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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.

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...

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.

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.

Don't Trash the Constitution, Justice Scalia

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Throughout his tenure on the Supreme Court, Justice Scalia has disparaged the doctrine of substantive due process, calling it "babble", in efforts to overturn rulings like Roe v. Wade.

Maddow Slams Orrin Hatch For Lying, Washington Post For Printing It (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Rachel Maddow took aim at Sen. Orrin Hatch Tuesday for lying about health care reform and reconciliation in an op-ed written by the senator and publis...

The Most Dangerous Right

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

Even if the Supreme Court decides in favor of incorporation, and strikes down Chicago's handgun ban, the Court should reaffirm the broad power of states and local governments to enact strict gun regulations.

Abuse of Language Threatens American Freedoms

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

It is vitally important to pierce through the cloud of obfuscation and inflated rhetoric of the past decade and to advance a clearer understanding of who we are as a people and the exact nature of our role in the world.

Red State Anxiety and The Constitution

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

Red States, apparently, do not understand that the further out onto the ice of constitutional education they skate, the thinner the ice becomes for the ideology of conservatism.

Senator Reid: Stop Folding Your Hand

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Senate Democrats are fighting for their electoral lives against the filibuster, and Harry Reid is folding the few cards left in his hand.

What Would George Washington Do? Git-R-Done!

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

"What a triumph for our enemies . . . to find that we are incapable of governing ourselves." Barack Obama in 2010? No, George Washington in 1786.

NFL Football Inspires A Resolution For The Filibuster Nightmare

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

Congress, long ago, adopted the filibuster without anticipating, as the NFL did, that the practitioners of the Senate might stoop to disrupting the game indefinitely in order to intimidate and punish the referees, in the Senate's case, the public.

Poll: Liberals and Conservatives Strongly Disagree with "Citizens United" - Americans Want Limits on Corporate Cash in Elections

Michael Keegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

The Supreme Court decided in late January that giant corporations should be treated just like individual Americans when it comes to spending money in ...

Are You Brainwashed? 7 Principles For Free Government

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Precisely because Americans are easily distracted -- because, as study after study shows, they are clueless about their rights -- the American governmental scheme is sliding ever closer toward authoritarianism.

Thoughts on International Law in US Courts: Our Constitution or Blackstone's?

Tricia Perry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tricia Perry

Recent weeks have generated interesting commentary on the Supreme Court hearing on Abbott v. Abbott. The case involves the custody of a 14-year-old child whose parents divorced while living in Chile.

1984 in 2010: Hijacking Democracy to Spy on Americans

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

With the White House and congressional leadership supporting unconstitutional abuses threatening the very fabric of our society, the Constitution appears to have few friends left in our nation's capital.

Our Founders Were Not Fundamentalists

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Harvey Wasserman

Our children should know of Native Americans who established democracy long before they saw the first Europeans and founders who got drunk and laid on their way to writing the Constitution.

A Disadvantaged Class? The Corporate Speech Index

Robert Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Weissman

These comparisons illustrate how easy it will be for one company, one industry, or the corporate class overall, to dominate the electoral discourse in the wake of Citizens United.

We the People

James Campion | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Campion

Part of our 2010 Faux Revolution is the expulsion of ridiculously unsubstantiated nonsense like using the American People whenever someone is trying to make, prove or back up a point.