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Is a Free Education a Fundamental Right?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 07.17.2011 | Education
Sam Chaltain

In today's America, when it comes to public education, have we allowed our five-digit zip codes to become the equivalent of a lottery ticket to a better future? Is this really who we wish to be?

Should Judge in Same-Sex Marriage Case Be Recused?

Adam Winkler | Posted 07.16.2011 | Politics
Adam Winkler

Implicit in Prop. 8 supporters' effort to recuse Judge Walker is the notion that, unlike a gay judge who might benefit from marriage, a heterosexual judge would be impartial. The ironies abound.

Separation of Church and State: PBS Airs Documentary of a Mother's Story

Chris Benson | Posted 07.11.2011 | Chicago
Chris Benson

At a time when it seemed few in Vashti McCollum's conservative Champaign, Illinois community dared to question the connection between patriotism and religion, McCollum hit the "pause button."

Facebook for Patents

John Bridgeland | Posted 07.06.2011 | Technology
John Bridgeland

Social media is literally helping fuel revolutions for democracy, so why not a revolution in the system that protects that mainstay of democracy -- invention.

Update the Constitution

Norman Goldman | Posted 06.18.2011 | Politics
Norman Goldman

While the Constitution continues to chug along as it has for all these years there are some problems so fundamental that a new set of amendments is needed. I do not argue for a new Constitutional Convention, but a refinement for a modern America.

Jon Meacham: Allow U.S. Citizens Not Born In America To Run For President

PBS | Jon Meacham | Posted 06.15.2011 | Politics

Donald Trump made me do it. Those are not words I ever expected to say, but, as Margaret Thatcher once observed, it’s a funny old world. For severa...

Sharia Law Threat: Right-Wing Boogeyman

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics
Andrew Reinbach

Frank Gaffney and his friends can relax: Sneaky Muslims aren't going to impose Sharia Law on the US and take away their bacon cheeseburgers. It's impossible.

Demonstrators and Their Lawyers Protect Our Right to Peaceful Protest

Locke Bowman | Posted 05.29.2011 | Chicago
Locke Bowman

The right to march in the streets is more precious than gold. Whenever those in authority act to undermine "peaceable assembly," everyone's freedom is put at risk.

Educating for Democracy: The 'War on the Poor'

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.28.2011 | Education
Joel Shatzky

Over 45 years after the "War on Poverty", we are faced with a "For the Few Deal" -- what I would call a full-fledged "War on the Poor."

Keep Politics Out of the Health Care Litigation

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

As we mark the one-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, let us remember not to conflate the wisdom of the legislation with its constitutionality.

Into the Darkness: Where Constitutional Illiteracy Is Leading Us

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John W. Whitehead

Children should be prepared to experience the beauty of becoming responsible citizens. This will mean teaching them their rights and urging them to exercise their freedoms to the fullest.

Should Government Be of the People, by the People and for the People?

Robbie Gennet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

In President Abraham Lincoln's famous "Gettysburg Address" in November of 1863, he wound up his short speech by exclaiming that the living be dedicate...

Gene Weingarten Revives America's Civic Religion

Bob McNamara | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob McNamara

In an effort to update and upgrade our national anthem, Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten has penned his own replacement, with music set to th...

I'm Proud of P.J. Crowley

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Astore

For Crowley's burst of principled honesty on Bradley Manning's mistreatment, the Obama administration cashiered him.

Healthcare Opponents' Latest Effort to Circumvent the Constitution: Interstate Compacts

Adam Winkler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Winkler

Republicans who have made such a grand show lately of their allegiance to the Constitution are now seeking to circumvent its requirements in their attempt to repeal the health care law. So much for following the original intent of the Framers.

Freedom of Speech.

Mike Spicer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Spicer

Mike Spicer's Cartoon Blog...

Sarah Palin's Narcissism Feeds Her Constitutional Incompetence

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Palin, who has repeatedly botched the meaning of the First Amendment, had the audacity to school eight of the nine Supreme Court justices, including the very conservative chief justice, on the First Amendment.

Why Obama Is Wrong on DOMA

Adam Winkler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Winkler

Obama has declared that if the president doesn't agree with a law -- even if the courts say it's constitutional -- he can choose not to defend it. This sets a terrible precedent.

How Unions Saved the Constitution

Linda R. Monk, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda R. Monk, J.D.

Make no mistake: What is at risk in Wisconsin is the quality of life American workers have fought -- and died -- for during the past century. Without the sacrifices of union activists, free speech might never have become a reality.

I'd Like to Recall a Congress...

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

I am not a lawyer, but I have read the Constitution. At the end of Article 1, Section 2 of the Constitution the following phase sits: "The House of ...

The Appeal of the Repeal Amendment

Mark Steinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

There are several efforts under way to gut last year's landmark health care legislation. The best known of these is the lawsuit brought by the attorne...

The Proceduralist: A Brief History of Israeli Constitutionalism

Yoav Sivan | Posted 12.07.2011 | World
Yoav Sivan

After an unequivocal experience of the inefficacy of the subsisting Israeli Government, you are called upon to reflect on the 62nd anniversary of the ...

In Wake of Tucson, NRA Advocates Armed Militia Movement

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

We must recognize that the NRA's insurrectionist ideology not only presents a grave threat to precious human life, but also undermines the very purpose of our Constitution.

The Right to Bear Arms for National Defense. Wrong!

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bernard Starr

Last fourth of July, while sitting in the living room of my historic farm house in Lenox, Massachusetts, which was built by Elijah Northrup in 1770 ...

What The Tea Party And Evangelicals Both Get Wrong

Ben Griffith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ben Griffith

The Tea Party is using the Constitution the same way that so many fundamentalist Christians use the Bible. They deny any kind of subjectivity in the reading process.