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Supreme Court Justice Goes Off On History

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is still frustrated that Americans don't understand how to read the supreme law of the land. Appearing Monday ...

The Irrational Rationale of the Second Amendment

Yousef Abukhdair | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Yousef Abukhdair

Unfortunately gun supporters are either accidentally or intentionally omitting the entire nature of the amendment.

We the Forgetful People

Jag Bhalla | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Jag Bhalla

Despite what President Obama called a "centuries-long debate about the role of government," the Constitution clearly defines a duty to "promote the general welfare."

The Internet Association Celebrates 2013 Data Privacy Day, Urges 113th Congress to Pass Electronic Privacy Reform

Michael Beckerman | Posted 03.30.2013 | Technology
Michael Beckerman

Did you know that a law written before email was commercially available governs the way the government can access your data online?

An Unconstitutional Two-fer

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

This week, the Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives did something that you wouldn't think is even possible: they introduced (and then the House passed) a five-page bill that, despite its brevity, may violate two separate provisions of the United States Constitution.

Bringing the Constitution Back to Congress

Bob Williams | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Bob Williams

If change doesn't occur rapidly, then the federal government supply of money will dry up and states will have to deal with a big cut in one of their largest sources of funds.

Roe at 40!

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Roe v. Wade was a triumph of American constitutional law. It changed the world in a fundamental way. Those who wish that Roe had never been decided would return us to a world of gender oppression, back-alley abortions and personal degredation.

Americans Seem to Be Tiring of Their Historic Great Experiment

Glen Browder | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
Glen Browder

We have entrapped our national democratic experiment in a philosophical civil war, American democracy no longer works the way it used to work, and it is time to worry about the Great Experiment.

Racism on Display: Washington, D.C.'s Status in Congress

David Shuster | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics
David Shuster

It's time to give Washington, D.C. residents the same rights and responsibilities we've given to other Americans -- governmental autonomy and representation in Congress. It's time for D.C. statehood.

Another State Proposes Questionable Ban On Bans

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics

A newly elected Republican state legislator in Texas has proposed legislation making it illegal to enforce a federal gun ban in the state. State R...

Tyranny Hiding in Plain Sight

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

Tyranny hides in plain sight, and if we care to fix it at its origins, we need to be talking about money rather than guns. For, after all, we hold this truth to be self-evident: Wealth is power.

Deporting Piers Morgan in Defense of the Right to Bear Military Style Assault Weapons and High Capacity Clips

David Leopold | Posted 03.16.2013 | Politics
David Leopold

CNN host Piers Morgan was never in danger of deportation. Yet, as ridiculous as the petition was, the very notion that any American would demand his deportation for expressing his views on an issue of public concern is disturbing.

House Reading U.S. Constitution Aloud Tuesday Morning

Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics

On Tuesday morning, members of Congress will read the entire U.S. Constitution aloud on the House of Representatives floor. The line-by-line readi...

Dodging Bullets

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.16.2013 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

Let's dispense with tortured logic and contorted arguments. Arguments get mangled when the truth sticks in your craw. One relevant truth is: A lot of people just like big guns. Big guns make people feel powerful. Lots of people like to be able to say: My gun's bigger than your gun!

Safety Off...

David Trumble | Posted 03.15.2013 | Crime
David Trumble

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Friday Talking Points -- Time to Dust Off the 14th Option

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There are times, when writing about the political world, when it is impossible not to feel like I am trapped inside a Jonathan Swift satire. This is one of those times. Real life and farce blur into one, and we all pretend this is normal. Sigh.

The Founding Prophets

Emmett Rensin | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Emmett Rensin

When we allow quoting the Constitution to stand in for a legitimate rebuttal, we diminish our ability to think critically about our nation and its laws.

Nursing Transparency in Former Soviet Republics

Kenneth F. Bunting | Posted 03.04.2013 | World
Kenneth F. Bunting

In this email response to the director of a freedom of information NGO in the Republic of Georgia, Giorgi Kldiashvili, civic-minded and engaged Americans may see little that is new to them. But, perhaps, it will serve as a reminder about the derivation of some of our precious freedoms.

Time for Constitution 3.0

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 03.03.2013 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

We don't saddle up the horses to ride into town nor do we use candles as our only source of light in our houses. So why are we using a technology for running a democracy that is more than two hundred years old, when newer and better technology has been developed?

5 New Year's Predictions From an Optimist

Matthew Chapman | Posted 03.02.2013 | Politics
Matthew Chapman

By the end of 2013, intelligent young people will start planning to go to Washington to kick out the last remaining grey cynics in their grey suits and get to work in the most important, most civilized, most exciting endeavor known to humanity.

The 2nd Amendment Is a Fatal Flaw in Our Constitution

Stephen Hren | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics
Stephen Hren

Watching the movie Lincoln yesterday with my family, it occurred to me that the Second Amendment is potentially the second fatal flaw in our nation's ...

A Farewell to Arms? Not If We're Serious About Zombies

Koda Wang | Posted 02.25.2013 | Comedy
Koda Wang

It's been a long time since battles were won on horses and bayonets. The new face of the enemy may come in the form of an insidious strain of smallpox or a sly computer virus that infects our power grids. But how do you repel a pesky bacterium or a few taunting lines of code -- shoot it with an Uzi?

Is the NRA Right -- Are Second Amendment Freedoms Under Attack?

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 02.23.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

The NRA's complete and insane refusal to put any regulations on weapon type, magazine capacity, and ammunition on the table of public discourse may be about many things, but the Second Amendment is simply not one of them.

It's Not Nice to Stab People

Simon Sinek | Posted 02.17.2013 | Business
Simon Sinek

Instagram announced a change in their privacy policies granting themselves ownership over all the pictures posted on the platform, including the right...

Women and the Reality of the Arab Spring: Writing New Constitutions, Leaving Out Women's Rights

Vivian Norris | Posted 02.17.2013 | World
Vivian Norris

Over the past two years, since the events in Tunisia which lead to a growing movement towards what many hoped would be more democratic societies, women who have been at the forefront of these movements are now finding themselves left out of the process of creating new constitutions.