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Expansive Government Threatens Religious Liberty, the First Freedom

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Americans should be protected from interference with their faith as well as attempts by others to impose their beliefs. The institutions of government and church should be kept far apart, while the political realm is left open to arguments of all sorts, whether based on theism, humanism, or something else.

Jim Oberstar: Another of Minnesota's Iconic Figures

Al Eisele | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Al Eisele

Oberstar, 79, who died in his sleep May 3 at his home in Potomac, Maryland, joins a long line of Minnesotans who left their mark on the world.

The NSA, Planned Parenthood and Your Right to Privacy

Steven Conn | Posted 05.02.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

Not a week seems to go by without more revelations about how the NSA (or recently the UK's GCHQ) monitors our electronic communications. Who knew that all the time I waste watching old movie clips on YouTube was so interesting to the guardians of our national security.

Stone Age Rituals in Modern Society: Let's Move On

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

The death penalty is difficult justify in any modern civilized society. The issue is greater than partisan politics. A sober evaluation of the costs and benefits of state-sanctioned death clearly demonstrates that the death penalty is not viable.

The Civic Spirit

D. R. Tucker | Posted 07.07.2012 | Education
D. R. Tucker

After four years of listening to people insinuate that President Obama is an illegal immigrant from Kenya with a burning desire to implement de facto reparations, I've come to realize that diversity is indeed an essential part of educational development.

Antonin Scalia and Political Diversity

Michael Roth | Posted 05.01.2012 | College
Michael Roth

We should not welcome those who cannot tolerate difference, those whose views close down thinking and social interaction. But we should welcome dissent.

How to Lead Like a Lawyer

Tom Fox | Posted 04.07.2012 | Business
Tom Fox

"Give me your best. It's the least you can do. It's also the most you can do. What more can I ask for? It's also important for people to judge their own work. Forget about being given gold stars by others. Judge something by your own standards."

Ward Connerly's Income Inequality

D. R. Tucker | Posted 03.24.2012 | College
D. R. Tucker

If it's true that Connerly opposed public-sector affirmative action merely as a way to line his own pockets, then he has to be considered the right's biggest embarrassment since Armstrong Williams.

The Quiet Man Who Wrote Roe v. Wade

Al Eisele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Al Eisele

In a rare interview with a reporter, Harry A. Blackmun spoke publicly for the first time about the controversial decision that continues to roil the political waters 38 years later. I know because I was that reporter.

John Paul Stevens, William J. Brennan and the Death Penalty

Seth Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Seth Stern

Retired Justice John Paul Stevens has made headlines by explaining how he went from supporting capital punishment to concluding it is unconstitutional. William J. Brennan Jr. might have felt vindicated.

N.E.I. is the New T.M.I.

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Dr. Jim Taylor

One of America's most cherished rights is citizens' right to privacy. Yet these days, a growing swath of America, mostly the young and tech savvy, are not only unconcerned about their privacy, but actively eschew that right.

Obama's Election is the "Triumph of Hope"

Linda Kulman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Kulman

With Obama as our president-elect, the country is, in essence, about to enter into its 44th marriage.