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America's Take On the Fourth Amendment and the NSA

Michel Floyd | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Michel Floyd

The original revelations about spying on the AP have been overshadowed by the recent confirmations of the NSA's long suspected and extensive domestic spying activities. The opinion of the public appears to be strongly in favor of improved privacy protections.

Government Secrecy and the Nation's Security

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Government secrecy is presumptively illegitimate. But note the word "presumptively." Government secrecy is presumptively, but not absolutely, illegitimate. Despite the grave dangers of government secrecy, there are undoubtedly circumstances in which secrecy is essential.

Sen. Lautenberg's 2005 Stand Against David Barton Was Much More Than Just a Stand for Separation of Church and State

Chris Rodda | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Upon hearing of his passing on Monday morning, the one thing that immediately came to mind for me was the day in 2005 when he took a stand on the Senate floor against pseudo-historian David Barton.

5 Ways the U.S. Can Have an Icelandic Revolution

Carl Gibson | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics
Carl Gibson

"We have to nationalize the banks. We have to get rid of the government. We need to have access to the internet seen as a human right. We need to have...

"Poor Alaskans": Court Blasts Alaska's Redistricting

John Aronno | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
John Aronno

The last round of reapportionment in Alaska didn't meet any rational smell check. The heavily right-leaning redistricting board focused on pitting political rivals against each other and erected new obstacles for left-leaning candidates and incumbents in their home districts.

Castor Bean Control

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 07.31.2013 | Comedy
Andrew J. Lederer

The fool has signed his own warrant. Even he knows that of all the fundamentally lethal implements, only guns have a special dispensation from God and Jefferson.

Originalism: The Dark Misunderstanding

Deedee Freedberg | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Deedee Freedberg

At the time of his now crucial rejection by the senate, Robert Bork's importance did not fully reach me. I knew him only as Solicitor General, third o...

Free-market Conservatism Kills: Oklahoma Buildings Don't Have Safe Rooms Because "Regulation Rankles"

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

That's what we saw when an EF5 tornado blew through Moore, Okla. on Monday. What do the tornado-related deaths of 24 people, including nine children, have to do with free-market conservatism?

The NRA's Perverted View of America

Josh Horwitz | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

The NRA didn't just throw down the gauntlet to our government in Houston. It also articulated a vision of America and its ideals that is the antithesis of what our Founders intended, and which would mean the absolution of our Constitution.

An IRS With Integrity: Will This Be the Dawn of Another New Era?

Amy Dardashtian | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Amy Dardashtian

Will today mark the dawning of another new era? Or will Congress miss the opportunity to examine the problems within the agency that extend beyond this one scandal?

John McCain Is Sick and Tired of His Outrage!

Lester & Charlie | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
Lester & Charlie

Not since New Coke have we as a nation seen a disaster that both sides of the aisle can agree on. America is now unanimously and officially outraged that the IRS would have the audacity to target political groups -- groups that publicly despise taxes and call for the end of the IRS.

Formula for Abuse of Power

Ken Blackwell | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

John F. Kennedy as a candidate liked to tweak his opponent, Richard Nixon. When the Wall Street Journal criticized Republican Nixon, Kennedy jumped on...

'Til Death Do Us Part

Lisa Longo | Posted 07.14.2013 | Politics
Lisa Longo

Any contract that has at its essence an invalid clause is in and of itself invalid. So to me, every marriage is invalid as long as two adults are barred from marriage. It is an immoral clause, and a moral cause.

Guns, Grenades and Graffiti

Alex Glashausser | Posted 07.14.2013 | Politics
Alex Glashausser

Sandblasting the Constitution to restore its actual text reveals that it lacks the absolutes urged by the graffiti artists. There is no right to bear any particular arm.

Getting Real About Gun Violence

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

The pro-gun vs. anti-gun debate does not address the realities of gun violence in America and the most critical issues in preventing it.

Learning From Shakespeare

Bruce Fein | Posted 07.07.2013 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Muslim antagonism towards the United States would not have awakened if we had refrained from material military, economic, or diplomatic assistance in favor of oppressive Muslim regimes.

Buying Off the Ref

Brian Young | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Brian Young

In so many ways, the Chamber and its allies are pushing the Court in a direction where people get less and less power to counter corporate abuses.

Santorum Praises NRA 'Warriors'

AP | Posted 05.03.2013 | Politics

HOUSTON -- Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum praised the National Rifle Association as "warriors" defending the U.S. Constitution...

Freedom and Healthcare: Is the Libertarian Party In Danger of Becoming Relevant?

Robin Koerner | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Robin Koerner

You don't have to be a economist to understand why American healthcare has been such a disaster for so long -- and why Obamacare has spectacularly failed to do the one thing that would have solved most of its problems.

Rand Paul's Missing Spine

Salon | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

I was on vacation when Rand Paul staged his filibuster to get more answers about drones from the Obama administration, or else I probably would have e...

House Lawmakers Introduce Term-Limits Bill

The Huffington Post | Preston Maddock | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) is the latest federal legislator to propose a constitutional amendment that would impose term limits on federal lawmakers. ...

Gun Control: A Poem

Ishan Puri | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics
Ishan Puri

I have included a poem of the recent happenings in Congress on gun control. President Obama has taken a firm stance on the issue but was still unable to turn a widely accepted 90 percent national approval for more gun control into 60 Senate votes.

From the Streets of Boston to the Halls of Congress, Extremists Have Our Country Under Siege

Pearl Korn | Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics
Pearl Korn

President Obama had poured his heart and political capital into background checks and gun reform, yet his efforts were met with failure, in a coup against the will of the People orchestrated by the NRA and their lackeys in the Senate.

Rick Ross as a Mirror for the Music Industry and Culture as a Whole

Toni Nagy | Posted 06.18.2013 | Entertainment
Toni Nagy

Forcing an apology out of Ross does not address the pandemic of misogyny. This message of party culture and women as sexual objects is constantly perpetuated by the music business.

Justice Scalia, "Originalism" and Homosexuality

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The same reasoning that leads Justice Scalia to conclude that the Framers' ignorance of cell phones and the Internet doesn't resolve questions about "the freedom of speech" should also lead him to the Framers' ignorance about the nature of sexual orientation. If one is going to be an "originalist," at least one should be consistent about it.