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5 Things to Look for in the Same-Sex Marriage Arguments

Adam Winkler | Posted 04.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Adam Winkler

During oral argument, the justices aren't interested in educating the citizenry. The questions and comments fly quickly -- and usually right over most people's heads. To help out, here are five things to look for in Tuesday's oral argument.

Confederate History Month: An Embarrassing Abomination

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Virginia all participate in this misguided paean to a troubling past. No, this is not the continuation of some long-standing tradition, but amazingly a creature of modern politics starting in 1994.

Show-Me State Women

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 04.21.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

My recent trip to Missouri made me curious about women who changed America with ties to Missouri, so I went looking. Their contributions are varied and fascinating.

Congress' Charade With the Iran Nuclear Agreement

Ivan Eland | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Ivan Eland

Obama's acquiescence to Congress' charade of relevancy reminds me of the Roman Empire, where emperors continued to pay due respect to the Senate, long emasculated from its glory days during the Roman Republic, but where everyone knew who was really running things.

Restoring Honor to Public Service

Terry Newell | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

When George Washington took the oath as president, public service was an honored obligation. Today, most Americans associate honor with military service but tend to view those who enter civil service as "feds," "bureaucrats," and a necessary evil.

Natural Born Mockery

Allen Schmertzler | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
Allen Schmertzler

With the same evangelical fairness he professes, we need to kindly accept and welcome Mr. Ted Cruz into the great American Presidential Circus by holding him to his mockery and honestly fire back at him every bit of his hatred.

Texas License Plates and the Confederate Flag

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

It seems clear that Texas cannot constitutionally forbid the display of the Confederate flag on a license plate because others might find it "offensive or disagreeable." But it is not so simple. Is the government discriminating among private speakers, or is it expressing only the messages it wishes to convey?

Republicans' Letter to Iran Violates at Least the Spirit of the Constitution

Ivan Eland | Posted 03.20.2015 | World
Ivan Eland

Because the Senate does have the chance to vote down a treaty after the pact is signed, the nation's founders certainly did not intend for Senators to try to sabotage ongoing negotiations.

Wolf at the Door: Antonin Scalia and the Legal Conservative Movement

Peter Schwartz | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Peter Schwartz

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia once remarked in a dissent that many dangers visit the Court in sheep's clothing, "but this wolf comes as a wolf....

Courageous New York Prosecutor Continues Long Anti-Corruption Tradition as Top N.Y. Pol Is Indicted

Frank Vogl | Posted 03.25.2015 | Crime
Frank Vogl

The United States has a long, possibly unique, tradition of fearlessly prosecuting top politicians for corruption. The latest to be caught in the graft net is Sheldon Silver.

Professor: Who Needs Judges? Let's Put Our Constitutional Rights to a Vote

Evan Bernick | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

If we seek to restore the rule of law established by the Constitution, we need judges to consistently hold the political branches accountable to itv-- not leave our rights to be voted up or down.

Six Thoughts on Guns and Freedom

Peter Schwartz | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
Peter Schwartz

With the NRA now publicizing its 2015 annual meeting in Nashville, it seems like a good time to revisit last year's frenzied, speaking-in-tongues tent revival, along with some of the ideas on the relationship between guns and freedom prompted by NRA nuttiness.

The Case for 'American' American History

Louise Mirrer | Posted 04.19.2015 | Education
Louise Mirrer

We must make sure that Americans honor their differences, but also know that they have a shared history -- a history that is the indispensable basis for an inclusive, tolerant society.

Is Federalism Practical Today?

Kevin Price | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Kevin Price

"Restoring the Constitution" is a phrase that is catching on with people as the influence of the tea party has grown. So is "federalism," as people lament a national government that seems to have become out of control and is spiraling our nation into a downfall.

Jesse Rifkin

Advocates See 2015 As Year Of The Balanced Budget Amendment

HuffingtonPost.com | Jesse Rifkin | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Supporters of a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution believe they are in the position to win over enough state legislature...

One Man's Pastry Is Another Man's Poison

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 03.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

However foolish, corrupt, or hypocritical, you are free to pray as you like so long as you leave me out of it. Alas, godly zealots of every stripe reject that bargain. So we battle on.

Learning Nothing from Paris

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 03.21.2015 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

There are certain things you don't get to do because there's no valid reason for doing them, and they could cause immense harm to others. Is there any reason we cannot add to that list that no one gets to go to a country where terrorists are at war with the U.S.?

New Arizona Law Requires Students To Pass Civics Test

AP | BOB CHRISTIE | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona became the first state in the nation on Thursday to enact a law requiring high school students to pass the U.S. citizenship t...

We Need Free Speech Because We Are Ignorant

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

We are all ignorant; none of us have all the answers. That fact is not only a strong argument in favor of free speech and against those who would suppress it -- it is a spur toward greater wisdom.

South Carolina Belles

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 03.07.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

In this blog, we'll learn about the contributions to our culture and economy from women with ties to South Carolina. Match the woman with her accomplishment.

Four Times Federal Judges Kept the Government Honest in 2014

Evan Bernick | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

The federal judiciary has allowed government at all levels to devour the Constitution for so long that we are essentially stuck with leftovers. But this year, federal courts of appeal vigilantly guarded those remaining morsels in four important cases.

Rand Paul Is Demanding a Real Debate About Going to War: We Should All Pay Attention

David Paul | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
David Paul

This is a fight for the hearts and minds of Sunni Islam, in the region and worldwide. It is a fight that Muslims must lead, that Muslims must win.

Revisiting the Fabric of American Empire

Alex Cacioppo | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Alex Cacioppo

From the very beginning, the fabric of this country was woven with the threads of fear and division. In creating "a more perfect Union," as the preamble reads, we Americans still have a long way to go. The end of the path is not yet in sight.

How We Are Clicking Away Our Constitutional Rights

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
Burke E. Strunsky

You may assume that some evidence of lawlessness is a prerequisite for a government official getting ahold of a gift-wrapped package containing the digital "you," but the reality is that the law is not there yet.

An Open Letter of Apology to the United States of America

Brian Joyce | Posted 01.25.2015 | Media
Brian Joyce

The media was wrong, and the White House was right. Still, many of us in the media won't admit it. Therefore, I'd like to apologize to you. We should probably make a better effort to understand policy, before we attempt to comment on it. And we should probably also admit, once and for all, that the President was born in America.