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Constitutional Rights

A Crucial, Unlearned Lesson From Julius Caesar

Salon | Glenn Greenwald | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics

In 63 B.C., Julius Caesar delivered a speech to the Roman Senate in which he conveyed a crucial point, one highly relevant to many of our current cont...

Count Me: An Ode to Liberty

Robin Koerner | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Left and Right and Right and Left / Have left America bereft / Of liberty, its founding light. / Christians, Liberals speak of peace / Until they hold the nation's leash, / And send its youth to fight.

How Far Do First Amendment Rights Go?

Aubree Eliza Weaver | Posted 06.11.2012 | College
Aubree Eliza Weaver

How are First Amendment rights different for people serving our country? Now, hear me out when I say that I'm rather torn on this issue.

Health Insurance and Strip Searches: The Public as Constitutional Thinkers

Peter J. Woolley | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics
Peter J. Woolley

Only small segments of the public pay substantial, sustained attention even to high-profile cases like this one, never mind the particulars of the full reach of the interstate commerce clause, or whether requiring health insurance is akin to mandating consumption of broccoli.

Why Americans Should Support the People's Rights Amendment

Ben Clements | Posted 04.14.2012 | Politics
Ben Clements

In short, the elimination of corporate constitutional rights will not change the results in cases in which the constitutional rights of natural persons -- individually or in groups or associations -- are infringed.

Man Locked In Solitary For 2 Years Wins $22 Settlement

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 03.27.2012 | Crime

A New Mexico man held in solitary confinement at a county prison for two years without a trial has won a $22 million suit for violations of his consti...

Surrendering 2011: Rendition and Methane

Jim Garrison | Posted 02.27.2012 | Politics
Jim Garrison

In the fine print of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, passed just before the holidays, it turns out that in addition to being now legally ...

Is Peeing in a Little Plastic Cup Violating Your Constitutional Rights?

Bethany St. James | Posted 02.18.2012 | Politics
Bethany St. James

Drug testing isn't unconstitutional, but what should be unconstitutional is blowing tax dollars on assisting individuals who knowingly break the law -- criminals.

Shoshana Hebshi And The Big Flaw in Airport Security

Kate Hanni | Posted 11.18.2011 | Travel
Kate Hanni

Since 9/11, ignorance and misguided paranoia have combined to inspire senseless hate crimes all over America against people who wish only the same peace and safety all Americans desire.

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.

TSA: Security or Security Theater?

Kate Hanni | Posted 09.17.2011 | Politics
Kate Hanni

After an extended period of inappropriate, knee-jerk response, dealing with real security threats by providing security theater, the TSA is slowly responding to public outcry.

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.