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Juries have the right to judge the law as well as the defendant.

Cell phone taking a picture of President Obama

In ruling that police may not search cellphones without a warrant, the Court brought the Fourth Amendment into the twenty-first century.

Cuban Gay Rights Parade

We can pretend the politics of liberation can be tracked along clearly marked lines, or we can remember that history is like desire.

Union protest

After one of Supreme Court’s most anti-union rulings in recent years, is there still time for organized labor to save itself?

There’s no telling how far religious exemptions will go under Justice Alito’s ruling.

Abortion Clinic Protest

The court’s decision to invalidate the abortion clinic buffer zone limits the privacy women require as participants in a democracy.

Opponents of marijuana-law reform insist that legalization is dangerous—but the biggest threat is to their own bottom line.

stop abortion sign

While the Court did not strike down barrier zones in other states and cities, the people who brought us McCullen can take those statutes on next.

Ultra-Nationalist Party Rally

The regime has repeatedly carried out artillery and air attacks on city centers, creating a humanitarian catastrophe—which is all but ignored by the US political-media establishment.


The world's shortest reviews and more reflections on the Obama presidency.

July 16, 2010

Eric Alterman on pushing for a progressive Presidency.  Plus: Colin Robinson takes on Amazon.

July 16, 2010

Responses to Eric's marathon Obama article and an open letter to Benjamin Netanyahu.

July 15, 2010

I'd like to get away with a crime, too. How great a writer do I have to be to have the Swiss government protect me?

July 15, 2010

Afghanistan death toll, Pual McCartney and Obama, Greenpeace and Vuvuzelas vs BP, the new "Daily Show" video, Steinbrenner and the Palins, much more.

July 15, 2010

Even after all the "lamestream media" coverage, new data shows Sarah Palin's "Mama Grizzlies" video was largely ignored by her supporters and watched mostly by consumers of traditional media.

July 14, 2010

If a federal investigation's good enough for New Orleans, how about Oakland too?

July 14, 2010

The White House has pulled quite a bait and switch on the LGBT community.

July 13, 2010