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David Cole

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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

If we are to pursue our security without abandoning our ideals, laws on groups financing terror need drastic reform.

The pressure has increased dramatically for Obama to investigate former Bush administration officials for authorizing torture.

Obama vowed to reverse Bush's excesses. But his resistance to judicial oversight and constitutional restraint may render his promises unenforceable.

The president has shown a troubling unwillingness to acknowledge the wrongs the Bush administration committed.

Salim Hamdam's conviction and short sentence does nothing to repair the damage the Bush Administration has done.

By a single vote, the Supreme Court stood up to an Administration that has declared war on the rule of law.

This year nearly 700,000 inmates in US prisons will be granted their freedom. And in a rare act of bipartisanship, a new law provides millions to rehabilitate them.

Bush has made history by being the first American President to use his veto power to preserve torture.

The government's case against Khader Hamide and Michel Shehadeh is closed. But did the US government learn anything about its wayward two-decade prosecution of Palestinian activists?

Going on the offensive has only made us more vulnerable.

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?