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At stake is whether the twenty-first-century First Amendment will be a protector of the powerful or a resource for the weak and disfranchised.

The current Supreme Court is so divided on fundamental questions of separation of church and state. that the appointment of one or two conservative Justices could well tip the balance and jettison key historical principles.

The Rehnquist Court's paeans of praise for state government are belied by reality.

I still think third-party politics is mostly a crock, but then, so is two-party politics.

Selma, Alabama, a touchstone in the civil rights movement, is frozen in
a way that confounds onlookers.

"The Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, not freedom from
religion," Senator Joseph Lieberman told a rapturous audience at a black
church a few Sundays ago, just after being chosen as

Research support: the Investigative
Fund of the Nation Institute. Additional reporting: Edmundo
Cruz.

President Bush was not deterred by lack of expertise when it came to deciding a highly specialized scientific issue.

Over the last two years, various government and congressional officials adroitly exploited leaks to the media to defame Wen Ho Lee, a Los Alamos nuclear scientist.

Blogs

DAYBOOK will return Monday. In the meantime, see Stephen Colbert testify on immigration in front of congress—in character.

September 24, 2010

A tale of two attacked cities, or the differences between New York and Oklahoma City.

September 24, 2010

The 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi are on the verge of a historically unprecedented complete and utter implosion.

September 23, 2010

Music, the mail, and the personal and political of gays in the military.

September 23, 2010

On one level, it's a conflict to keep their field house. On another, it's about the future of our nation's schools.

September 22, 2010

With companies' increased focus on diversity, being LGBT can be an asset.

September 21, 2010

Five Republican Senate nominees recently announced that they do not support a woman's right to an abortion even in the case of rape or incest.

September 17, 2010

Highlights from a panel from the US Social Forum on the politics of the contemporary American student Left.

September 17, 2010
September 16, 2010

Senators decide next week if hundreds of thousands of undocumented young people will get a path to citizenship. Student activists are mobilizing to convince them to say yes.

September 16, 2010