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Obama's Executive Action Statements More Irresponsible Than Unconstitutional

Tom Mullen | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Tom Mullen

President Obama provided plenty of fodder for conservatives to howl "Dictator!" during his State of the Union address last week. If past experience is any indicator of what the President will actually do, his statements are more irresponsible than unconstitutional.

Constitution Changed: Hillary Clinton Will Automatically Be Elected President in 2016

Spencer Green | Posted 03.31.2014 | Comedy
Spencer Green

The so-called "inevitability" amendment was proposed by Congress and then ratified within 30 minutes by all the states' legislatures, followed by responses of exhaustion and relief.

The Sum of Us All

Lisa Longo | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

We need to remember this, our country was founded by a bunch of rabble-rousing activists who believed that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness were worth dying for. Don't you think it is at least worth a few hours a month of your time?

Why Obama Cares More About the Feelings of Foreign Leaders than Safeguarding Americans' Constitutional Rights

Ivan Eland | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

To overcome bureaucratic vested interests and revitalize U.S. constitutional checks and balances, however, Americans need to get a lot madder than they are about Bush and Obama's violation of sacred rights.

At President Obama's State of the Union, Will All Eyes Be on Hillary?

Alexia Parks | Posted 03.26.2014 | Women
Alexia Parks

Have women grown tired of waiting for a woman to place her hand on the Bible and take the Oath of Office as President of the United States? More importantly, will women be willing to vote a woman into the nation's highest office?

Why We Should Care About the NSA Reforms

Nafees Syed | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Nafees Syed

Given on the Friday before the holiday weekend, Obama's speech on NSA reforms left the limelight pretty quickly. But Americans should be concerned that the reforms might leave us worse off than before, and that some of our key questions on the surveillance remain unanswered.

Earth to Bill Maher: Edward Snowden Isn't the Crazy One

Tom Mullen | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Tom Mullen

For Maher and too many likeminded people, anyone who doesn't view the government as a benevolent force for good is a tinfoil-hat-wearing kook who believes all civilian life is the target of a massive conspiracy.

A Tale of Two Countries: Constitutional Reform in the Middle East

Tom Ginsburg | Posted 03.19.2014 | World
Tom Ginsburg

As Tunisia and Egypt move a step closer toward completing constitutions this week, their experiences highlight the divergent fates of the Arab region's Islamist movements, resulting from the wise and foolish political choices of each country's political elites.

It's Not About You

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted 03.19.2014 | Religion
Zachary K. Pearce

Christians need to be focused on living their life the way God commanded his followers to so that they may be a part of his Kingdom of Heaven for eternity.

Why I Shall Become an American

Robin Koerner | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Sometime toward the end of this year, I shall become an American citizen. A few of my European friends look confused when they realize that I go around the world expounding the importance of liberty -- and yet choose to live in the U.S.

Emily Swanson

Nearly Half Of Americans Grasp The First Amendment About As Well As Sarah Palin Does

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

More than 4 in 10 Americans think the First Amendment protects them from being fired for what they say, and more than 3 in 10 think it applies to situ...

Right Wing 'Wanted' Poster for JFK: Sound Familiar?

Paul Abrams | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The difference between the '60s paranoia and today's is that now we have FoxNews, Drudge, talk-radio the internet, and billionaire funders so that this insanity can magnified and instantaneously transmitted to larger and larger audiences.

The NSA's Telephone Metadata Program Is Unconstitutional

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

In my judgment the existing program is unconstitutional. As currently structured, it violates the Fourth Amendment's requirement of "reasonableness." On the other hand, it should be possible for the government to correct the deficiencies in the program in a manner that both preserves its legitimate value and substantially mitigates the risks to privacy that it currently poses.

Is the NSA's Bulk Telephony Metadata Program Constitutional?

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The central question posed by the bulk telephony meta-data program is this: Is the government's collection of an individual's telephone call records from the individual's telephone service provider a "search" of that individual within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment?

An Interview With Sam Dalton, Now In His Seventh Decade Of Criminal Defense Law

Radley Balko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

The year 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of two landmark Supreme Court cases in criminal defense law. In Brady v. Maryland, the Court ruled that pros...

Dire Civil Liberties Predictions for 2014

Radley Balko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

As we come to the end of a year that saw revelations about massive government spying programs, horrifying stories of police abuse, and brazen violatio...

The Cairo Elite War on Egypt's Democracy

Mohamed Elmenshawy | Posted 02.16.2014 | World
Mohamed Elmenshawy

The hope for democracy in Egypt remains slim as long as the voices of people outside Cairo are once again marginalized.

Protecting Second Amendment While Trampling the First

Ken Toltz | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Ken Toltz

In their enthusiasm for the promotion of more guns wielded by more people in more places, they have trampled American's rights as enumerated by the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights, freedom of speech, peaceful assembly and petitioning our government for changes in the laws.

When It Comes to Custody, It's a Woman's World

Rabbi Abraham Unger, Ph.D. | Posted 02.09.2014 | Divorce
Rabbi Abraham Unger, Ph.D.

We Dads in the park look distantly at each other, each of us alone. Society has not yet opened a collective space for us.

What's Education for, Anyway?

William E. White | Posted 02.03.2014 | Education
William E. White

The hyperfocus on workplace development is keeping us from accomplishing the core civic education mission of our schools. Strong, engaged citizens make an excellent and reliable workforce.

Are You a Citizen Lobbyist? You Can Be!

Edward Falzon | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics
Edward Falzon

There's a common perception that the only two options for political involvement are to vote or to run for office. These avenues are certainly open to us all, but most of us seem to forget a third option: Lobbying. And the perfect how-to guide is now on the shelves.

Bachmann: Obama 'Has Rewritten The Constitution For Himself'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) accused President Barack Obama of rewriting the Constitution during a Tuesday appearance on Fox News. Bachmann's ac...

Point and Shoot: The Lies of the Gun Lobby

Ari Weisbrot | Posted 01.27.2014 | Crime
Ari Weisbrot

People like to carry guns. People like to shoot guns. They will rely upon any justification they can find. But it is a canard. It has no basis in the constitution. It is a right that serves no one but the nuts with small guns who feel that carrying a weapon somehow makes them a man. This will never change.

Being Good for Goodness' Sake: Why Operation Christmas Child Is Wrong

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Rather than giving because it's the right thing to do, these charities give aid in exchange for religious conversion.

Woodward v. Alabama: The Deadly Problem of Judicial Elections

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

The impact of money in state court elections is not limited to criminal cases. Studies show that -- consciously or unconsciously -- judges tend to rule in favor of the interests of their contributors.