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David Cole

David Cole

Legal Affairs Correspondent

David Cole (@DavidColeGtown), The Nation's legal affairs correspondent, is the author, most recently, of The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable (New Press).

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News and Features

Court watchers are pronouncing the death of healthcare reform. But a closer look at Justice Kennedy's questions suggests there's hope yet.

Court watchers are pronouncing the death of healthcare reform. But a closer look at Justice Kennedy's questions suggests there's hope yet.

The individual mandate is not a threat to fundamental liberties.

With Obama's signing of the National Defense Authorization Act, the prison becomes a permanent fixture.

That's what the Obama administration is arguing for, in a crucial case now before the Supreme Court.

Anyone credibly alleging that he was tortured should have his day in court. But recent court decisions suggest that there will be accountability only for American citizens.

In the Sixth Circuit, it was a George W. Bush–appointed disciple of Justice Scalia who cast the decisive vote to uphold the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate.

As the US scales back the war in Afghanistan, shouldn't we be scaling back the sacrifices of civil liberties we've made here at home?

The Spanish judge who dared to hold brutal human rights violators to account is now fighting for his legal career.

The drug war has been waged not only on traffickers and users but on liberty and equality.

Blogs

Affirmative action survives, for now, but the Court erects new hurdles for employment discrimination suits.
In a 6-2 decision, the Court prohibited the government from requiring organizations to espouse specific ideas in order to receive funding.
Somewhere along the way, we lost our bearings on the balance between privacy and security.
A stunning report by The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald reveals that the NSA has been tracking every call by Verizon business customers....
President Obama may not call the individual mandate a “tax”—but John Roberts does.
The Court gave the Obama administration near-total victory, striking down key parts of Arizona’s immigration law.
Today's decisions about sex, drugs, and union speech may offer clues about next week's decision on healthcare.
What’s next for the Defense of Marriage Act?