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The Legal Importance of the Iowa Marriage Decision

Matt Coles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Coles

It took guts for the Iowa court to say what virtually no other government official has been willing to admit: that religion has driven much of the debate on gay marriage.

Rewind: Looking Back in Harsh Economic Times

Stephanie Gertler | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Gertler

What did my generation do? I see all this anger and sorrow in the neighborhood. I can't help but stare.

US Immigration Law Used To Censor Foreign Scholars: ACLU

Inter Press Service | William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A leading legal rights group charged Tuesday that the Barack Obama Justice Department is using immigration law to censor debate by selectively barri...

Religious Groups Assume The Victims' Role

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael B. Laskoff

A bill is pending in the New York State Legislature to temporarily lift the statute of limitations on lawsuits alleging sexual abuse of children.

The Ugly Side of Progressive Politics

Justin Callaway | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Justin Callaway

I used to joke helplessly that I'd be better off working for less in a menial retail job with good benefits once you weigh my hourly rate with the high out-of-pocket cost of my lack of benefits.

CIA Tapes Mystery Will Have a Very Long Run

Jeff Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Stein

Don't expect the CIA to turn over the family jewels on its interrogation videotapes to the American Civil Liberties Union, just because it lost a legal round this week.

Fidelity for Gay Marriage? Ask Ken Starr and Bill Clinton

Rick Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Jacobs

Is Prop 8, which passed by a slim majority in November, an amendment to the constitution or is it a revision?

DOD Gitmo Statements At Odds With Obama Administration

Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Here's a key question: Will the existence of Bush-era holdovers in the Defense Department impede the Obama administration's vow to make a clean break ...

Reconciling Senator Leahy's Independent Commission Proposal

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

The idea of truth in government may seem naïve -- especially after President Bush's legacy of secrecy -- but it's an idea we should never lose sight of and should never stop striving for.

Obama May Release Torture Documents Exposing Bush Administration Lawbreaking

Washington Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This week, the Obama administration will face its second significant courtroom test of the president's pledges to end unwarranted secrecy about the wo...

Obama's State Secrets Slipup Means We Need to Be Louder

Leah Anthony Libresco | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leah Anthony Libresco

No politician is good enough to be trusted to act justly without constant lobbying and pressure from activists nationwide.

Strange Bedfellows at Guantánamo

Jamil Dakwar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamil Dakwar

I've been observing the military commissions since 2004, and Guantánamo never felt more surreal or otherworldly than it did in what we hope were its ...

Obama Hires Another Lawyer Who Battled Bush's Secrecy

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

To my mind, one of the more interesting storylines unfolding right now is President Obama's ongoing appointment to the Office of Legal Counsel of lawy...

ACLU To Obama: Release Secret Bush Memos

Raw Story | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is calling on the Justice Department to release Bush administration documentation pertaining to torture, sur...

Bush, Our Ex-Boyfriend

Cristina Page | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cristina Page

Bush is the ex-boyfriend we've finally gotten out of our life only to discover he left an unpleasant souvenir, like an STD. A particularly nasty strain too, in the form of new HHS regulations.

Ryan Grim

ACLU Lays Off A Tenth Of Workforce | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The American Civil Liberties Union, impacted by the unfolding economic crisis, laid off ten percent of its national workforce this week. Thirty-six st...

Ding-Dong, COPA is Dead!

Theresa Darklady Reed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Theresa Darklady Reed

After struggling to thrive for 13 agonizing years, the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) was allowed to die quietly today. As expected, the nation's conservatives see this as a betrayal.

What Was the ACLU's Anthony Romero So Excited About on the Colbert Report?

ZP Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
ZP Heller

Less than a week after Obama was elected, the ACLU launched its grassroots drive to Close Guantanamo and End Military Commissions, urging him to make good on his campaign promise.

The Bush Legacy: Normalizing the Outrageous

Leslie Weise | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leslie Weise

When I attended a 2008 hearing for the free speech lawsuit in which I'm involved, I was struck by the defendants' arguments, being made on behalf of government officials, as eerily un-American.

Obama on Torture: Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

This answer tracks the language of many torture apologists (and advocates) in Washington, who posit a choice between protecting the country today and second-guessing the past.

Ask Obama For a Torture Special Prosecutor

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

The Obama transition team is taking questions again at -- while the press has fixated on the Blagojevich scandal, the allegations of torture by officials in the current administration receive scant attention.

From Guantanamo to Accountability and Beyond

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

President-elect Obama made known his intention to close the Guantanamo detention facility. The projected closure raises a plethora of issues.

Auto bill clears House; Should it pass the Senate, too?

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

And now, it's on to the Senate! The House today passed, 237 to 170, HR 7321, the automotive loan bailout bill, and has sent it on to the Senate. H...

An Insider's View Of Gitmo This Week

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

I just stepped off an airplane from Gitmo last night and thought it would be a good time to offer an insider's take on what really happened down there this week.

What President-Elect Obama Must Do Once He Closes Gitmo

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

2008-12-09-greenwaldvid.jpgWatch the testimonies from those who have prosecuted and defended the Guantanamo prisoners, and see why we cannot continue to deprive them of their fundamental rights.