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What if Instead of the Nuremberg Trials There Was Only a Truth Commission?

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy Scahill

As some liberals make the case against a Special Prosecutor, the lawyers who fought for the release of the torture memos push back and explain why prosecutions are the only response.

Sam Stein

Lawmakers: Congress Will Investigate Torture, Bipartisan Support In Place | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The central debate dominating discussions of a possible investigation into torture by the Bush administration seems to have shifted sharply in the pas...

Ryan Grim

House Judiciary Committee To Hold Hearings On Torture Memos, Lawyers | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The torture memos released last week by the Obama administration will soon get a full hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. So, too, will the ...

Ryan Grim

As Report Shows Bybee's Torture Culpability, Conyers Says: 'We're Coming After These Guys' | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Bush administration attorney Jay Bybee, now a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals serving a lifetime appointment, crafted legal justifications...

Selling War: Struggling to Make the Case to Fight Terrorism, Again.

Vikrum Aiyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Vikrum Aiyer

Obama's proposed tactics in the AfPak region have certainly been scrutinized, but truly vocal criticisms have maintained low decibel levels... until now.

Handing Out Awards from Hollywood to Capitol Hill

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Markarian

We see cruelty and abuse every day in our work, and it's important to take a step back and celebrate the dedicated and compassionate people who are making a meaningful difference.

Is Your Representative Opposing Escalation in Afghanistan?

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Last week, some members of Congress sent President Obama a letter that urged him to "reconsider" his order deploying 17,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan. But the list of signers was awfully short.

Karl Rove, Sarah Palin and Tim Griffin Walk Into a Bar...

Shannyn Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shannyn Moore

Why did Karl Rove's right-hand man and special assistant to George W. Bush, under Congressional investigation for felony vote caging, come to Alaska over 20 times last year?

"Poster Boy" Of Immigration Enforcement To Be Investigated, Says He Should Be Commended

Dawn Teo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dawn Teo

PHOENIX -- The Department of Justice is investigating "America's Toughest Sheriff." Acting Assistant Attorney General Loretta King sent a letter Tuesd...

A Reply to Congressman Conyers

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

It is time that Congress take responsibility for the cynicism this system has produced. It is not enough for good souls to insist on their goodness. A good soul must act to change a corrupted system.

John Conyers Tries [and Fails] to Explain His Opposition to Public Science Access

Michael Eisen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Eisen

Rep. Conyers would have us believe that it is just a coincidence that his bill would erase a government policy vehemently opposed by publishers who have contributed to his campaigns.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Despite Karl Rove's concerns that his appearance before the House Judiciary Committee could become a "show trial," the deal he cut assures that his testimony, at least initially, will be conducted in private. John Conyers promises to get to the bottom of Rove's role in the US Attorneys scandal, but will Bush's Brain be asked about the outing of Valerie Plame? The prosecution of Don Siegelman? His cozy relationship with Jack Abramoff? The Rove deal allows Obama to sidestep weighing in on Bush's very broad claims of executive privilege. White House Counsel Greg Craig says Obama is "very sympathetic to those who want to find out what happened," but doesn't want to "do anything that would... weaken the institution of the presidency." After reading the chilling secret Bush memos released this week, the idea of a less unbridled executive branch doesn't seem like such a bad thing.

John Conyers, It's Time to Speak Up

Lawrence Lessig and Michael Eisen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig and Michael Eisen

Conyers' proposed ban on "open access publishing" is the darling of the publishing industry because it would force the public to buy for-profit journals to get information that would otherwise be online for free.

A Reply to Larry Lessig

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

I think I have earned a bit more of the benefit of the doubt than Professor Lessig is willing to muster. It should be no great surprise that there is far more to the "open access" story than his muckracking tale lets on.

Probe the Past To Protect the Future

Andrew Kreig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Kreig

Congress is taking well-publicized steps for increased oversight. Yet vigorous public pressure is required to ensure that their "investigations" are not merely for show.

Karl Rove Agrees To Testify

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A deal has been reached whereby Karl Rove will finally testify, under oath, before the House Judiciary Committee, according to chairman John Conyers' ...

Is John Conyers Shilling for Special Interests?

Lawrence Lessig and Michael Eisen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig and Michael Eisen

Conyers is leading a proposal to forbid the government from requiring scientists who receive taxpayer funds for medical research to publish their findings openly on the Internet.

"Billions of Dollars to the Banks, Yet We're the Ones That Are Homeless."

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

Conyers' proposal is a simple, modest fix that will help keep hundreds of thousands of families in their homes. This bill is a win for every homeowner in America.

Ryan Grim

Liberal Groups Pressure Congress On Foreclosure Bill (VIDEO) | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Liberal advocacy groups, including and Brave New Foundation, are upping pressure on Congress over the next few days to act on a foreclosure...

Ryan Grim

How We'll Get To Universal Health Care: Patching The Tattered Blanket | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When President Obama put his signature to the stimulus package Tuesday, he also signed into law a number of health care reforms that were the result o...

Rove's Lawyer: He Won't Take The Fifth If He Testifies

Raw Story | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Representatives of the Bush White House are no longer advising former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove that he is protected by executive pr...

Officials Disagree Over F.B.I. and U.S. Attorney Involvement in Nevada ACORN Investigation

M.S. Bellows, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
M.S. Bellows, Jr.

Spokespeople for Nevada's top federal and state law enforcement authorities have staked out different positions when asked whether federal officials a...

21st Century Bull Connor Closer to Feeling Fire Hose Turned on Him

Bertha Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bertha Lewis

The Arpaio spectacle shows that a police-state solution does not work.

Ryan Grim

Conyers Subpoenas Rove, Siegelman Responds | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Karl Rove has been subpoenaed again by House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI), who hopes to question the former Bush Administration of...

Learning from the Geithner Financial Rescue Announcement: Is the Best Yet to Come?

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

So much has been written about the bank rescue announcement by Treasury Secretary Geithner, and a clear verdict has set in -- the details were missing and the plan was far too scant to soothe the markets.