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Clarence Earl Gideon

In its historic decision, the Supreme Court ruled that poor people have a right to a lawyer. But today, our system of indigent defense is shameful.

Weldon Angelos

Cases like that of Weldon Angelos, who was given a fifty-five-year sentence for selling marijuana, cry out for mercy. But calls for clemency have fallen on deaf ears.

President Obama

Republicans have been blocking Obama's nominations—but the president’s refusal to fight back is part of the problem.

manning

News organizations thrilled to exploit the information Manning uncovered are deeply afraid of being associated with the brave whistle-blower himself.

The time has never been better to stop this colossal waste of money, resources and, most importantly, lives.

The 1 Percent Court

A Court for the money power, and our democracy is at stake.

'Citizens United' and the Corporate Court

Giving corporations the inalienable right to buy elections.

The Way Forward

Fight for a Court that speaks of and for the rest of us.

The Fourth Amendment was designed to guard against arbitrary governmental authority. That shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and personal integrity subject to the whim of jail officials and cops on the beat.

In the United States, anti-Islamic fear-mongering has paved the way for efforts to criminalize the religion itself.

Blogs

A 93-year-old woman who voted in every election for five decades will lose her right to vote this November. The question of constitutionality that presents goes before a judge tomorrow.

July 24, 2012

The Pennsylvania Governor emerges unscathed, while Penn students bare the burden of the punishment. Why is a private organization wielding this unprecedented power?

July 24, 2012

Low-income women were expected to be among the biggest beneficiaries of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. Now that’s at risk.

July 17, 2012

Texas's response to 80 percent of its population increase’s coming from new African-American and Hispanic constituents? Dilute their voting power.

July 10, 2012

 Eric on the royal Internet "we" and Reed on this summer of political sequels. 

July 6, 2012

For all the punditry about how the Supreme Court ruling on healthcare would play, 45 percent of Americans don’t know what happened.

July 4, 2012

With the ACA upheld, the door has been opened for evolution toward what eventually will be recognized as nationalized healthcare.

June 29, 2012

There are booby traps in the Court’s Commerce Clause reading, and the traps are baited and ready for tripping in the Medicaid part of the ruling.

June 29, 2012

Is Roberts “gutting the Commerce Clause”—or merely throwing red meat to the right?

June 28, 2012

President Obama may not call the individual mandate a “tax”—but John Roberts does.

June 28, 2012