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New Black Panther Party Report Likely To Whet Conservative Appetites | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights prepares to release its final report on the much-hyped case of New Black Panther Party voter intimidation at a ...

Former Gitmo Prisoner's Case Comes Down to What He Knew and When He Knew It

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

What's most surprising about the Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani case is that, based on the government's opening arguments, it's not clear whether prosecutors have any direct evidence establishing that Ghailani intended to hurt anyone.

Sam Stein

MoveOn Asks DoJ To Launch Criminal Investigation Of Chamber's Funding | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Democratic Party's infrastructure responded with noticeable alarm on Tuesday to a report that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce may be funding its poli...

Oglala Sioux Win Voting Rights -- For Now

Stephanie Woodard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephanie Woodard

Opponents of holding a full-scale election on the Oglala Sioux Tribe's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation this fall held on as long as possible during a recent confrontation with hopeful voters.

Five Ways the Democrats Can Avoid a Catastrophe and Pull Off the Mother of All Upsets

Michael Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Moore

If you're of a mindset that believes a return to 2001-2008 would be sheer insanity, then you probably agree we've got no choice but to save the Democrats from themselves.

New Black Panthers: Coates' Testimony a "Bombshell" -- Of the Self-Exploding Kind

Michael Yaki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Yaki

The lawsuit on the Panthers was a rush to judgment -- filed long before it was ripe, before a full investigation was completed, and contrary to longstanding practices whether the defendants be black or white.

Update About the Government's New War on Peace

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

The raids on anti-war activists indicate to me that the FBI is merely seizing the moment in opportunistic fashion and abusing its discretion under the overbroad series of "war on terror" laws.

Can Anyone Stop Rove's Crime Against Democracy While it is in Progress?

Kevin Zeese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Zeese

Political operatives, like Karl Rove, are misusing the tax laws to create organizations that allow for anonymous and unlimited donations from corporations and the super-rich in order to determine the outcome of the mid-term elections.

Financial Fraudsters Beware -- Breuer, Khuzami, Perkins Are Still on the Case

Ted Kaufman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ted Kaufman

I will say now that I'm frustrated. We have seen very little in the way of senior officer or boardroom-level prosecutions of the people on Wall Street who brought this country to the brink of financial ruin. Why is that?

Undermining Aid: How the U.S. Financial System Facilitates Overseas Corruption

Robert B. Lawrence | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert B. Lawrence

When governments around the world are taking measures in support of fiscal austerity, foreign assistance is always a prime target for the chopping blo...

Isolated in Detention: Legal Representation and Detained Immigrants

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

In a report released earlier today, the National Immigrant Justice Center found that the availability of affordable legal services for immigrant detainees is grossly inadequate.

A Petition for Justice in the Newark Police

Deborah Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Deborah Jacobs

Today we petitioned the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the Newark Police Department, building a case for the federal agency to end the entrenched patterns of police abuse.

Blago 'Verdict': Not Earth Shattering, After All

Marty Robins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Marty Robins

The mistrial may mean many things, but it has nothing to do with Citizens United or campaign finance. We should avoid overreacting with far reaching action implicating the freedom of speech of anyone.

Meet Your Meat: Why We All Should Care Where Our Burger Comes From

Sam Schabacker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Sam Schabacker

As corporations increasingly own the animals on giant feedlots they control, they are able to suppress the price independent ranchers across the state can get for their livestock.

Safer Food Comes From a Fair System: Why Denver Citizens Should Care About USDA/DOJ hearings in Ft. Collins This Week

Judy Montero | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Judy Montero

The egg recall is an example of why the consolidation of our food supply puts consumers at risk and why I am such a proponent of local, sustainable food producers.

Latest CIA Interrogation Tapes Don't Tell the Whole Story

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Even if the newly released footage of Bin al shibh's interrogation in Morocco shows largely benign interrogations, we shouldn't forget that many of the videotapes that the CIA destroyed in 2005 documented serious abuse.

Obama's "General" Wins One: The Legal and Historical Import of U.S. vs. Arizona

David Coleman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Coleman

The decision in U.S. v. Arizona points to some important constitutional tensions that need to be recalled in a nation characterized by fractious Red states eager to embrace a power struggle with the government.

BP Texas City Victims Fight To Overturn 2005 Settelment

Huffington Post | Sara Yin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

David Leining, a BP worker based in the oil giant's Texas City refinery, was in a construction trailer discussing safety issues of all things when he ...

Unhappy Anniversary: Eight Years of Continuing Lawlessness

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

The Defense Department now obstructs justice by suppressing evidence of its own criminal actions. This sordid history indicates the perverse depths to which our nation has unfortunately fallen.

Obama Gun Policy: Fear and Fallacy

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

There is no question that we need to devote far more resources to enforcing federal gun laws. But it is a transparent fallacy to argue that deficiencies in enforcing current laws justify inaction to strengthen those laws.

All bets off: "Star" Witness in New Black Panther Investigation Falters

Michael Yaki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Yaki

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights -- scratch that -- the right-wing majority of the Commission -- investigation into the so-called New Black Panther...

Nail Salons and Human Trafficking

Phillip Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Phillip Martin

In recent years, law enforcement officials nationwide have reported increases in human trafficking. By some estimates there are around 20,000 victims brought into the United States each year.

Seeds of Life: Seed Industry Structure (VIDEO)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

Understanding the organizational structure of the seed industry may seem a pursuit into the arcane, and wonkish world of academics, and private seed breeders. This is certainly not the case.

GOP and New Black Panthers: Sound and Fury Signifying Nothing

Michael Yaki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Yaki

The Civil Rights Commission has become the attack dog lackey of the extreme right wing of the Republican Party, and it will be no surprise when it issues a hysterical red-baiting screed castigating the Obama Administration.

Wall Street "Justice": AIG Evidence Raises the Question, "Where Are the Indictments?"

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

A disturbing pattern seems to be forming in Washington: Evidence of financial wrongdoing leads to settlements with large banking institutions, but with no apparent move to indict the individuals responsible.