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Sarah Palin's Unalienable (sic) Rights Come From God

Malia Litman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Malia Litman

Sarah Palin's continuous invocation of God's name as an excuse is an indication that Palin is unwilling or unable to take responsibility for her own actions.

Gay Is Good

Carlos A. Ball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carlos A. Ball

Gay rights activists should use the empirical evidence to argue not just that "Gay is Not Bad," but also that "Gay is Good."

Gulags American-Style: Where People Disappear

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

"The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to s...

What Price for Freedom?

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

We must earn our right to be American. The bottom line is that we owe it to those who have put their lives on the line for our freedoms to make our citizenship count for something.

What Goldman-Sachs CEO Should Have Told Congress

Richard Greener | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Richard Greener

Perhaps Robert V. Marrow ought to consider a career on Wall Street. Better yet, isn't there a Senatorial election coming up in New York? Either way, it appears the public would be better served than it is today.

Legal Challenge to Arizona's Law Explained

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

The fight against Arizona's immigration law won't be as easy as many suspect. This isn't because SB1070 is lawful or just. It is because constitutional protections in the US are woefully inadequate when it comes to institutional racism.

Christian Bias and Supreme Court Extremism

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

The Supreme Court revealed to the world recently an extraordinary religious extremism that belies any quaint notion of judicial restraint.

Supreme Court Helps Out Kagan

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Supreme Court has yanked the rug out from under the argument that Kagan shouldn't have had the option to bar military recruiters from campus while dean of Harvard law school. Today's ruling affirms that right for universities.

Robert Byrd's Supreme Irony

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Franken

Robert Byrd would probably be proud that his death came on a day when the United States Senate was once again playing one of its most primal roles.

Gay Rights v. Free Speech, the Round-Up

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday on the validity of the Washington state law requiring the release of names on petitions submitted in support of referendums.

Gay Rights Groups v. Free Speech in the Supreme Court

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

This morning, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on a significant free speech issue. While I'm not one to celebrate successes by groups like Protect Marriage Washington, in this case, gay rights groups are on the wrong side of history.

What Do the Second Amendment Rallies Tell Us About the Gun Rights Movement?

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

There is now a segment within the gun rights community that is hostile to all progressive interests and believes it has a right to use firearms to counter the results of our democratic process.

The "Kill" Bill: Obama, the Internet and the Beginning of a Congressional Odyssey

Christina Gagnier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

While PNCAA (the so-called "Internet Kill Switch" bill) seems to advocate a cross-sectoral approach to tackling cybersecurity threats, it doesn't use private sector best practices when establishing what is supposed to be a response to potential "cyber warfare."

We the People v. the Roberts Court

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

Here we go again. The balance of justice between businesses and citizens is being tested this week in the Supreme Court. If recent history is a guide, this may not end well.

Friday Talking Points [129] -- Incrementalism Wins Big

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We're going to begin today with the news that a popular New Jersey beach is considering allowing women to sunbathe topless. And then move right on to...

Losing Our Leaders: Are We Prepared for the Unthinkable?

Terry Newell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Newell

The loss of the Polish President and other key leaders in the April 10th crash of their airliner while attempting to land in Smolensk, Russia seemed e...

Amazon Says Data Disclosure Will Invade Privacy on 'Massive Scale'

Leslie Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Leslie Harris

Religious affiliation, mental and physical health issues, sexual orientation, political ideology is all information that could likely be gleaned from the contents of a person's Amazon shopping cart.

Dispatch From Guntopia

Cliff Schecter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cliff Schecter

To protesters at the Fort Hunt rally, the federal government, a health care bill and their personal interpretation of the Constitution are reasons for everyone to be armed and ready to do battle.

"Second Amendment Remedies"

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Republicans have two options: Denounce the ridiculous idea that there are "Second Amendment remedies" to questions of policy, or own up to their role as co-conspirators in the rising level of insurrectionist violence we see in our country.

Dismiss the Florida Lawsuit: Health Care Reform Law Preserves Constitutional Federalism

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

Health care reform preserves the states' longstanding role in protecting the health and welfare of their residents and reflects the partnership between the federal government and the states at its best.

An Updated Job Description for the President of the United States

Frank A. Weil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

Reading the newspapers and watching the TV and Internet news lately (that is, the last decade or so), one cannot escape the sense that the press, the ...

President Washington Would Have Squashed Rick Barber Like a Grape

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

As every fifth-grader knows, our Founding Fathers rebelled against the British tea taxes primarily because the taxes were imposed upon the colonies without any representation in the British Parliament.

Fear and Why the Tea Party Will Fade Away

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Jim Taylor

I believe that the Tea Party will have only a minor influence on the midterm elections (and that influence will benefit the Democrats) and a lingering presence on the political scene for a few years.

Constitutional Hunting Season Heats Up

Alain L. Sanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alain L. Sanders

The language, the principles, and the logic of our democracy all indicate that the Founders strived to design a vibrant and adaptable system.

Restoring the Fourth Amendment: How We the People Can Win Over Washington

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

With 2010 finding our government institutions tone deaf and disengaged on addressing our mounting constitutional crises, there have been few riper times for a transpartisan political offensive.