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We All Live in Clint Eastwood's America

Allison Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Silver

The Bush administration, as events rolled out over the last eight years, has regularly said, "Who could have seen this coming?" Well, for one, Clint Eastwood did.

Conservative Lawyers Defend Holder (and the Unitary Executive)

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

The letter in defense of Eric Holder is a classic articulation of the idea that the President is a unitary executive. It also happens to be essentially right.

Could Gitmo Get Worse? The Policy Implications of Executive Accountability

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

If we can't attain a national consensus against surveillance trampling the rights of every American, what hope exists of a progressive consensus emerging on torture or detention?

No Choice But to Prosecute Cheney, for the Good of the Country

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

With his admission on television to having authorized waterboarding, Dick Cheney will not be able to travel outside the United States without fearing arrest as a war criminal.

Marching Toward Justice on the 217th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

When our nation's founders ratified the Bill of Rights 217 years ago today, they knew that justice could not be served in secret, and that punishment doled out in the shadows inexorably leads to illegitimacy.

The Rule of Law Should Be Obama's Top Priority

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

The beginning point for fixing all our problems is to restore the United States Constitution, legal system and rules and regulations. They were there for a reason. They are what made us American.

Peaceful Revolution: On Human Rights Day, Dare to Lead

John Kirk Boyd | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Kirk Boyd

The 2048 Project provides a process by which individuals, organizations and governments developing the "rule of law" can focus together and draft an optimal international framework.

Moderate Republicans Unhappy With Party's New Principles

Chuck Lasker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Chuck Lasker

The Republican Party is a ghost of its original self. It's no wonder reasonable, tolerant, progressive Republicans are jumping ship, while new recruits to the Party are diminishing.

Let's Cut W. a Little Slack!

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Fisher

Since 9/11, the government has shut down dozens of charitable groups, but only three have ever been charged and brought to trial for supporting terrorist causes. None has been convicted.

Who is Barack Obama? Atticus Finch.

Erik Lundegaard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Erik Lundegaard

So who does Barack remind me of? He's a civil rights lawyer who taught Constitutional law and is bringing up two girls the right way. When bullies gather, he stands up for what's right, he stands up for the rule of law, he stands up.

Free (If Not Entirely Fair) Elections In Cambodia

Jennifer Winstanley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Winstanley

Cambodia held its fourth parliamentary election on July 27th, 2008. As predicted Hun Sen's ruling Cambodia People's Party (CPP) came out on top with a...

8.8.08: A Day of Olympic Proportions for Burma

Jerri Chou | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jerri Chou

8.8.08 marks the 20th anniversary of the 8,888 student massacre in Burma, the largest protest against the military junta to date, making it a solemn and emotional tandem to the Olympic games.

Bush v. Gore Rears Its Head: The Triumph of Politics Over Law (Part II)

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

Despite the changing winds of politics, the expansion of the voting franchise has been one of our most consistent trends since the birth of the Republic.

Bush v. Gore Rears Its Head: The Politicization of Voting Rights (Part I)

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

Today, as the nation prepares to rid itself of the presidential yoke imposed seven years ago by the Supreme Court, the Court continues to engage in partisan judicial activism.

Can It Gitmo Bad Than This?

Gabor Rona | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gabor Rona

In the surreal world of Guantanamo's military commissions, the government spares no expense and effort to control every movement in order to mimic, but avoid true operation of, the rule of law.

Opponents of Retroactive Immunity Live To Fight Another Day

Chris Dodd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Dodd

Retroactive immunity sends this message: "Trust me" -- a message coming straight from the mouth of President Bush. I would never take "trust me" for an answer, not even from a president on Mount Rushmore.

A Modest Proposal for the 21st Century

Marci Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marci Hamilton

About 20% of boys, and 25% of girls, are sexually abused in the United States. If we were to ignore our age of consent laws, we could reduce those numbers dramatically. And why stop with the laws governing sex?

Subsidizing Corporate Crime and Rewarding Constitutional Abuses

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

Controversial government programs are theoretically restrained by checks and balances, but neither Congress nor the courts have a way to check a secret program.