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Obama the Visionless: Flogging the Four Horsemen of the Bureaucracy

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anis Shivani

We are stuck with the checklist president -- the to-do-list president, the carry-over president, the regulation president -- when what we needed was a vision president.

Why My Friend Got Arrested During the G20 Summit

Doug Sarro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Doug Sarro

What made these police officers -- people we assume are in their ordinary lives and work generally rational people -- take leave of their senses and arrest people like Mark Donald?

Supreme Court Hearings Remind Us of What's at Stake

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

The Kagan hearings, or any Supreme Court hearings for that matter, are part of the war to win over the hearts and minds of America, to determine what kind of country we want this to become.

What In The Sam Hill Is Wrong With Arizona?

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

I don't know what it is exactly about Arizona, but I do know that the state needs to be boycotted like a Montgomery bus. That state must realize that you cannot treat any group of people as lesser than the rest, nor can you disrespect the country's largest minority group and expect to emerge unscathed.

In Refusing to Hear My Case, The Supreme Court Has Put the World's Peace and Order in Danger

Maher Arar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Maher Arar

Last week the Supreme Court refused to hear my case. This eliminates any remaining hope for me of obtaining justice through the U.S. judicial system against US officials who sent me to Syria to be tortured.

Don't Tread on Me (But Feel Free to Tread on My Neighbor)

Mike Larsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Larsen

How is it that Arizona (Arizona!) is cracking down on people who aren't from there? Have you ever been to Arizona? Nobody is from there.

The Arizona of 2010 Is the Alabama of 1963

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The draconian anti-immigrant bill that was signed into law by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is likely to stir the nation as it was against racial segregation in the 1960s.

Why Are Liberals so Angry With President Obama?

Shadi Hamid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shadi Hamid

A new conventional wisdom is emerging: more and more liberals seem to be disillusioned with President Obama when they should actually be grateful, pre...

Obama and the Arizona Immigration Law

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anis Shivani

It's been Obama, far more than Bush, who has successfully implemented the idea at the practical level that local law enforcement is the appropriate agency to enforce immigration laws.

The End of the Israeli Bomb

Avraham Burg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Avraham Burg

The day when Israel will have to replace its nuclear ambiguity has arrived. Israel's own concern, as well as the world's, of a nuclear conflict in the Middle East calls for new thinking, a new vision.

Religious Fundamentalism Should Not Be Affecting Americans' Rights

Fred Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Fred Silberberg

What we don't realize is that we, as a nation, have allowed our own country to be ruled in part by our own domestic religious fundamentalism.

Journos, Press Freedom Activists Decry Lebanon's Draft ICT Law

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Press freedom advocates fear any clampdown would put Lebanon, noted for its open cyberspace, in the same league as other Arab countries that jail and torture bloggers for their dissenting views.

Restoring the Fourth Amendment: How We the People Can Win Over Washington

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

With 2010 finding our government institutions tone deaf and disengaged on addressing our mounting constitutional crises, there have been few riper times for a transpartisan political offensive.

Oklahoma to Sponsor Tea Party Militia?

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

The Tea Party has no right to intimidation and armed violence. The formation of a Tea Party Militia can be construed to serve no purpose other than that.

U.S. Congress and Arizona Deliver One-Two Punch to Immigrants

Jeffrey Kaye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Kaye

By failing to act on immigration reform, Washington is ceding authority to those who have more respect for guns and prisons than for human dignity.

Temple Student Group Placed on Probation for Inviting Me to Speak?

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

A Temple University student group was notified this morning that it was on probation because of me. Apparently Temple just decided I am either so dang...

Secular Law Is Progressive, Constitutionally

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

In selecting a new justice to replace Stevens, all that's necessary is to a capable and honest person to uphold a progressive instrument of governance.

End Policing for Profit

Scott Bullock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Bullock

Civil forfeiture laws were supposed to help fight the war on drugs, by making sure that crime wouldn't pay. But this broken system also sweeps innocent property owners into its net.

Will Smith's Last Pharaoh vs. Egypt's History by Hollywood

Aladdin Elaasar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aladdin Elaasar

Will Smith's upcoming movie sheds light on long forgotten Egyptian history. If you want to know the true story of the Last Pharaoh of Egypt, you'd better pay attention to what's going on in Egypt today and in the near future.

Losing the Country, One Profile at a Time

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anis Shivani

Obama really knows how to take the worst excesses of the Bush administration, put his own liberal-sounding cover on them, and make them more insidious...

A Revolution in the Making?

Aladdin Elaasar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aladdin Elaasar

A sense of frustration, hopelessness and repression seems to be haunting Egyptian youth and the older people as well, struggling to make ends meet. The result has impacted Egyptian society.

Remembering A Divided Nation

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

America is as divided as it has been at any time since the Civil War. The rift is not as obvious as the subjugation of persons based on color. But do not doubt it is about conduct.

SWAT and the Drug War: License to Kill

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

As long as this country remains addicted to current drug laws, the police will have to enforce those laws. But where is it written that they must show up in the dead of night, armed and armored, in order to do so?

Why I Kicked Off My Campaign for Rep. Kennedy's Seat in Front of Bank of America

David Segal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Segal

Who in Washington is telling banks their actions are unacceptable? By starting my campaign right in front of one of the big banks, I wanted to make clear that I will.

Probe Into Destruction Of CIA Interrogation Tapes Is Winding Down

Washington Post | Carrie Johnson and Julie Tate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

An investigation into the destruction of CIA videotapes that depicted harsh interrogations of terrorism suspects appears to be nearing a close, ending...