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50 Years Of Progress Cannot Be Scaled Back: It's Time To Restore The Voting Rights Act

Janet Murguía | Posted 08.06.2015 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

Through these five decades, the VRA has remained a valuable and relevant tool because despite substantial progress in civil rights, our work is not yet done. On several fronts, Latinos continue to be the target of efforts to limit participation in the voting booth.

U.S. Supreme Court Reaffirms Stance on Death Penalty

Adam Banner | Posted 06.30.2015 | Crime
Adam Banner

Let's be honest. Whether or not the death penalty, as a whole, is constitutional was never at issue in this case. The question regarding necessary standards and uniformity in the method for executing inmates, however, was in full display.

10 Days That Shook the Regressive World

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

It has been a bad couple of weeks for regressives (the accurate term for "conservatives"). The 10-day period from June 18 to June 26 has been such a disastrous time for regressives that it may be looked back upon as the time when it became clear that history has passed by the "Conservative Movement" and left it untenable.

Janson Wu Talks U.S. Supreme Court Gay Marriage Case and LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 05.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse are two amazing women. They are both nurses and the mothers of four children they fostered and adopted. They are devoted to each other, to their kids and they should be able to marry.

From Selma to Ferguson: How Far? Not Far Enough

James Meyerson | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
James Meyerson

It was for a jury of citizens, in a public trail, to judge whether Officer Wilson's justification defense was trustworthy and viable; and ultimately for a jury of citizens to render final judgment about whether Wilson should be held accountable for the death of Michael Brown.

Elite Group Of Lawyers Receive Unprecedented Advantage At Supreme Court

Reuters | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics

Part 1: A cadre of well-connected attorneys has honed the art of getting the Supreme Court to take up cases - and business is capitalizing on their ex...

Debtor's Prisons in Kentucky and Other Horrors of the Justice System

Don McNay | Posted 12.13.2014 | Crime
Don McNay

What is going on in Kentucky is apparently going on in various pockets of the nation. It has to stop because it is wrong. It also has to stop unless the rulings of the Supreme Court mean nothing to people charged with upholding them.

Justices Silent Over Execution Drug Secrecy

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — No one on the Supreme Court objected publicly when the justices voted to let Arizona proceed with the execution of Joseph Wood, wh...

Marriage Equality, But What About Divorce?

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 09.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

I was with my wife for nearly 10 years before we were married the first time, we had two kids, and I never considered a prenuptial agreement, because I thought it would be forever.

Affirmative Action and My Attachment to the Rainbow

Emily Dievendorf | Posted 06.22.2014 | Detroit
Emily Dievendorf

Affirmative action has helped to provide the diversity that provided truth, even if not perfectly. Until we had a more perfect route to telling the truth of who we are and who we could be as a nation we needed to have something else in place.

No Equitable Tolling in Hague Abduction Convention

Margaret Ryznar | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Margaret Ryznar

There are several exceptions to this near-automatic return of a child to her country of habitual residence.

Ginsburg Isn't Going Anywhere

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will serve the court until her body slows and her mind quits, she said in an interview with Public Radio Int...

How The DOMA Decision Affects Divorcing LGBT Couples

Frederick Hertz | Posted 09.16.2013 | Divorce
Frederick Hertz

The recent rulings by the United States Supreme Court on same-sex marriage have generated a fair amount of comment, by lawyers, gay activists, and social commentators. Ironic as it may seem, some of the greatest impact of these decisions will emerge in the parallel universe of marriage, i.e. divorce.

Now We Are Stealing American Spouses Too

Prerna Lal | Posted 08.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Prerna Lal

The Supreme Court's decision to strike down Section 3 of DOMA as unconstitutional comes as a boon for so many same-sex, bi-national couples similarly situated, who have been separated and borne the brunt of discriminatory immigration laws for far too long.

Hope Will Never Be Silent

Shane Bitney Crone | Posted 08.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Shane Bitney Crone

I remain hopeful that further progressive change is not far beyond our reach. Let us celebrate today but continue to fight for a brighter tomorrow. Do not lose sight of the struggles for equality and justice that persist. We will bring light to places still living in fear, hate, and ignorance.

Gay Rights Spotlight Shifts Back To Obama

Reuters | Posted 06.14.2013 | Politics

(Repeats with no changes to text) * Activists want executive order on federal contracts * White House prefers push for l...

Forgetting the Supreme Court: A Safari Through Kenya

Lisa McElroy | Posted 05.27.2013 | Travel
Lisa McElroy

It was the first time in many years that I had failed to be on my computer at the very moment that a major Court event had occurred. The students and professors and bloggers and journalists with whom I worked had been worried about me. Why wasn't I online? Because, I was in Kenya.

Alito Takes On Critics

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 01.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is defending the court's 2010 decision in the Citizens United case that helped fuel hundreds of ...

Another Supreme Court Term Kicks Off Monday

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 11.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — When last we saw the chief justice of the United States on the bench, John Roberts was joining with the Supreme Court's liberals in...

High Stakes For Those With HIV As Supreme Court Considers Health Care Law

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 06.25.2012 | Politics

NEW YORK — For many HIV-positive Americans, and those who advocate on their behalf, these are days of anxious waiting as the Supreme Court ponde...

Mike Sacks

Arizona's Controversial Immigration Law Arriving At Supreme Court This Week | Mike Sacks | Posted 04.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the federal government's challenge to the Grand Canyon state's contro...

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court OKs Suspicionless Strip Searches For New Jail Inmates | Mike Sacks | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday decided that jails may perform suspicionless strip searches on new inmates regardless of the gravity of thei...

Congress Gets Rough Treatment At Supreme Court

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 05.31.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court left little doubt during last week's marathon arguments over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul that i...

WATCH: Supreme Court Health Reform Case Questions -- And Answers

Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics

Legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act finally come to the Supreme Court on Monday, when the public will learn for the first time what the justic...

Mike Sacks

WATCH: What Happens To Health Care Loser In Supreme Court? | Mike Sacks | Posted 03.22.2012 | Politics

Supporters and opponents of the Affordable Care Act have spent more than two years battling in federal courts and for public opinion over the constitu...