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The Oklahoma State Penitentiary execution chamber

Both Justices Breyer and Ginsburg indicated that they view the death penalty as unconstitutional. Could three more justices agree with them in the near future?

When you define something as war, violence becomes the only means.

Beyond legalizing same-sex marriage, Justice Kennedy’s opinion made profound arguments about liberty under the Constitution and advanced a novel jurisprudence of dignity.

Dominicans of Haitian descent

The past feels dangerously present as deportation and silence devastate Haitian life in the Dominican Republic.

Health Now

Three things we need right now if the Affordable Care Act is going to create a functioning and equitable healthcare system.

South Carolina Capitol grounds

South Carolina’s warped public display of its white-supremacist history confronts South Carolinians, white and black, with a stark message about who rules the state.

If we want to honor the memory of the Emanuel martyrs, we must continue their struggle for transformative action.

Media portrayals that reinforce negative stereotypes about social programs and the individuals helped by them sow the seeds for damaging cuts.

Willacy County Correctional Center

And how our rush to lock up immigrants has overwhelmed the federal prison system.

Blogs

"Margaret Mitchell gives us our Civil War through Southern eyes exclusively, and no tolerant philosophy illumines the crimes of the invaders."

June 30, 2015

Facebook and Google have been trying to increase diversity for a year, to little result.

June 29, 2015

Bree Newsome showed remarkable political courage. She also perhaps gave a template for reimagining sports.

June 29, 2015

"She acquired a reputation upon the smallest of down payments and then, like the honest debtor she is, set about the unpleasant business of earning the fame she already enjoyed."

June 29, 2015

"The immediate task of suppling military aid falls on us, and there is no question that it will be discharged."

June 27, 2015

Kennedy’s gay marriage ruling may have been schmaltzy, but such sentimentality about marriage enabled today’s triumph.

June 26, 2015

And the GOP presidential contenders are leading the charge.

June 26, 2015

"What the people of the world profoundly desire is something which will not mirror their conflicts but resolve them, which will dispel their fears and satisfy their hopes."

June 26, 2015