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We Need to Stop Leaning into Scalia's Punches

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

The Court's monumentally wrong ruling in Citizens United v. FEC has laid bare the underbelly of the conservative legal project. It's time for progressives to have that honest brawl about why the Constitution itself points in a progressive direction.

A Constitution Written in Indelible Ink

Sean Paige | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Sean Paige

We've obviously gone a little crazy. But how much crazier would things be if we didn't have the indelible ink on the Constitution as a touchstone?

A New Debate on the Court and the Constitution

Michael Keegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

The Constitution doesn't, it turns out, belong only to the handful of men who drafted it two hundred years ago. Ironically, it's thanks to the far-right bloc on the Court that Americans are more open than ever to hearing this message.

Reproductive Fraud? Sham Pregnancy Centers Face Pushback

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

It's increasingly difficult to figure out which of the numerous organizations claiming to offer "reproductive health services" actually provide termination referrals and which are merely sham clinics established by right-wing religious activists.

George Will's War on Birthright Citizenship and His Own Constitutional "Principles"

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

George Will's column in Sunday's Washington Post argues that there is solid basis for denying birthright citizenship to children born in the United States of illegal immigrants.

The Senate Farce for Kagan's Confirmation to the Supreme Court

Robert W. Benson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert W. Benson

It is unlikely that candor will emerge at the Senate confirmation hearings on Elena Kagan. We are in for days of a farce that serves politics but does not serve the truth.

Supreme Court Looks To Foreign Law For Tips

AP | JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The debate over whether the Supreme Court should look to foreign law when interpreting the Constitution is ultimately irrelevant be...

Conservative Leader Tony Perkins Is Right: Donate to People, Not Political Committees

Kimberly Krautter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kimberly Krautter

The Founding Fathers never intended for corporations of any ilk (S, 501-C, LLC, etc.) to have the same rights as individuals.

Health Reform, Hallelujah!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

Health reform had passed the Senate, and then had passed the House. Then, it needed to pass the Senate again, which it would have done, except that Ted Kennedy picked a bad time to die.

Political Violence is Not an American Value

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

How have we reached the point where violence is promoted as an acceptable response to democratically-enacted legislation? The truth is that political developments over the past three decades have made such violence tragically inevitable.

Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins

Alison Teal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Alison Teal

Molly Ivins was a true wit. It's not surprising that a play about her would be very funny, but the play also reveals a side of her that many will not be familiar with- a lifelong struggle with her father.

Strict Ideology Wilts Under the Weight of Reality

Byron Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Byron Williams

Kentucky's Republican nominee for the open U.S. Senate seat, Rand Paul, in his best Ayn Rand objectivist viewpoint, concluded private businesses shoul...

14 ATTORNEYS GENERAL v. THE CONSTITUTION

Stanley Kutler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanley Kutler

Fourteen state Attorneys General have indicated their determination to challenge the recently-enacted health care legislation on the grounds that the...

Military Clothing for Presidents? No, Sir!

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Astore

Whenever the president addresses our troops, he should, indeed he must, appear in civilian clothing, because that's precisely what he is: a civilian, a very special one, to be sure, but that's what he is.

Atheist Activist Threatens To Sue The State Over Money For Giant Cross

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A Christian group in southern Illinois attempting to restore one of the largest crosses in the Western hemisphere is being challenged by a Chicago-are...

Racism and the Tea Party Part II... Southern Style

Melissa Webster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Melissa Webster

"People of integrity expect to be believed, and they wait for time to prove them right." My friend Ray says this a lot, though he's not sure where it ...

Remembering A Divided Nation

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

America is as divided as it has been at any time since the Civil War. The rift is not as obvious as the subjugation of persons based on color. But do not doubt it is about conduct.

One Party?

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Philip Neches

In the health care debate, the Republican Party broke the historic operation of the two party system, with consequences for both parties.

Not One of the Ten Commandments Is in the Constitution

Tina Dupuy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Tina Dupuy

If you catch the rhetoric surrounding the US Constitution, you'd think the Ten Commandments are its bullet points. They're not.

Glenn Beck's Alcoholism and CPAC

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanton Peele

Glenn Beck hit two themes of interest to a psychologist in his keynote speech to a conservative audience at CPAC -- his idyllic family life, and his a...

Rand Paul: Libertarian Extraordinaire?

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

Rand Paul's thinking on refusing to serve minorities and other issues is one dimensional. It's hard to admire a mind that can't accommodate real world solutions to problems.

Give Me Liberty or Keep Me Safe!

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Astore

Today, our new cry seems to be "Give me liberty or keep me safe": safe, that is, from the big, bad, terrorist wolf.

Rand Paul, the Tea Party, and Our Constitution

David Gans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Gans

The Tea Party likes to portray itself as fighting for the Constitution, but more and more evidence makes it clear that the Tea Party only cares about ...

Obama and Calderon Both Insult Americans

Ernest Istook | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ernest Istook

By publicly bashing an American law during a joint appearance with the President of Mexico, Barack Obama poured gasoline on an already-raging fire and missed a golden chance to be statesmanlike.

Health Care: In Order to Form a More Perfect Union...

Rep. John Garamendi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. John Garamendi

The Declaration of Independence calls for every American to have access to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Yet 45,000 Americans die each year because they do not have health insurance.