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How can women be equal before Islamic law, according to which they are unequal?

It's déjà-vu all over again: National Guard units and federal, state and local law enforcement are spying on antiwar activists.

As confirmation hearings open, we already know a great deal about John G. Roberts Jr. He's ethically challenged, ideologically rigid and unfit for the Supreme Court.

Whether or not Roberts would overturn Roe, his judicial conservatism provides ample cause for concern.

If we're going to have a society surveilled 24/7, let's begin at the top.

The public broadcasting system remains an easy target for Republican deception, demagogy and mischief.

Is John Roberts worth a fight?

If you like the Patriot Act and Guantánamo, you'll love John
Roberts. More than anything else, to fill Sandra Day O'Connor's seat on the Supreme Court, the Bush White House sought an advocate for ever-expanding executive branch powers. The stakes in Roberts's nomination could not be higher. Bruce Shapiro reports.

The stand Democrats take on Bush's Supreme Court nominee may well define their legacy.

The Supreme Court's medical marijuana decision was a major setback for common sense.

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We don’t escape America's history of racism because we believe ourselves to be good people, or that we're just doing our jobs. It’s already defined our lives. 

July 23, 2014

We have ceded so much power to the police, and they brazenly flaunt it without fear of repercussion.

July 21, 2014

I’m wondering— what can’t be blamed on absent black fathers?

July 17, 2014

A potential 2016 presidential candidate adds a moral message—and tone—to discourse.

July 15, 2014

Now that Obama has asked for nearly $4 billion to help kick the kids out more quickly, Republicans don’t want to pony up the money.

July 10, 2014

Margaret Sanger and Charlotte Perkins Gilman and John Dewey, oh my!

July 10, 2014

A new report reveals that the NSA spied on five prominent American Muslims.

July 9, 2014

The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision is a victory for the forces of nonsense.

July 9, 2014

The US government has until Tuesday evening to explain to a federal judge why men held at Guantánamo do not have the same religious freedoms as Hobby Lobby.

July 8, 2014

The Hobby Lobby case is more clearly aimed at women, but Harris v. Quinn may prove even more consequential for the lives of working women.

July 7, 2014