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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.

Blogs

According to Dave Zirin, the ongoing National Football League lockout hearings are all about the owners trying to take advantage of players and fans.

June 3, 2011

Newt finds a new worry: that atheist Islamists might seize control right here at home.

June 3, 2011

Dogged reporting on women's struggle for equality has always been an explicit part of the new New York Times executive editor’s career.

June 3, 2011

Activists challenging Walker administration assaults on public education and on college students from immigrant families disrupt Wisconsin legislative hearing with a reading from the Declaration of Independence.

June 3, 2011

The drug war in Mexico has hit affluent, formerly stable cities that were once protected from the violence. The US's role in this? Supplying the weapons and demanding the drugs.

June 2, 2011

Rihanna's new music video provides an opportunity to think hard about how and when we should protect our kids from violent, sexual and graphic imagery.

June 2, 2011

Romney's "evolving" stance on abortion—and a long list of other issues—won't sell in what's becoming a party of social-policy purists.

June 2, 2011

The same rightwing that went ballistic over Kerry‘s cheese and Obama‘s mustard is eerily silent on Trump’s fork-enabled method of downing pizza.

June 2, 2011

Republicans are using every trick in the book to prevent the confirmation of well-qualified Obama administration nominees.

June 1, 2011

Herman Cain’s candidacy is a cautionary tale against the simplistic racial reasoning that has dominated American political discourse.

June 1, 2011