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The future of the Supreme Court is the most important issue in the most important election year since 1932. Progressive Americans should treat it that way. The radical right does.

At stake is whether the twenty-first-century First Amendment will be a protector of the powerful or a resource for the weak and disfranchised.

The current Supreme Court is so divided on fundamental questions of separation of church and state. that the appointment of one or two conservative Justices could well tip the balance and jettison key historical principles.

The Rehnquist Court's paeans of praise for state government are belied by reality.

I still think third-party politics is mostly a crock, but then, so is two-party politics.

Selma, Alabama, a touchstone in the civil rights movement, is frozen in
a way that confounds onlookers.

"The Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, not freedom from
religion," Senator Joseph Lieberman told a rapturous audience at a black
church a few Sundays ago, just after being chosen as

Research support: the Investigative
Fund of the Nation Institute. Additional reporting: Edmundo
Cruz.

President Bush was not deterred by lack of expertise when it came to deciding a highly specialized scientific issue.

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The tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon provide an opportunity to reflect on the changes our country has undergone in the past decade.

September 9, 2011

I wish restraint was the order of the day as the NFL season opens on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. It won't be.

September 6, 2011

A decade ago, there was near-universal acknowledgement that profiling was unethical and ineffective. Yet the practice continues.

September 6, 2011

In the wake of Hurricane Irene and on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, public workers deserve much better.

September 6, 2011

It turns out there's no such thing as too old to rock n' roll anymore.

September 6, 2011

Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, along with comrades such as the MC5’s Wayne Kramer and Rise Against’s Tom McIlrath, will launch the Justice Tour of labor battleground states Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio with a welcome from firefighters union bagpipers. It's the new solidarity, crossing lines of class, politics, ideology and music.

September 4, 2011

Melissa Harris-Perry argues that social media platforms offer a voice to segments of the American population that might not have had one before.

September 1, 2011

 Your friendly neighborhood Muslim, just like you, likes pie and punk, dislikes terrorists, and answers surveys.

September 1, 2011

Michael Vick's ascension should be cause for reflection, not celebration

August 31, 2011

Nagasaki, which lost over 70,000 civilians (and a few military personnel) to a new weapon sixty-five years ago today, has always been the Forgotten A-Bomb City.

August 30, 2011