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Egypt's Revolutionaries Face Constitutional Battle

Adel Iskandar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Adel Iskandar

While February 11 was celebrated like any major feat, most realize that the end of a regime is not simply the fall of its patriarch, but rather the dismantling of the structure that anchored him.

Healthcare Opponents' Latest Effort to Circumvent the Constitution: Interstate Compacts

Adam Winkler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Winkler

Republicans who have made such a grand show lately of their allegiance to the Constitution are now seeking to circumvent its requirements in their attempt to repeal the health care law. So much for following the original intent of the Framers.

Congress's First Power Demolishes Tea Party's "Constitutional Principle"

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

One wonders if any of the Tea Partiers who've run on a platform to "return to Constitutional principles" actually bothered to read the Constitution, or whether they just purchased worn, dog-eared copies to convey that impression.

While the Middle East Is Fighting For Democracy, Ours Is Slipping Away

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

MONEY has always been the most corrupting influence in our politics, a fact that is now on full display in Republican-controlled state houses across the midwest that are voting against public employees' right to collective bargaining.

Conservative Faith Coalition Urges Congress To Defend DOMA

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner said on Friday (March 4) that he and fellow lawmakers will defend t...

Sarah Palin's Narcissism Feeds Her Constitutional Incompetence

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Palin, who has repeatedly botched the meaning of the First Amendment, had the audacity to school eight of the nine Supreme Court justices, including the very conservative chief justice, on the First Amendment.

NYU Founder's Mixed Record on Slavery and Race

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

Albert Gallatin, a founder of NYU, claimed to oppose slavery. However, his claims to oppose it can also be read as racist attacks on the humanity of Africans.

The Danger of Democracy in the Middle East: Free Elections May Not Produce Freedom

Terry Newell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Newell

That we have spent more on arming Middle Eastern nations than on helping their people learn the art of republican government may well come back to haunt us in the months ahead.

Who Needs the Government?

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

As President Obama recently said, "We are the government." It makes no sense to be anti-government in the American context, unless you are opposed to the values that it represents.

Conservative Christian Lawyers Willing To Take Up Fight For DOMA

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON -- If President Obama and the U.S. Department of Justice no longer want to defend the Defense of ...

How Unions Saved the Constitution

Linda R. Monk, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda R. Monk, J.D.

Make no mistake: What is at risk in Wisconsin is the quality of life American workers have fought -- and died -- for during the past century. Without the sacrifices of union activists, free speech might never have become a reality.

Top 7 Reasons to Celebrate Today

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

President Obama's admission that the Defense of Marriage Act is no longer constitutionally defensible -- an admission he did not have to make -- lends huge weight to arguments in court that DOMA should be struck down.

Time for a Progressive Primary?

Allan Abramson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allan Abramson

President Obama continues to disappoint. The occupation of Afghanistan continues with no end in sight, a U.S.-installed leader who does not lead, and ...

Our Forgotten "Presidents"

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In between the Declaration of Independence and George Washington's inauguration, there were 16 (or perhaps 13, or maybe just eight) men who were called "president".

Cops Are Missing the Bad Guys While Profiling the Black Guys

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
David A. Love

In America, black men are regarded as a criminal element, and racial profiling is a practice that goes far beyond the justice system. It is culturally ingrained and normalized.

The Proceduralist: A Brief History of Israeli Constitutionalism

Yoav Sivan | Posted 12.07.2011 | World
Yoav Sivan

After an unequivocal experience of the inefficacy of the subsisting Israeli Government, you are called upon to reflect on the 62nd anniversary of the ...

Whose Constitution?

Stanley Kutler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanley Kutler

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen may have created a new gold standard for constitutional ignorance. The recent decision by a Flo...

A Minor Setback for Arizona's Residents

Pablo Alvarado | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pablo Alvarado

Last week, the effort to take away the citizenship rights of Arizona's first generation children born of undocumented parents hit a wall.

Immigration Memo to Republicans: Don't Mess With the Constitution

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

The serious and necessary debate on comprehensive immigration reform has been clouded by a debate over birthright citizenship. Some Republican legislators want to redefine how we understand the 14th Amendment.

In Wake of Tucson, NRA Advocates Armed Militia Movement

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

We must recognize that the NRA's insurrectionist ideology not only presents a grave threat to precious human life, but also undermines the very purpose of our Constitution.

Finally: The Second Amendment Explained

Ben Rosen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ben Rosen

Reading about the plight of (former) Rep. Chris Lee yesterday, it was hard to miss the photo that he posted to his would-be doxie. There was the hands...

Accountability For Members of Congress

Jonathan R. Cole | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan R. Cole

Can't we expect some basic competence demonstrated by our legislative representatives after their election? Other professions do, in fact, require far greater accountability of competence.

American History Requires Study, Not Plastic Surgery

Donald Kaul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donald Kaul

Despite its role as a living document, the Constitution -- like Huckleberry Finn -- is in many ways a reflection of its time.

Pass the 28th Amendment -- Lower the Voting Age!

Fred Karger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Karger

I feel that we should immediately begin discussion and planning to lower the legal voting age in the United States to either 16- or 17-years-old.

Honduras' Coup Congress Erases Five Basic Liberties

Al Giordano | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Al Giordano

The coup defenders are afraid of losing their "freedoms." But today, in one fell swoop their leaders erased those very freedoms, atop all the other ones they've already burned alive.