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The Court Must Defend Torture Victims' Rights

Posted March 3, 2010 | 08:51:02 (EST)

Today, the United States Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case whose outcome will either uphold or nullify the rights of victims of foreign torture, including U.S. soldiers, to sue under American law.

The Court should take this opportunity to reaffirm America's commitment to human rights and its...

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Time to Repeal DOMA

Posted October 27, 2009 | 11:12:58 (EST)

The time has come to repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Enacted 13 years ago when the idea of same sex marriage was struggling for acceptance, the Act is a relic of a more tradition-bound time and culture.

Connecticut, Iowa, and Massachusetts have already passed laws recognizing same...

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The Government Needs to Take the Reins In Job Creation

Posted October 21, 2009 | 10:04:28 (EST)

It is time for the government to take more direct action to stem the tide of joblessness that is hampering the recovery and demolishing the hopes of millions of unemployed workers.

A tax credit to encourage employers to create new jobs or extend hours worked is just the kind of...

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Supporting a Robust Public Option

Posted October 8, 2009 | 10:13:43 (EST)

As debate continues on much needed health care reform, I urge my Senate colleagues to support a robust public option plan. It's important that the President's ideas on the public option be implemented to maintain a level playing field.

The public option will create competition in the marketplace and will...

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Attack the Cyberwalls!: The Internet Is the Pathway to Democracy in Places Like Iran

Posted July 7, 2009 | 14:13:03 (EST)

The Iranian election crisis is being fought in the reaches of cyberspace as well as the streets of Tehran. Those without power or arms are dictating the flow of events -- and to some extent -- strategy through the power of the Internet.

Their weapons include YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and...

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