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Who Killed Molly?

Jon Leiberman | Posted 07.02.2014 | Crime
Jon Leiberman

The days go on, but the pain remains for all of the Dattilo family. There are thousands of people out there just like them -- who yearn for answers.

It's About Education, Stupid!

Marsha Levick | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Marsha Levick

Our inattention to the educational needs of incarcerated school age youth is not new, however, and it is not limited to youth serving time in the juvenile justice system.

Why the Market Will Take Care of Donald Sterling

Jon Leiberman | Posted 06.28.2014 | Sports
Jon Leiberman

The market will take care of this. The arena will be empty and the TV money will dry up and that, my friends, is how Mr. Sterling will be taken care of. And that -- I submit to you -- is stronger than any message the NBA can or will be able to send.

Oligarchy and Democracy in America

Jeffrey Winters | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey Winters

Oligarchy has always seemed far away to Americans. We readily invoke the term for Russian billionaires or robed senators in ancient Rome. But that is changing as we grapple with extreme economic and political inequality much closer to home.

My Easter

Paula Gordon | Posted 06.20.2014 | Religion
Paula Gordon

Easter was to my mother what Christmas was to me -- the best of the best. When I was old enough to articulate my preference for Christmas, I'd start with the unpleasantness of 'Good Friday.' How could torturing someone to death be the cause for celebration?

A Possible Revolution In Criminal Prosecution

AP | NIGEL DUARA | Posted 04.19.2014 | Politics

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded cour...

The US Prison System Needs a Total Overhaul

Diane Dimond | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
Diane Dimond

I'm not talking about a little tweak here and there. I'm talking about throwing a massive metaphorical hand grenade into the entire system and starting over from scratch. We should be ashamed of ourselves for allowing the system to have morphed into what it has.

New Law School Only Accepts Students Who Want To Be Lawyers For 'Right' Reasons

2014-02-21-ScreenShot20140221at4.19.55PM.png | Posted 04.18.2014 | Impact

By J.K. Nickell, NationSwell There’s a story that Judge Royal Furgeson likes to tell, about a young boy whose brother was killed in an accident w...

The Surprising Word That Doesn't Translate Into Other Languages

Michael Wood | Posted 06.17.2014 | Books
Michael Wood

The words and phrases that resist translation are often the difficult ones, visibly sedimented with history and shifting meanings. But one of the many...

Unprisoning Our Children

Sheila A. Bedi | Posted 06.16.2014 | Black Voices
Sheila A. Bedi

What will happen 30 years from now when the litigation my colleagues and I devoted ourselves to has faded from collective memory? Despite reforms, this place remains a prison for children.

Holy Week: Journeying Into the Risk of Faith

Scott MacDougall | Posted 06.14.2014 | Religion
Scott MacDougall

We are empowered to suffer through the pain of our spiritual doubts, or our self-hatred, or our deep-seated anger, and carry on despite it.

It's OK To Flash Your Lights When You See A Speed Trap

AP | JEFF BARNARD | Posted 04.11.2014 | Crime

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Hauling a truckload of logs to a Southern Oregon mill last fall, Chris Hill noticed a sheriff's deputy behind him and flash...

Video: Watch How Florida Prosecutes Children as Adults

Human Rights Watch | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Human Rights Watch

The US Supreme Court, in a series of four recent cases, has underscored what every parent knows -- that children are developmentally less mature, and more capable of rehabilitation.

Faith Leaders Are Standing With Workers to Confront Economic Injustice

Camille Rivera | Posted 06.07.2014 | New York
Camille Rivera

Faith leaders understand that grave economic injustices can no longer be allowed to continue, because they tear apart the fabric of our society.

A God Who Hates Bribes: A Religious Response to the McCutcheon Ruling

Rabbi Michael Knopf | Posted 06.04.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Knopf

The impact of this phenomenon on politics and on our society is the same as bribery's. To argue otherwise reflects either a profound naïveté or the total divorcement of law from real life.

Unsung Heroes of Obamacare's Enrollment Surge

Martha Bergmark | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Martha Bergmark

As this year's enrollment period comes to a close, attention will now turn to the law's impact on health care delivery. But it's worth pausing to take stock of the forces that helped turn enrollment numbers around and expand access to affordable care. They deserve some recognition.

Five Spiritual Mysteries: #1 Is Karma Fair? (Part 2)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 06.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Even at a time when religion is declining in the West, most people remember the Biblical saying "As you sow, so shall you reap." They cling to a belie...

The Promise of Redistribution

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

The ancient promise of a just society is a command that should ache in our hearts as we gaze upon the effects of our own political indifference. Turning away is the very worst kind of redistribution: a callous misallocation of the human capacity to do the right thing.

Don't Buy Chevron's Big Lie!

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 03.27.2014 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Chevron can spend untold millions touting this verdict but do not buy it -- and don't let anyone else buy it either.

5 Spiritual Mysteries: #1 Is Karma Fair?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

If you want to save the Law of Karma in a serious way, one that makes a difference to how people live their lives, there are a few genuine alternatives that should be considered.

With Archbishop Tutu in Cape Town

John Dear | Posted 05.23.2014 | World
John Dear

That night, on our flight back to the States, we were still high from the liturgy, the preaching, and the singing. But for me, it was the visit with Archbishop Desmond Tutu that touched me most.

For Healthy Births and Happy Birthdays, Get Covered and Trust Women

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

If I didn't have the experience as an attorney and the confidence of an advocate, my path -- our daughter's path -- might well have been different.

Abdul Hafiz Mansoor: 'I Assure You the Taliban Will Never Return'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"A major problem is the conservative interpretation of women's status in religion, which views women as a second, inferior sex. Women's presence in society is another challenge. The prevailing norms still see women's employment outside of the home as a shameful thing. On this view, women's work indicates a lack of honor for men."

Suraya Popal: 'They Stole His Sister, Not His Car'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The underground mines that have been discovered in Afghanistan bring hope to all Afghans for a prosperous future. I hope that those mines will be operated effectively in accordance with international law in order to guarantee the economic future of the people of Afghanistan."

Abdul Qayyum Sajjadi: 'It Is Difficult to Leave the Tribal, Misogynist and Monopolist Approach Behind'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Like most other Afghans, I am afraid of a return to the past, to that tension-fueled political, social and religious environment. For now, the positive cooperation between Afghanistan and the international community is keeping that at bay. But if this cooperation ends, we cannot rule out the possibility of returning to the dark days of the past."