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The Ground Zero Mosque; Nat Hentoff Has His Say

Richard Z. Chesnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Richard Z. Chesnoff

Like most folks these days, I receive a steady stream of forwarded columns, blogs, articles and other items from the interesting but often invasive wo...

Revive the Articles of Confederation

Robert A. Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert A. Levine

Thankfully, this proposal from my friend, Whistler (short for Whistleblower) lacks the paranoid features of his last two communications ("A Vast Left...

Ground Zero Mosque Opponents Have a Lot of Work to Do

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

If Newt, Sarah and Glenn were truly so driven to maintain the sacred purity of American "hallowed ground," they can start by campaigning for the removal of the General Robert E. Lee statue of Gettysburg.

GOP: Bring Back 'Corruption of Blood'

Tina Dupuy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tina Dupuy

Corruption of Blood" was an English law stating that if your parents committed treason, you were also stained. The GOP's idea is to change the Constitution so that being without papers is treated more harshly than treason.

GOP Charge: Ground Zero Mosque is bin Laden's Trojan Horse

Philip Smucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Smucker

Gary Berntsen, the tough-as-nails former CIA operative running to unseat Senator Chuck Schumer in New York, tells me al Qaeda and its affiliates are set to infiltrate the mosque before it has been built.

Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Reinforces National Backlash

Ernest Istook | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ernest Istook

When a court reverses the voters' decision, it reinforces the tidal wave of disgust at political elites who run roughshod over the will of the people.

Why We Sued to Represent Muslim Cleric Awlaki

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Quigley

The case of Anwar al-Awlaki revolves around issues that should be decided in a court of law, not with a drone strike. That is why we are defending him.

In Defense of "Big" Government

Daniel Cluchey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cluchey

Those who demonize the institution of government as inherently opposed to the people forget the truths laid down by our Founders. Government is not against the people: it is the people.

Ramblings of a 'Fake American'

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

When Republicans question Democrats' patriotism, they are discrediting themselves and demeaning and dangerously dividing the Real America they profess to honor and love.

Utah's Prelude to Anchor Baby Mama Drama

Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

With the new focus on the born and unborn babies of immigrants, the immigration issue has been taken to a new disturbing level. The denial of citizenship to U.S. born babies smacks in the face of the Constitution.

The Tea Party and the Constitution

Marty Robins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marty Robins

The Tea Party is clearly a rising force in American politics. The constitutional foundation is excellent and greatly enhances its credibility, but can stand some refinement in order to maximize its effectiveness.

Pull, Pull, Pull to the Left: On Rove's Revisionism and Obama's "Failing" Presidency

Peter Daou | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Daou

Unfortunately, the President, his advisers, and many Democratic leaders and strategists are captives of the same Beltway mindset that tells us Iraq is a resounding success and Obama's problem is the liberal blogosphere.

Poll Shows People Support Checks and Balances, But Want More Limits on Supreme Court Justices

Mark Penn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Penn

In our latest poll, voters send one clear message -- they want more direct power, not in the hands of the politicians, but in the hands of the people, giving them more control over the judiciary and election of the president.

Forget the Terrorists: Fear Is Our Real Enemy

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Fernando Espuelas

Said in another time and different context, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's exhortation that "we have nothing to fear but fear itself" holds true today, more than ever, in our fight against terrorism.

Who's the Bigger Threat: Shahzad or McCain and Lieberman?

Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D.

The United States Constitution is the charter document of democracy in America. It is what makes us who we are, and we go outside the boundaries of that charter at our peril.

Congressional Sparring Ignores Practical Reasons For Miranda

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

The consequences of not reading rights to terrorist suspects that we later want to prosecute are now on display at the military commissions in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. And it's not looking good for the government.

Private Faith in Public Life

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

We really need to stop this ridiculous argument about being a Christian nation. If there should be any doubt, let us listen to the founding fathers themselves.

Tales From the Census Trail: Blame the Interns

KT Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
KT Boyle

No one makes friends with their Census taker.

Independence Day: Not just independence, but human rights

Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D.

We forget that while the American Revolution was basically about the rights, it was really about the duty of government to secure these rights.

McClellan, MacArthur, McChrystal

Ariel Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ariel Gonzalez

Militarizing the presidency obviously undermines the principle of civilian control, which the McChrystal kerfuffle brought to the forefront.

Gay Rights v. Free Speech, the Round-Up

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday on the validity of the Washington state law requiring the release of names on petitions submitted in support of referendums.

Gay Rights Groups v. Free Speech in the Supreme Court

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

This morning, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on a significant free speech issue. While I'm not one to celebrate successes by groups like Protect Marriage Washington, in this case, gay rights groups are on the wrong side of history.

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.