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Andrea Stone

Muslim Scholars Issue Fatwa Declaring No Conflict Between Islamic Law And U.S. Constitution | Andrea Stone | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics

Islamic scholars tired of conservative charges that Muslims in the United States constitute a radical fifth column bent on subverting American values ...

#OccupyWallStreet: What They Want (VIDEO)

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 12.17.2011 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

I visited Zuccotti Park with Jim Wallis and Tim King. We interviewed several participants in the #OccupyWallStreet encampment.

Constitutional Moments: The People's Voice

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics
Dylan Ratigan

America has been here before, and has shown remarkable resilience in the darkest of times. So just how do we get the debate we deserve? How do we root out the corruption, greed, and fraud in our system?

Justice Scalia, Originalism and the First Amendment

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

In a recent conversation at the Aspen Institute's 2011 Washington D.C.'s Ideas Forum, Justice Antonin Scalia offered some interesting observations about his theory of originalism and the meaning of the First Amendment.

Occupy Wall Street as the Conscience of America

Jonathan R. Cole | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics
Jonathan R. Cole

OWS is a peaceful, non-violent form of protest against government policies that produce still greater inequalities in our society. They are the conscience of America, not its enemy. For this we should be thankful and should join in their cause.

U.S. v. Jones: Where Privacy, Technology and the Constitution Collide

John W. Whitehead | Posted 12.10.2011 | Technology
John W. Whitehead

"The privacy and dignity of our citizens [are] being whittled away by sometimes imperceptible steps. Taken individually, each step may be of little co...

Obama, the Ground-Breaking President?

Anthony Gregory | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics
Anthony Gregory

Why should the killing of Al-Awlaki not be a universal outrage? What greater tyranny could there be than a president's power to order a citizen executed without consulting Congress or the courts?

How Many Second Amendment Cases Will the NRA Lose?

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

Three years, 400 legal challenges, and "millions of dollars in legal bills" later, all the gun lobby has had to show for its efforts is a body of case law affirming the right of the people to have strong gun laws.

The Kinde Durkee Scandal and Political Reform

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 12.05.2011 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

Durkee may be the Bernie Madoff of California Democrats, having allegedly embezzled from hundreds of campaign accounts. While it might be tempting to view this as an isolated case, the problem cuts much deeper.

Senators Should Demand High Standards From our Highest Court

Bob Edgar | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics
Bob Edgar

As the Supreme Court begins hearing cases for its 2011-12 term this week, two of its members will cross the street for a different sort of hearing that could rekindle a much-needed debate over the court's ethical standards and their enforcement.

The Simple Answer to the "Individual Mandate" Question

Paul Abrams | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Now that the Obama administration has decided to appeal directly to the Supreme Court, the question is front-and-center.

You Have No Rights

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

We talk about rights to privacy regularly but few people can point to what exactly those rights are. More importantly, what guarantees those rights? What guarantees us that our rights will not be infringed upon? The answer is... nothing!

Occupy K Street

Marty Kaplan | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

Without campaign finance reform, the future belongs to the big dogs in the money game. I wish Occupy Wall Street would connect the dots between whatever their issues are and the mother of all issues.

Arin Greenwood

Small Group Of OccupyDC Protesters Gather Near White House | Arin Greenwood | Posted 12.01.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Around 35 OccupyDC protesters huddled in a cluster of trees in McPherson Square on Saturday morning during on-and-off rain showers, the ...

The Case for the Post Office

David Morris | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics
David Morris

Republicans have been railing at the government post office for many years. But for most of us, it is a "wondrous American creation."

Mike Sacks

What Took The Supreme Court So Long To Answer Troy Davis' Appeal | Mike Sacks | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court's order Wednesday night denying Troy Anthony Davis' stay of execution states, in its entirety, "The application for st...

Is Constitution Day Unconstitutional?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

The academic debate over what constitutes an "unconstitutional condition" very likely will continue, and Constitution Day perhaps could serve as a debating topic to mark the day.

80 Million Disenfranchised and Disinterested Americans Didn't Vote In '08. What Portends for 2012?

Pearl Korn | Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

As the 2012 Presidential campaign heads into high gear, we must engage eligible non-voters who are young, uneducated and economically deprived.

Our Progressive Constitution

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 11.17.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Today is Constitution Day. It is a day to reflect, at least for a moment, on the American Constitution and how it has helped to shape our nation over more than two centuries.

Let's Help, Not Hinder, Schools in Teaching the Constitution

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 11.16.2011 | Education
Caroline Fredrickson

There is a real need to improve civics education in our nation's schools, one that should be taken seriously. Constitution Day is worthy of celebration; let's help schools do so in a positive, productive manner.

The Constitution We Nearly Had

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

Imagine a very different Constitution -- one where Congress could kill any state law, where a twenty-six member Senate controlled treaty-making with other nations, and where the president's veto was exercised jointly with the Supreme Court.

Constitution Day: Is the Constitution on Life Support?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.12.2011 | Education
John W. Whitehead

For all intents and purposes, the Constitution is on life support and has been for some time now. Those responsible for its demise are none other tha...

A Decade After 9/11: Time to Choose to Be America Again?

Robin Koerner | Posted 11.11.2011 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Since 9-11, it seems that the American Left and the American Right have agreed on something of profound importance: we're scared. The politics of the last decade have been the politics of fear.

10 Bizarre Facts You Didn't Know About The Signers Of The U.S. Constitution

Denise Kiernan | Posted 11.08.2011 | Home
Denise Kiernan

We've been obsessed with signers of all stripes for number of years now. The men of 1787 may have yearned to form a more perfect union, but they were far from perfect themselves.

Systemic Failure

Michael Bendetson | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics
Michael Bendetson

While politics appear to be as divisive in nature as ever, Americans have managed to reach a consensus around one concept: government is broken.