04.21.2015 | Education
Kanene Holder

The achievement gap will never close until we as a society, especially educators, tackle the justice gap head-on.

Six Thoughts on Guns and Freedom

Peter Schwartz | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
Peter Schwartz

With the NRA now publicizing its 2015 annual meeting in Nashville, it seems like a good time to revisit last year's frenzied, speaking-in-tongues tent revival, along with some of the ideas on the relationship between guns and freedom prompted by NRA nuttiness.