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The future of the Supreme Court is the most important issue in the most important election year since 1932. Progressive Americans should treat it that way. The radical right does.

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.

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Popular former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann will host a nightly show on Al Gore’s Current TV network. Can they position the fledgling cable network to be attract liberal viewers going into the 2012 elec tion cycle?

February 8, 2011

In this interview with Business Insider, Greg Mitchell explains how WikiLeaks is changing the way media outlets operate.

February 8, 2011

The latest on Julian Assange's hearing, Rumsfeld's "Rummyleaks," and more on cables on Egypt.

February 8, 2011

One of the biggest stories of the past few weeks has been the story of Americans discovering Al Jazeera English. It shouldn't have been so hard.

February 7, 2011

Dave Zirin says that the Green Bay Packers are a special case in football, representing a possibility for community involvement and social change rarely seen in sports.

February 7, 2011

An American student reflects on the early days of the protests.

February 7, 2011

Arianna Huffington says HuffPo won't change. Perhaps. But her challenge now is to do what big media aren't very good at: create journalism sufficient to the demands of democracy.

February 7, 2011

Amidst the bombast, the Packers won the Super Bowl. But the broadcast did what it could to hide the truth of the team's radical ownership structure.

February 7, 2011

The uprisings in Egypt have inspired all sorts of people, including Private Bradley Manning, the young man being held in solitary confinement in Quantico, accused of being the source for Wikileaks. Manning's friend David House tweeted after visiting him this week that “Bradley's mood and mind soared” at the news from Egypt.

February 4, 2011

Over the next twenty years Muslim population in the US will double. As the numbers increase, will levels of mutual understanding and respect do the same?

February 4, 2011