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If corporate America and right-wing libertarians get their way, thousands of female Wal-Mart employees will never get the substance of their case heard in court.

Drug courts have helped some addicts recover. But they may be delaying expansion of treatment programs that will best reduce harms from addiction.

Could the federal government prevent California from legalizing pot? Many experts just say no.

Anita Hill may not have stopped Clarence Thomas from being confirmed to the Supreme Court, but in the wake of her accusations, our culture changed. Or did it, really?

Ginni Thomas called Anita Hill soon after the Times reported that Thomas's organization had accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in untraceable contributions. Did this accusation heat up the sense of persecution both Thomases feel about Hill's charge?

Immigration judges who flagrantly disregard the law are sheltered by a secretive system.

The overwhelming number of Supreme Court cases cited by Justice Anthony Kennedy in his decision were intended to protect the unique First Amendment rights of media outlets, not all corporations. 

Guest-hosting The Ed Show, Nation Washington Editor Christopher Hayes examines the GOP's farcical cross-examination of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

Citizens United and Bush v. Gore don't stand alone. A decade worth of Supreme Court decisions has tiled the electoral playing field toward the Republicans.

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Conservative Super PACs are outraising and outspending the liberal ones. And they are spreading lies. 

May 22, 2012

Does Arizona’s immigration law go too far?

April 23, 2012

What if the justices scrap healthcare reform as the Obama administration imagines it? What if they don't? Nurses say the healthcare crisis will still demand real reform.

March 27, 2012

The Republican base is just as likely to be outraged by a decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. 

September 28, 2011

Rejecting international pleas, domestic protests and evidence that Troy Davis was innocent, the state of Georgia put him to death under a process that former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has referred to as “unconstitutional.”

September 21, 2011

The real credibility problems in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case shouldn’t make us forget how many women lose out in a justice system that suspects them of lying, or out for money, fame or “attention.”

August 25, 2011

Under Wisconsin state law, it is a felony to touch a judge, making it quite possible that David Prosser will be forced to resign.

June 28, 2011

A sheriff who has stood up to Governor Walker and defended the rule of law is called in to investigate allegations that a Walker ally attacks a state supreme court justice.

June 28, 2011

With a decision barring matching funds to counter attack ads from privately funded candidates, the court has undermined one of the last tools for fair elections.

June 27, 2011