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Racism and the Tea Party Part II... Southern Style

Melissa Webster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Melissa Webster

"People of integrity expect to be believed, and they wait for time to prove them right." My friend Ray says this a lot, though he's not sure where it ...

Not One of the Ten Commandments Is in the Constitution

Tina Dupuy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Tina Dupuy

If you catch the rhetoric surrounding the US Constitution, you'd think the Ten Commandments are its bullet points. They're not.

Glenn Beck's Alcoholism and CPAC

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanton Peele

Glenn Beck hit two themes of interest to a psychologist in his keynote speech to a conservative audience at CPAC -- his idyllic family life, and his a...

Rand Paul: Libertarian Extraordinaire?

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

Rand Paul's thinking on refusing to serve minorities and other issues is one dimensional. It's hard to admire a mind that can't accommodate real world solutions to problems.

Give Me Liberty or Keep Me Safe!

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Astore

Today, our new cry seems to be "Give me liberty or keep me safe": safe, that is, from the big, bad, terrorist wolf.

Rand Paul, the Tea Party, and Our Constitution

David Gans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Gans

The Tea Party likes to portray itself as fighting for the Constitution, but more and more evidence makes it clear that the Tea Party only cares about ...

Obama and Calderon Both Insult Americans

Ernest Istook | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ernest Istook

By publicly bashing an American law during a joint appearance with the President of Mexico, Barack Obama poured gasoline on an already-raging fire and missed a golden chance to be statesmanlike.

Health Care: In Order to Form a More Perfect Union...

Rep. John Garamendi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. John Garamendi

The Declaration of Independence calls for every American to have access to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Yet 45,000 Americans die each year because they do not have health insurance.

The Commander-In-Chief Test: Failed?

Richard Greener | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Greener

Contrary to popular belief, and recent Executive custom, the Constitution conveys only three powers to the President of the United States that are entirely his and not subject to review or reversal.

The Constitution Does Not Sanction Bigotry

Naoma Nagahawatte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Naoma Nagahawatte

Have Tea Partiers forgotten that the U.S. was built by many non-English speaking immigrants, and is comprised of their descendants?

Nancy Pelosi: "Originalist" and "Strict Constructionist"

Richard Greener | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Greener

The "Deem and Pass" rule is 77 years old. It's survived eight different presidents, more than half of them Republicans. Where, one might reasonably ask, was the Republican outrage over these last eight decades?

Con Games: America Null And Void

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael Conniff

A family fatality afforded us the chance to stumble upon the St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Denver -- a wonderfully morbid coincidence for an Irish-American like me.

State Rights Pushed By State Legislatures Amid Health Care Overhaul

New York Times | KIRK JOHNSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Whether it's a correctly called a movement, a backlash or political theater, state declarations of their rights -- or in some cases denunciations of f...

How Would You Change the Constitution?

David O. Stewart | Posted 05.26.2011 | Politics
David O. Stewart

Americans supposedly embraced change in the 2008 election, but we have devoted little effort to the most fundamental political change we can adopt: amending the Constitution.

Facebook Privacy Policy, Settings Explained

Huffington Post | Bianca Bosker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Recent changes to Facebook's privacy policies have made users' information far more public than ever before: much personal data is now public by defau...

Texas Education Board Approves Conservative Curriculum Changes By Far-Right

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

***UPDATE*** Think Progress flags some of the more eye-opening revisions the Texas Board of Education approved for its social studies curriculum and ...

Citizens United Changed Everything

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

In the month-and a-half since the Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United, there is no sign that the firestorm in Washington and around the country is going to die any time soon.

'Under God' In Pledge Of Allegiance Upheld By Court

AP | TERENCE CHEA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court upheld the use of the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance and "In God We Trust" on U.S. curren...

The Royal Court: Elena Kagan in Perspective

Alex Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alex Green

The punditry of helplessness and the false panic that nominations like Kagan's encourage need to be cast aside, replaced by the notion that we can shape the decisions of the Court more than we are made to believe.

Thurgood Marshall, Elena Kagan, and Our Constitution Today

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Before President Obama even finished announcing Elena Kagan as his Supreme Court nominee, the RNC was up with an attack memo questioning Kagan's commitment to our Constitution.

Fred Phelps' Hatemongering and the First Amendment

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Fred Phelps and his "church" are the ones who arrive at various places and events all across the country, waving hate-filled signs which convey his belief that God hates the US, homosexuals, the U.S. military, and dead American soldiers.

Supreme Court Argument Portends Hollow Victory for Gun Lobby

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

Last Tuesday, I was in the courtroom as the Supreme Court heard arguments in the Second Amendment challenge to Chicago's handgun ban. As my report fo...

Remembering Bloody Sunday: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution

Peter J. Ognibene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter J. Ognibene

As right-wingers gabble loosely about secession and revolution, it's worth remembering that our nation experienced a second - necessary and successful - American revolution 45 years ago.

Sadness: Barack Obama's Convictions

Kristen Breitweiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kristen Breitweiser

President Bush had deeply held -- albeit, inherently flawed -- convictions. At the very least, I knew clearly what he stood for. I can't say the same for President Obama.

New Populist Heroine Sparks a Movement (VIDEO)

Harry Hanbury | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Hanbury

By giving corporations the power to buy our politicians, the Supreme Court may have unintentionally sparked a grassroots wildfire that will turn our corporatocracy into a true democracy.