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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.

Our Mission Is Clear: Amend Citizens United

Pearl Korn | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Citizens United has cast a black shroud over our nation since it was dumped on the American people by an activist, ideologically driven right-wing majority in the Supreme Court. Since that decision, we have seen a steady erosion of our way of life.

Kennedy Was Right: We Are the Heirs of the First Revolution

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

The only real hope in any significant change for the better rests in the American people. But first we have to regain a sense of America's history and reclaim our inheritance.

Launch the 'Nuke,' Harry!

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There's an old adage in politics that the way to win political struggles is to "bring a gun to a knife fight." If this imagery isn't violent enough for you, the subject on the table now is whether Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is considering what is called the "nuclear option."

Lawmakers Increasingly Realize Fast Track Is a Fraud

James P. Hoffa | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

The Teamsters for years have been an outspoken critic of fast-track trade authorization which allows bad proposed trade agreements to move through Congress on just a quick up-or-down vote. And in the last week, we were joined by 185 House lawmakers who feel the same way.

The True Patriots in Congress Trying to End NSA Tyranny

Robert Scheer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Good old George can stop spinning in his grave. Yes, our most heroic general and inspiring president, who warned us in his farewell address "to guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." It's an alert that's been ignored in the nation's hysterical reaction to the attacks of 9/11.

Licensing AmmanNet's News Website

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

News websites in Jordan have been shaken up ever since the Abdullah Ensour government decided to enforce a controversial law that forces websites that...

East Colorado Reservations

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Putting secession on the ballot in a county is, pretty obviously, nothing more than a political stunt. It brings to mind those who launch efforts to amend the Constitution even though they know they're never going to succeed. I appreciate the value of a good political stunt, though.

Mel Watt's Confirmation and the Senate at a New Low

Larry Cohen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

It is ironic that the trade deals that have ravaged jobs for millions of Americans likely met the original test as treaties, given their long range implications and participation of numerous foreign governments, yet if they are fast tracked they cannot be amended and are adopted by majority vote.

A Serious Flaw in Common Core

Alan Singer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

Despite claims by advocates for Common Core, there is no universal timeless interpretation of a text. Meaning then and now is something that we debate, not uncover, while supporting our views with evidence from both the text and from the world.

To Swear or Not to Swear: The Founders' Original Intent for Military Oaths

Chris Rodda | Posted 12.24.2013 | Politics
Chris Rodda

The founders who wrote the first military oath under the Constitution in 1789 did not include the words "So help me God," so their intent was obviously that these words not be part of the oath.

Why Our Politics Don't Work Any More

Sandy Goodman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sandy Goodman

OK, so the latest Republican-manufactured crisis is finally over. But we're on warning that they could do it all over again in just three months. Which gets us to the question of why our government is so dysfunctional.

The USA Defaults -- on Its Constitution

Robin Koerner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Throughout these last few weeks, everyone involved in the negotiations on funding the government and the debt ceiling should have been repeating somet...

The Myth of States' Rights

Leon Friedman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Leon Friedman

The assertion of states' rights really means resistance to progressive federal laws designed to alleviate the inequality in our society. We must look more closely at the real reason why States rights are asserted to block action by the federal government.

A Shutdown to Shutdowns

David J. Brunell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
David J. Brunell

Here's the proposal: amend the Constitution to have a continuing resolution be the default. Rather than have the government shut down when Congress can't agree (on how) to fund the government, have the government automatically funded at current levels unless and until a new budget is passed.