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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 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.

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.

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.

Rand Paul and Congressional Power to Secure Civil Rights

David Gans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Gans

The text and history recounted in The Shield demonstrate that Paul is wrong about Congress' authority to enact civil rights legislation applying to private persons and businesses.

June 15: King John Signs Magna Carta

Sophie Pollitt-Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sophie Pollitt-Cohen

Many people, especially those who write articles on this subject for Wikipedia, would say the Magna Carta is the most influential and important foundation of constitutional law.

The 17th Amendment is Good for America

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

There's a movement afoot to repeal the 17th Amendment of the United States Constitution which allows for the two US Senators from each state to be "el...

Rhode Island's David Segal's Call for a Constitutional Convention

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

It is impossible for any fair minded soul, whether Democratic or Republican, to look at the current state of the American democracy and not believe that something has gone profoundly wrong.

Second Amendment Rallies Present Open Threat to Rule of Law

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

With two pro-gun marches approaching in Washington and Virginia, the NRA should make it clear that, no matter what their feelings about firearm regulation, there is no constitutional right to insurrection.

Secular Law Is Progressive, Constitutionally

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

In selecting a new justice to replace Stevens, all that's necessary is to a capable and honest person to uphold a progressive instrument of governance.

Obama's Unacceptable Replacement for Justice Stevens: Jesus Christ (esq.)

Rob Kutner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rob Kutner

The shoulder pads in John Paul Stevens' robe haven't even cooled yet, but the President has already found a replacement with even more divisive and liberal credentials: Jesus H. Christ.

Pakistani President Gives Up Some Power, Voluntarily

Mahawish Rezvi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mahawish Rezvi

President Zardari has been accused of abusing the powers granted him by the constitution. Thus, giving them up is a political move, a last ditch effort to hang onto office after 18 months of political mishaps.