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(Reuters/Jason Reed)

Supporters of “enhanced interrogation” tout dubious claims of its effectiveness but ignore two cases where it failed to thwart terrorism.

Handcuffed

People like Luis Rivera are being locked out of the formal workforce forever thanks to one youthful mistake.

Corrections Corporation of America

It has something to do with the $1.7 billion they made off the privatized incarceration industry just last year.

New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly

A Federal appeals court has put a stay on crucial reforms to the NYPD’s controversial policy—but will next week’s mayoral election render the stay moot?

(Courtesy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation)

The FBI employs the same repressive tactics as the NYPD in its broad surveillance of Muslim communities. Why does the FBI get a pass?

(Reuters/Mario Anzuoni)

Thanks to the drug’s illegal status, marijuana farms are not regulated—with serious costs to water and wildlife.

One journalist-provocateur’s journey into the drug war bureaucracy shows why previous efforts to reschedule pot have been DEA’d on arrival. 

President Barack Obama

While the press has hailed the president’s “public health” approach, the White House has cracked down on cannabis.

Blogs

Now that DOMA is history, animals and kitchen appliances could be traditional marriage's biggest threats.

July 2, 2013

Two federal statutes may keep benefits from some elderly couples and and the spouses of gay veterans.

July 1, 2013

Why would an undocumented immigrant voluntarily walk into an Immigration and Customs Enforcement center and declare his or her status to the officers there?

July 1, 2013

MSNBC's Chris Hayes takes Jeantel's haters to task for their "willful" misunderstanding of a young, black woman's vernacular. 

June 28, 2013

Eric on the amazing range of Cecile McLorin Salvant and Reed on why Samuel Alito is still an asshole.

June 28, 2013

Time for some fun, before more hard work begins.

June 28, 2013

This week, the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act by striking down Section 4. But the war against voting rights began long before the Court's radical decision.

June 27, 2013

Just hours after Wendy Davis’s filibuster of a repressive anti-abortion bill, the state executed its 500th inmate since 1976.

June 27, 2013

Hundreds celebrated the overturning of DOMA and the dismissal of Proposition 8.

June 26, 2013

Justices Roberts and Scalia believe the Court should defer to Congress on DOMA but not the VRA.

June 26, 2013