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Paul Ryan's Dream Crushed

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Ryan's dream now lies in tatters. It has become something of a nightmare, really. In fact, Ryan has had no more success in getting his caucus to agree on anything than John Boehner managed.

Time For 'Good Trouble' Inside And Outside Congress

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The time for silence and patience is long gone. Congressmen Lewis and his colleagues have vowed to keep going with their fight as soon as the House returns from its July 4th recess. We must stand with them as they continue to get into "good trouble."

Senate Stalls Last Standing Gun Bill

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate did not kill the last standing gun reform bill still under serious discussion on Capitol Hill Thursday, but at best left it o...

No-Fly, No Buy: Orlando, Senate Expand State of Terror

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

By linking issues of gun control to the vague notions of "terrorism" and "reasonable suspicion", Democrats and Republicans have demonstrated that they are willing to accept the status quo of labeling thousands of Americans as "suspected terrorists."

The FBI 'Missed' Orlando Shooter Omar Mateen. What Should We Do?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

If I had to choose one phrase to sum up America's efforts against terrorism since 9/11, it would be that lay definition of mental illness, doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.

Clinton Campaign: GOP Gun Bill Is A Trump And NRA Smokescreen

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.27.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After welcoming Donald Trump to the cause of gun control, Hillary Clinton and her campaign want to make sure the notoriously slippery GO...

Guns, Terrorists, And The Constitution

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If America does have a consensus that we're all basically OK with the concept of governmental blacklists, and that we further approve of curtailing constitutional rights for people on such lists, then it should be relatively easy to get the necessary votes in Congress and the statehouses.

Democrats Troll Donald Trump And Republicans On Gun Control

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wearing rainbow ribbons, House Democrats organized a press conference for the second day in a row to talk about gun safety in the wake o...

Hillary Clinton Welcomes Donald Trump To The Cause Of Gun Control

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics

Amid a push to tighten gun laws in America following the gruesome slaughter in Orlando this past weekend, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of...

Donald Trump Sides With Democrats Over NRA In Gun Ban Debate

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday he will meet with the National Rifle Association about not allowing people ...

Governor Defends No-Fly List Gun Ban

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) defended his pledge to sign an executive order preventing people on terrorism watch lists from buying guns Friday. ...

Refusing to sell guns to people on the no-fly list

Joseph B. Kadane | Posted 12.09.2016 | Politics
Joseph B. Kadane

In the wake of the San Bernardino killings, the suggestion has been made to deny gun purchases to those on the no-fly list. While this makes some sens...

Connecticut Governor To Block People On Watch Lists From Buying Guns

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) announced Thursday he intends to sign a "common sense" executive order prohibiting individuals on government watch ...

Rubio Questions Legitimacy Of Terror Watch Lists

The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 12.06.2015 | Politics

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Sunday that federal databases meant to track potential terrorists are riddled with inaccuracies, as the Republican pres...

Should People on the No Fly List Be Allowed to Buy a Rifle?

Paul Heroux | Posted 12.03.2016 | Politics
Paul Heroux

I am not concerned about who is or isn't on the no fly list; lists can and are often wrong. But I do want to keep guns out of the hands of people who will abuse them. I'm not sure if a list created from unknown methods that has proven to be wrong on many occasions is a good way to achieve that.

How the National Security State Becomes Us

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.21.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Microscopic act by microscopic act, whoever we are, whatever we think we think, we can't help but absorb the limits, the directives, the intentions that our ascendant national security state wants to impose on us.

The No-Fly Follies

Rebecca Gordon | Posted 09.20.2016 | Politics
Rebecca Gordon

At the check-in line at San Francisco International Airport, we handed over our driver's licenses and waited for the airline ticket agent to find our flight and reservation. Suddenly, she got a funny look on her face. "There's something wrong with the computer," she said. "I need to talk to my supervisor."

Can the US Seize Would-Be Jihadis' Passports?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The idea of limiting an American citizen's travel proactively, on the assumption that she or he will end up fighting with ISIS based on documents or web postings, scrapes at liberty, even if the tools are there and it is legal to use them.

Friday Talking Points -- Prelude To Silly Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Paul Ryan is attempting to address poverty, once again. What he's really doing is trolling the media to write "compassionate conservative" columns about him (which, so far, doesn't seem to be working very well), to bolster his chances to get the Republican presidential nomination.

7 Ways That You (Yes, You) Could End Up On A Terrorist Watch List

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics

Are you *sure* it couldn't happen to you?

Ryan Grim

Here's Why You're On The No-Fly List | Ryan Grim | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Intercept on Wednesday published the U.S. government's 166-page rulebook that guides the creation of its famous internal "terrorist ...

Federal Judge Rules No-Fly List Is Unconstitutional

Reuters | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics

By Dan Whitcomb June 24 (Reuters) - The U.S. government's no-fly list banning people accused of links to terrorism from commercial fl...

Ashley Alman

Lawsuit Accuses FBI Of Using No-Fly List To Get American Muslims To Become Informants | Ashley Alman | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics

A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses the FBI of using the no-fly list to coerce American Muslims into becoming law enforcement informants. Four ...

The Perversity of Profiling

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

The Justice Department is considering revised racial profiling guidance that, if issued, could set back race relations and basic fairness in this country. We hope that it does not make that mistake.

How Many Watch Lists Fit on the Head of a Pin?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Despite years of effort by the DOJ, Rahinah Ibrahim won her lawsuit. However, in our evolving post-Constitutional era, what that "victory" revealed should unnerve those who claim that if they are innocent, they have nothing to fear.