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Obama's First Military Commission Trial: A Child Soldier

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

This week, Omar Khadr, the 15-year-old Canadian arrested by US forces in Afghanistan eight years ago, will finally face a trial. Or not.

Teaching Totalitarianism in the Public Schools

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Between metal detectors, drug-sniffing dogs in the hallways and surveillance cameras in the classrooms and elsewhere, America's schools have come to resemble prison-like complexes.

Constitutional Hunting Season Heats Up

Alain L. Sanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alain L. Sanders

The language, the principles, and the logic of our democracy all indicate that the Founders strived to design a vibrant and adaptable system.

Restoring the Fourth Amendment: How We the People Can Win Over Washington

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

With 2010 finding our government institutions tone deaf and disengaged on addressing our mounting constitutional crises, there have been few riper times for a transpartisan political offensive.

Secular Law Is Progressive, Constitutionally

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

In selecting a new justice to replace Stevens, all that's necessary is to a capable and honest person to uphold a progressive instrument of governance.

On Replacing the Irreplaceable Justice Stevens

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

How does President Obama replace the irreplaceable? He can't, but here are a few things the President, and the progressive community, should keep in mind as we begin to discuss Justice Stevens' replacement.

Arguing Constitutionally

Terry Newell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Newell

We cannot destroy community in the name of fidelity to the Constitution. So let's have a healthy Constitutional argument about the health care reform law - and try not to kill the patient while we're at it.

School History Standards' Battle Moves to Congress

Ed Hooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Hooper

Reading, science and math are important, but No Child Left Behind standards must include history and social studies standards. If it isn't improved, knowledgeable citizens who can pull a voting lever and know what they're doing are going to become extinct.

A Constitution Written in Indelible Ink

Sean Paige | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Sean Paige

We've obviously gone a little crazy. But how much crazier would things be if we didn't have the indelible ink on the Constitution as a touchstone?

Reproductive Fraud? Sham Pregnancy Centers Face Pushback

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

It's increasingly difficult to figure out which of the numerous organizations claiming to offer "reproductive health services" actually provide termination referrals and which are merely sham clinics established by right-wing religious activists.

Not Just Guantanamo: US Torturing Muslim Pre-Trial Detainee in NYC

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Bill Quigley

Today in New York City, the U.S. is torturing a Muslim detainee with no prior criminal record who has not even gone to trial.

The Founding Fathers' "Individual Mandate"

Adam Winkler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Winkler

The founding fathers adopted the first "individual mandate" back in 1792. It required individuals to outfit themselves with guns and ammunition, even if they had to buy those items from private sellers.

Political Violence is Not an American Value

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

How have we reached the point where violence is promoted as an acceptable response to democratically-enacted legislation? The truth is that political developments over the past three decades have made such violence tragically inevitable.

Supreme Court Nomination Fight: A Major Teachable Moment

Ed Kilgore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Kilgore

The fight over a Supreme Court nomination that we are likely to see with the reported impending retirement of Justice Stevens could be a major teachable moment for progressives. Bring on the Court fight.

Come to Texas for Current AG Managed Public Option and Mandates

Barbara Ann Radnofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Ann Radnofsky

We in Texas have a public option, suggested by and administered by the office of the Texas AG, to provide a reasonable cost option to parents who are now mandated to provide medical care payment.

Not One of the Ten Commandments Is in the Constitution

Tina Dupuy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Tina Dupuy

If you catch the rhetoric surrounding the US Constitution, you'd think the Ten Commandments are its bullet points. They're not.

March Madness Strikes the Terror Debates

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Lindsey Graham's effort to get the administration to abandon legitimate federal court trials for suspected terrorists in exchange for the funding needed to close Guantanamo Bay is headed nowhere fast.

Britain's "Fundamental Resettlement" of Rights -- America's Fundamental Failure

Barrett Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barrett Brown

It would be hard to point to a better example than this of a representative government actually being prompted to give up a great array of its own powers through the electoral process itself.

Obama and Calderon Both Insult Americans

Ernest Istook | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ernest Istook

By publicly bashing an American law during a joint appearance with the President of Mexico, Barack Obama poured gasoline on an already-raging fire and missed a golden chance to be statesmanlike.

GOP Antics in an Eighth Grade Classroom

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By: William A. Nelligan--PORTLAND Last n...

The Constitution Does Not Sanction Bigotry

Naoma Nagahawatte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Naoma Nagahawatte

Have Tea Partiers forgotten that the U.S. was built by many non-English speaking immigrants, and is comprised of their descendants?

Nancy Pelosi: "Originalist" and "Strict Constructionist"

Richard Greener | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Greener

The "Deem and Pass" rule is 77 years old. It's survived eight different presidents, more than half of them Republicans. Where, one might reasonably ask, was the Republican outrage over these last eight decades?

Getting After the Devil: Obama and Civil Liberties

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

if Congress gives the Obama administration the green light to scale back the Miranda rule, it would be yet another dangerous expansion of government power at the expense of citizens' civil rights.

Con Games: America Null And Void

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael Conniff

A family fatality afforded us the chance to stumble upon the St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Denver -- a wonderfully morbid coincidence for an Irish-American like me.

No Way To Treat a Judge

David O. Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David O. Stewart

We need a process for removing lower-court judges that is independent, fair, and reliable. Impeachment has none of those qualities.