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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

Fetuses are stealing the show from women.

March 7, 2011

If the off-season proved nothing else, it’s that Arizona's political culture has only grown more toxic. On Opening Day, activists will ask the question yet again to Major League Baseball Comissioner Bud Selig: Will you or will you not move the 2011 All-Star Game out of Arizona?

March 7, 2011

Last week’s March 2 National Day of Action saw scores of protests in more than a dozen states—including two that ended in arrests and one that ended with a bunch of people taking their clothes off.

March 7, 2011

Greg Mitchell celebrates the one hundredth day of Cablegate, which means he also is celebrating his 100th day of blogging WikiLeaks.

March 7, 2011

Huckabee seemed folksy and friendly—until he started squawking that President Obama grew up in Kenya.

March 7, 2011

Re-visiting the first day of Cablegate. How was the news that 250,000 cables were going to be leaked over the next months received?

March 6, 2011

Will the labor dispute between NFL players and owners lead to a lockout?

March 4, 2011

Students at Dickinson College refused to leave their campus administrative offices until the officials met their demands to change the campus's sexual assault policy. And their demands were met.

March 4, 2011

Rep. Joe Pitts has specifically designed a bill to value fetuses over living women.

March 4, 2011

With Manning gaining wide attention now, it’s worth recalling that three months ago he was largely forgotten. How did so much change?

March 4, 2011