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U.S. Constitution Under Siege

Time Magazine | Richard Stengel | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics

Americans have debated the Constitution since the day it was signed, but seldom have so many disagreed so fiercely about so much. Would it be unconsti...

Fixing the Fiasco of the NYPD's Marijuana Arrests

Jesse Levine | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
Jesse Levine

Two New York State legislators have proposed a simple, effective legislative fix to New York City's 15-year marijuana arrest craze that would strike from the law the misdemeanor for marijuana possession of less than an ounce.

The Supreme Court's Stinky Ruling on Marijuana Odor: What Does it Really Mean?

Scott Morgan | Posted 07.18.2011 | Politics
Scott Morgan

This week's Supreme Court decision in Kentucky v. King has civil-libertarians and marijuana policy reformers in an uproar, and rightly so, but it's not exactly the death of the 4th Amendment

Should Judge in Same-Sex Marriage Case Be Recused?

Adam Winkler | Posted 07.16.2011 | Politics
Adam Winkler

Implicit in Prop. 8 supporters' effort to recuse Judge Walker is the notion that, unlike a gay judge who might benefit from marriage, a heterosexual judge would be impartial. The ironies abound.

Raped Cheerleader Told by Courts to Go Home and Be Quiet

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Joanne Bamberger

The Supreme Court of the United States just told a sexually assaulted high school girl to shut up and go home. They didn't say it in those words exac...

Florida: Could Photo of Pigpen Get You 30 Years in the State Pen?

Scott Edwards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Scott Edwards

Senator Norman's misguided bill is yet another attempt to keep a tight, dark lid on the many, many wrongs being committed today by the factory farming industry.

Gene Weingarten Revives America's Civic Religion

Bob McNamara | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob McNamara

In an effort to update and upgrade our national anthem, Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten has penned his own replacement, with music set to th...

On the Joys of His Gay Marriage

Sarah Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sarah Rose

On a new TV show, Joel Derfner and I find ourselves in the middle of the jealousy plot: He likes boys, so do I. He gets married, I do not. Boy, this role is a bummer, no? Well, no.

Listen Up -- Atlanta Victory Sends Message

Leslie Gabel-Brett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leslie Gabel-Brett

When ordinary folks, whether LGBT or not, stop by a bar to meet people and have a drink, they should not be afraid that their town or city police force will send officers to terrorize and insult them.

Prop 8 Oral Argument Liveblog

Judith E. Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judith E. Schaeffer

With marriage equality hanging in the balance for same-sex couples, Monday will give us all a chance to witness history in the making.

ScannerGate and Unhappy Ending Pat-Downs

Kate Hanni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Kate Hanni

What do you know about the TSA's two new security measures? Our recent survey showed us that many people haven't given this issue much thought.

Howard Fineman: O'Donnell's Ignorance Of Constitutional Freedoms A 'Crushing Contrast' To Tea Party Platform

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

HuffPost Senior Political Editor Howard Fineman visited "Countdown" on Thursday to talk about the Constitution, Christine O'Donnell and how she reflec...

France's Illegal Ban of the Burqa

Rabah Ghezali | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabah Ghezali

It is nonsensical to suppose that an individual's free and deliberate choice to veil their person violates their own human dignity.

I Said I Wouldn't Write About the Mosque

David Helfenbein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Helfenbein

When people like Terry Jones use our freedoms to provoke and anger and instill hatred, he abuses his right. Don't ever again politicize our day of unity, Terry Jones. It only comes once a year.

Ground Zero: Rights Gone Wrong

Joan Z. Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan Z. Shore

The best news to emerge in the debate over the Ground Zero mosque is the opposition from some Muslim quarters: They are actually against the project.

Majority Rules, Minority Rights

Elizabeth Bisbee Silber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Bisbee Silber

Once again, subjects that merit measured, thoughtful discussion by grown up leaders instead become fodder for juvenile shouting matches, jingoistic tirades, and paranoid rants.

Congressional Sparring Ignores Practical Reasons For Miranda

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

The consequences of not reading rights to terrorist suspects that we later want to prosecute are now on display at the military commissions in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. And it's not looking good for the government.

Conservative Vigilantes: Please Exercise Your Right to Silence

David Coleman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Coleman

Joe Lieberman should be ashamed of his assertion that a law can be passed to strip people of constitutional rights after they are apprehended and charged.

A Quick Solution to the Health Care Debate

Katie Stoynoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Katie Stoynoff

As some of the deadlines approach for the implementation of the Health Care Reform Bill, many are still up in arms about the government "mandating" them to carry health insurance. I have a suggestion. Stop seeking medical treatment.

Dan Froomkin

Holder Picks Wrong Crowd For Defense Of Military Commissions | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Attorney General Eric Holder, whose decision to try 9/11 terror suspects in criminal court appears likely to be overruled by the White House political...

McHenry Woman Cleared Of Sex Abuse Charges, Judge Cites Delay In Prosecution

Daily Herald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A Bourbonnais woman arrested more than 13 years after her indictment on sex abuse charges left the McHenry County courthouse a free woman Tuesday afte...

The F Word: Pedophilia is Fine, but Hold the Abortion

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

In another story from Arizona, but one that's attracting less attention than that state's check your documents anti-immigration law, a nun in Phoenix ...

Lieberman Strikes Again

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Joe Lieberman can probably find something in the latest proposal from Russia that he'll be wanting to incorporate in the legislation he is about to introduce.

Miranda Panders

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Franken

Political sport has put Attorney General Eric Holder and Obama, on the defensive. They are running in reverse as they once again heed the call of political expedience even when it comes to eroding the 5th Amendment.

Is Sarah Palin Sen. Joe McCarthy Redux?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

With her cutesy little homilies that spew venom and lies, Sarah Palin is touting fear of socialism in the same way that Joe McCarthy used fear of communism to disparage his enemies and divide the country.