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Protesters

The NRA’s dire warnings that the president is a threat to the Second Amendment are bogus—but profitable.

At a solidarity event in Manhattan, Pussy Riot supporters drew connections between threats to free expression in Russia and in the United States.

The Fourth Amendment was designed to guard against arbitrary governmental authority. That shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and personal integrity subject to the whim of jail officials and cops on the beat.

But the fact that five justices were nearly willing to strike it down shows just how conservative this Court truly is.

 Mitt's reaction to today's decision was feeble, and telling.

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act, but in other recent decisions has also guaranteed that corporations will have even more power to shape public debate about the issue.

Contrary to many claims, the Supreme Court did not uphold the “show me your papers” provision of SB-1070—the decision is a near-complete victory for immigrants’ rights.

Trina Garnett

Why did the Court limit its ruling to cases with mandatory sentences, instead of banning juvenile life without parole altogether?

The Outrage of Stop-and-Frisk Policing

Growing public protest, along with two landmark lawsuits, may put an end to this dragnet policy that overwhelmingly targets young black and Latino men.

Blogs

A “scathing” report from the Department of Justice traces discriminatory policing back to the city’s reliance on the fines that accompany tickets and arrests.

March 4, 2015

Key parts of the USA Patriot Act are set to expire this summer. 

February 18, 2015

An injury to one is an injury to all. 

December 1, 2014

The Senate’s failure to bring even a narrow, watered-down reform to a final vote underscores that Congress is for the most part disinterested in exercising its constitutional duty to oversee the intelligence community.

November 19, 2014

Outgoing Colorado Senator Mark Udall promises to fight to the last day “to make sure we keep faith with our founding values.”

November 19, 2014

Colorado Senator Mark Udall has challenged the NSA and defended the Constitution.

October 31, 2014

The Obama administration’s legal justification for expanding military action in Iraq and Syria is hypocritical and based on tenuous logic.

September 11, 2014

The justices didn’t quote Christian Parenti, but they should have.

June 25, 2014

After today's egregious Supreme Court decision, expect a lot more sectarian prayer at local government events

May 5, 2014

This showdown can‘t be ignored. At stake is whether the CIA is accountable to the Congress and the law.

March 18, 2014