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Are Political Lies Constitutional?

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Popular political speech needs no protection from the First Amendment -- it never has. It is unpopular political speech -- even downright lies -- which need defending by the courts. As ignoble and as impure as that may sound.

The War on Democracy: SCOTUS Weighs In

Bob Burnett | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The Republican plutocratic agenda couldn't work without millions of dollars in unrestricted conservative funding. Thanks to the Republican majority in the Supreme Court, all the barriers against big money and guarantees of political fairness are being dismantled.

A God Who Hates Bribes: A Religious Response to the McCutcheon Ruling

Rabbi Michael Knopf | Posted 04.04.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Knopf

The impact of this phenomenon on politics and on our society is the same as bribery's. To argue otherwise reflects either a profound naïveté or the total divorcement of law from real life.

"One Dollar, One Vote"

Brandon Faske | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Brandon Faske

There are a lot of important issues to be tackled -- income inequality, education reform, infrastructure improvements, etc. -- but until money gets taken out of the political arena, national priorities will continue to get pushed to the wayside.

Making Waves Across Our Nation and the World

Jacob Devaney | Posted 04.03.2014 | Impact
Jacob Devaney

Our Supreme Court has decided that money is free speech, yet money is not free. Our elected and appointed officials have decided to use their public office to represent private interests dishonoring the integrity of the seats they hold.

Why the McCutcheon Decision Is Worse than it Looks

Thomas E. Mann | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Mann

This decision could be more radical than modest, increasing the political leverage of the wealthy few and moving us further toward an unregulated political marketplace and away from the democratic republic envisioned by the framers.

Bernie Sanders: Citizens United Is Creating An 'Oligarchic Form Of Society'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Bach | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) spoke out against the rise of the wealthy in United States politics from the Senate floor Thursday, saying the rise of the...

Hobby Lobby's Crafty Attack

Karen Dolan | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics
Karen Dolan

In fact, nearly all U.S. women of the Christian persuasion Employ contraception on many occasions.

Ryan J. Reilly

How A Pot-Worshipping Church Could Play Into The Hobby Lobby Case

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal government operation that placed an undercover agent in a small church in Hawaii wound up shutting down the institution, led t...

Supreme Court Bolsters Domestic Violence Gun Ban Law

Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says a federal law barring people convicted of minor domestic violence offenses from ...

Hobby Lobby's Argument Should Alarm People of Faith

Harry Knox | Posted 03.24.2014 | Religion
Harry Knox

Wrapping this attempt to create a privileged legal category for corporate entities in the cloak of religious freedom demeans that freedom and those who cherish it.

Fighting Westboro Hate And A Secret

Michael Smerconish | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Michael Smerconish

Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder was just 20 years old when he died in a one-vehicle Humvee accident in Iraq on March 3, 2006, just five weeks after his deployment. A half-dozen Westboro members picketed Matthew Snyder's funeral at a Roman Catholic Church in Maryland one week later.

Imagining Reproductive Rights in a Homonormative World

Sal Bardo | Posted 03.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Sal Bardo

But the concept of a homonormative society invites all sorts of other, less obvious questions, paramount among them being the logistics of procreation and gender roles.

Supreme Court Session Purportedly Revealed In YouTube Video

AP | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A protest group has posted what appears to be the first video of the Supreme Court taken inside the courtroom with the court in se...

The McCutcheon Case: Consequences if SCOTUS Strikes Down Overall Contribution Limits

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

If the SCOTUS were to strike down the overall contribution limits in the McCutcheon case, we would be back to the same kind of corrupting contributions that resulted in the Watergate scandals in the '70s and the soft money scandals in the '90s. The legal and political consequences would be enormous.

Supreme Court Makes Big Decision On When Cops Can Enter Your Home

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police may search a home without a warrant when two occupants disagree about allowing officer...

Yes, There's A Supreme Court Fantasy League

AP | JUAN A. LOZANO | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics

HOUSTON (AP) — In many ways, it's a fantasy league like any other, with players obsessing over mounds of data and minutia, teams sporting a variety ...

The Sexist Agenda Hidden in Harris v. Quinn

Laura Reyes | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Laura Reyes

On its surface, the case known as Harris v. Quinn now before the Supreme Court is yet another attempt to kill off public employee unions. And while that's certainly troubling enough, this case is about more than workers' rights. It potentially opens up yet another front in the war on women.

In Between Jokes, Scalia Again Raises Concerns About Court Ruling On Spying Issues

Civil Beat | Nathan Eagle | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics

HONOLULU -- Loathed by oh-so-many liberals, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia waded into the deep-blue Aloha State Monday for a talk with law ...

What George Will Gets Wrong about Unions, Home Healthcare Aides, and the First Amendment

Charlotte Garden | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Charlotte Garden

The misleading arguments being made by George Will, and the plaintiffs in Harris vs. Quinn, go well beyond established protections, and would cripple the system of public sector collective bargaining that has worked well for decades.

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama's Lawyers Shoot Down Catholic Groups' Objections To Birth Control Mandate

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Requiring Catholic institutions to sign a form to get out of the Affordable Care Act's birth control mandate isn't a "substantial burden...

Utah Asks Supreme Court To Block Gay Marriage

AP | PAUL FOY | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah took its fight against gay marriage to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, asking the high court to suspend same-sex union...

2013: What's Behind the Headlines?

Amy Dardashtian | Posted 03.02.2014 | Entertainment
Amy Dardashtian

A look back at the sand slipping through the hourglass that was 2013 and very few of the headlines circulating reflect on a positive year. We remember...

A Look Back at a Monumental Year for Equality and Hope for an Even Better Tomorrow

Shane Bitney Crone | Posted 03.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Shane Bitney Crone

Personally, 2013 has been a landmark year, but more importantly, it has been been a year that hosted some of the most ground-breaking LGBTQ events in American and world history. Before we charge into 2014, we should reflect on these significant occurrences.

High Court Rejects Oil Spill Contempt Case

Reuters | Posted 02.15.2014 | Green

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON, Dec 16 (Reuters) - The U.S. Interior Department will not be held in contempt over its actions in the af...