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Recent rulings upholding the right of the executive branch to jail and try terror suspects in military tribunals raise questions about whether the judiciary can keep presidential powers in check. Will a realigned Supreme Court give Bush a
blank check to rise above the law?

Democrats have a chance to stand up for competence, civil liberties and
the integrity of the Supreme Court by challenging Harriet Miers's lack
of credentials and blocking Bush from using the Supreme Court to expand
presidential powers.

Americans are becoming more hostile by the day to the war in Iraq,
the nation is demoralized over official abandonment of the victims of
the Gulf Coast storm, but the Democratic Party is missing in action.

The US military is keeping the ongoing hunger strike
and forced feedings of Guantanamo Bay under wraps. And an apathetic
American media is showing no interest in exposing the situation.

Four peace advocates were acquitted of federal
conspiracy charges in connection with a 2003 protest of the Iraq War.

When John G. Roberts Jr. counseled President Ronald
Reagan on AIDS policies, did he willfully perpetuate the myth that AIDS
can be spread by casual contact?

The political chess match between the White House and Senate
Democrats over the future of the Supreme Court took on new complexity
as three Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to confirm
John G. Roberts Jr.

The FBI--with apparent White House
approval--continues to seek the authority to bypass the court system in
pursuit of evidence against terror suspects.

With military and law enforcement forces combing New
Orleans in the wake of the storm, why did the federal government feel compelled to hire private security firms Blackwater USA and BATS to keep the peace?

There are decades of memos from engineers and contractors setting forth budgets to build up the Gulf Coast's levees, but Bush wouldn't let them be.

Blogs

A review of the Obama administration's deportation practices reveals flagrant disregard for the law, and even human life.

December 17, 2014

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants his office to be able to prosecute cases in which police officers kill unarmed citizens.

December 16, 2014

Obama should honor the people who tried to stop the torture regime.

December 15, 2014

The region’s transition out of dictatorship hinged on two words the United States would be wise to heed: “Never again.”

December 12, 2014

Yoo’s “torture memo“ was part of a Bush administration conspiracy to violate the federal torture act.

December 12, 2014

Congress’s spending bill overrides Washington’s vote to legalize marijuana and thwarts the will of the people.

December 11, 2014

As the host of MSNBC show Politics Nation, Al Sharpton is the target of some perfectly valid scrutiny of his potentially conflicting roles of activist and cable news anchor.

December 10, 2014

Protests on the NYU campus in the wake of the Eric Garner non-indictment spark debates on social media about race and privilege.

December 10, 2014

Does the Pregnancy Discrimination Act actually prevent employers from firing their workers for being pregnant? The Supreme Court will soon decide.

December 10, 2014

At a Senate hearing, Kirsten Gillibrand says that “survivors have lost trust in law enforcement”—but can they trust their colleges either?

December 10, 2014