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Thanks to Operation Gatekeeper, Death Toll Increases to Over 5,000

Mary Ann West | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mary Ann West

Fifteen years of failed immigration policy has not lessened the number of undocumented aliens entering the country and has cost millions in dollars.

Blake Benson Reaches Settlement After Being Arrested For Wearing "Nobama" Sticker To Michelle Obama Event

Denver Post | Howard Pankratz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

A Dakota Ridge High School student who wore a "Nobama" sticker taped across the front of his T-shirt prior to an appearance by Michelle Obama will rec...

City of San Diego Attacks the Symptoms of Poverty

Justin Hudnall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Justin Hudnall

City workers and police officers then immediately descended on the homeless people's possessions, tossing everything into an attending garbage truck and compactor, crushing everything.

Howard Thompson Jr. Wins Right To Preach In Prison Inmate wins appeal of NJ ban on prison preaching

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

TRENTON, N.J. — A New Jersey prisoner has won a settlement that allows him to preach at services inside the prison. Howard Thompson Jr. is an i...

Expanding Opportunity And Hope For Children In America

Nahal Zamani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nahal Zamani

Friday, November 20, marked the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most comprehensive treaty on children's rights.

William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe

Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler

At home, Dad spoke of the racism he saw every day in the courtroom. Civil rights leaders, he told us, where only honored when they were safely dead.

Congress To Keep Detainee Abuse Photos Hidden

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Congress is set to allow the Pentagon to keep new pictures of foreign detainees abused by their U.S. captors from the public, a mov...

Churches Have No License to Harm Our State

Leah Anthony Libresco | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leah Anthony Libresco

If we distort the framework of nondiscrimination for religious organizations it privileges prejudice. We would, in the name of separating church and state, give the church license to harm our state.

Supreme Court Bans Videotaping to Protect Prop 8 Supporters

Matt Coles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Coles

One of the really great things about this trial was the Judge’s insistence that the supporters of Prop 8 would have to prove their claims that marriage for same-sex couples would somehow hurt society.

Presenting the 2009 Ebenezer Award

Ken Blackwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

There are many models for accommodating a diversity of faiths in the public square, and excluding it altogether is among the worst.

Former Guantanamo Prosecutor Loses Job for Criticizing Military Commissions

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

orris Davis, the retired Air Force Colonel who served as the Chief Prosecutor of the Military Commissions at Guantánamo until 2007, has just lost his job for writing an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal.

Right and Left Join to Take On Criminal Justice System

New York Times | ADAM LIPTAK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the next several months, the Supreme Court will decide at least a half-dozen cases about the rights of people accused of crimes invol...

How My Lawsuit Against the TSA Made Airports Safe For the Constitution Again

Steve Bierfeldt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Bierfeldt

As a result of my just-dropped case against the TSA, passengers will no longer be forced to check their constitutional rights at the airport counter, and that is a victory for all.

Thirsting for Justice

Deborah Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deborah Jacobs

Since August, Newark turned off nearly 600 water accounts in an attempt to collect $29 million in unpaid bills. Newark's desire to collect this debt is entirely understandable, but unpaid bills do not trump human rights or public health.

Republican Leaders Join In Honoring New Rotunda Statue Of Radical Socialist Woman

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A woman whose name we all know was a proud Red, a committed Socialist, and an unapologetic Wobbly. And now she's not only buried in the National Cathedral, she's got her own statue in the Capitol.

Lydia Guzman, Immigration Advocate, Uses Text Messages To Warn Of Arpaio Crime Sweeps

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PHOENIX — An advocate for immigrant and civil rights has started using text messages to warn residents about crime sweeps by a high-profile Ariz...

Julian Hattem

ACLU Criticizes Obama Torture-Prosecution Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Julian Hattem | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On the same day that President Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, the nation's foremost civil liberties group criticized his administration's refus...

Supreme Court Rules Against ACLU In Case Of Detainee Abuse Photos

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has thrown out an appeals court ruling ordering the disclosure of photographs of detainees being abused by their ...

Robert Gates Bars Release Of Torture Photos

Mother Jones | Nick Baumann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has used powers granted to him by a controversial new law to block the court-ordered release of numerous photos of deta...

Human Rights Watch Should Not Be Criticized for Doing Its Job

Aryeh Neier | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aryeh Neier

Human Rights Watch has an immense amount of experience in all parts of the world in fact-gathering and getting the story right. That is why its reporting matters.

Justice Scalia's Cross

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Justice Scalia takes umbrage at the suggestion that an eight-foot-high Christian cross, erected as a memorial to soldiers killed in military service, violates the First Amendment's Establishment Clause.

A Decision Whose Time Has Come: Constitution Protects Women in Prison From Unsafe Shackling During Labor And Delivery

Reproductive Justice | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reproductive Justice

Last week, in a historic ruling, a federal Court of Appeals held that the U.S. Constitution protects pregnant women in prison from the inhumane practice of shackling during labor.

Cynthia Nixon Fights for Florida Families

Charles Perez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Perez

"This is about all the families that never were and all the families that still can be," said actress Cynthia Nixon, along with the ACLU, launched a three year campaign to reverse Florida's ban on gay adoption.

Police Taser Rules: Federal Appeals Court Issues Ruling On Use Of Tasers

McClatchy | Hudson Sangree and Kim Minugh | Sacramento Bee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A federal appeals court on Monday issued one of the most comprehensive rulings yet limiting police use of Tasers against low-level offenders who seem ...

Morris Davis, Top Congressional Researcher On Afghanistan Fired

newsweek.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The top congressional official who oversees research on foreign policy and defense issues, including the war in Afghanistan, has been fired from his j...