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Citizens United: The Problem Isn't the Law, It's the Court

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Citizens United blows away any notion that conservative judges, who profess to be "originalists" and "umpires," are in fact faithful to our Constitution's text or bound by reasoned precedent.

Prescriptions for Mending Broken Government and Averting Spiritual Death

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Qanta Ahmed, MD

While ending America's wars sounds logical and direct, I am beginning to doubt I will ever see this in my lifetime, as long or short as it may be. The country has become inextricably engaged in these conflicts.

Vision of a State: Ultra-Federalism in Afghanistan

Mike Signer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mike Signer

An ultra-federalist culture would constantly seek to discover and bridge gaps between local systems for administering justice and the official machinery of the state courts.

"Justice Can't Wait:" Judicial Selection in the First 10 Months of the Obama Administration

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

Alliance for Justice has released a new report on judicial selection in the first ten months of the Obama administration.

Scalia Misquoted On Brown v. Board Of Education (CORRECTED)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CORRECTION: An item posted here -- reporting that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said that if he were on the court in 1954, he would have dissen...

Pres. Obama: Don't Make This Veto Mistake

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

Mr. President, the advice you received on how to veto this bill was fatally defective. Yes, some of your predecessors have used this gambit, but it's an affront to the Constitution, it's unnecessary, and it thwarts the separation of powers.

Teflon Dick: How Cheney Uses Media For Protection

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Linda Milazzo

Dick Cheney has committed unconstrained, and as yet unprosecuted offenses, that include circumventing the Constitution and lying the nation into war.

Justice American Style

Kristen Breitweiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kristen Breitweiser

Now more than ever, Americans need to trust our own judicial system to fully and openly prosecute the mass murderers of 9/11 while the rest of the world bears witness.

Nicaragua: Déjà Coup All Over Again?

Javier Corrales | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Javier Corrales

This week, the United States helped bring an end to a serious political crisis in Honduras. A similar crisis is now brewing in Nicaragua, but this time, the United States won't be as lucky.

Marriage Rights Should Not Be Determined By Popular Opinion

Fred Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Silberberg

Allowing marriage to become the subject of a popular opinion poll, as has taken place in this country, disturbs the very principles upon which this nation was founded.

2010 Census Campaign Begins: Census Bureau Kicks Off Once-A-Decade Head Count

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau kicks off its $300 million campaign Monday to prod, coax and cajole the nation's more than 300 million residents ...

Isn't There Anyone Who Knows What the Christmas Legal Holiday is All About?

Jim Thomas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jim Thomas

I started blogging about our country's "legal" holidays out of concern that, for many, these days were just another day off. Well, it turns out that the Christmas federal holiday is actually just that, legally at least.

We the Populists: How to Make Taxpayer Funded Bailouts Toxic

Linda R. Monk, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Linda R. Monk, J.D.

Want to join in the fun? Call Goldman's executive offices at (212) 902-1000, and tell them that nobody makes big profits at public expense while 10.2 percent of Americans are unemployed.

Bush DOJ Official Agrees "Torture Memo" Lawyers Should Be Investigated

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

A change in leadership does not eliminate the need to examine our system and learn from our history, even when -- especially when -- our Department of Justice was corrupted to the point of sanctioning torture.

Cheney: A Tortured Soul

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lance Simmens

Mr. Vice-President, you and your President had eight full years to chart a direction for this nation. That direction was soundly rejected by the voters in the most recent national election.

Happy Thanksgiving(?)

Paula Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Paula Gordon

This and every second Monday of October, an entire First World nation takes the day off to cherish all that is best. Today is Thanksgiving Day. In Canada.

NRA Bosses -- But Not Members -- Defend Policies That Help Arm Suspected Terrorists

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

If the National Rifle Association's leaders want to help suspected terrorists get easy access to guns, bucking the wishes of their own membership, they should come out and say so.

Coalition Launches National Campaign: President Obama, Get FISA Right!

Mark Dorlester | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Dorlester

Now the Get FISA Right movement has spread far beyond Obama's campaign supporters. In Congress, the rush is on

Why Roland Burris Matters to Barack Obama, Right Now

Rebecca Sive | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rebecca Sive

Roland could write an epitaph on that vaunted tombstone of his that actually matters. And, Roland, take note: By doing this, you will have saved the lives of millions of American women.

Genderless Marriage: Redefining the Debate

Kevin Armento | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Armento

Re-branding marriage as a genderless institution such not only widens its scope, but does so in a way that puts it more squarely in line with the two biggest rights struggles of the twentieth century.

Shake the System

Gavin Newsom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gavin Newsom

If we're going to put California back on the leading edge, we have to fix our broken system. Please join me in supporting a California Constitutional Convention and help participate in shaping it.

The Gun Issue Is Back in the Supreme Court: What Does It Mean?

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

Although the Chicago handgun ban Supreme Court case involves interesting constitutional issues, even if Chicago loses, such a ruling is unlikely to prove a serious threat to state and local gun regulation across-the-board.

Texas Attorney General Seeks Activist Judges

Barbara Ann Radnofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Ann Radnofsky

The Texas attorney general has challenged the Senate version of health care reform, joining a letter from 13 state attorneys general. There is no law to challenge.

Best Books For Your Christmas Wishlist (PHOTOS, POLL)

Lena Tabori | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lena Tabori

Books are beautiful objects, and to me there's nothing more alluring than one produced with all the stops pulled out: on uniquely gorgeous paper and practically ready for the museum glass case.

Reject False Choices Between Law Enforcement & Military

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

As Obama tasks our independent judiciary with trying more suspected 9/11 terrorists, count me among those who agree with Mayor Giuliani's first position on trying alleged terrorists in US courts: in the yes column