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Back on Friday, June 12, 2002, the Defense Department had a big problem: Its new policy on torture of captives in the "war on terror" was about to be exposed.

On April 28 the subject of torture was discussed in oral arguments
before the Supreme Court.

On April 20, Solicitor General Ted Olson told the Supreme Court that the
federal courts could not question the indefinite detention of "enemy
combatants" held at Guantánamo Bay because as

Fifty years ago, African-Americans and
fellow progressives hailed Brown v. Board of Education as a
conclusive turning point in the struggle for racial equality.

How four federal judges brought the rule of reason to the South.

The product of black legal skill and strategy, Brown has a black copyright.

It's offended people from the start; now the Supreme Court will wade in--again.

When I was quite young, my entire image of marriage was filtered through the bible of Bride Magazine.

Blogs

A 93-year-old woman who voted in every election for five decades will lose her right to vote this November. The question of constitutionality that presents goes before a judge tomorrow.

July 24, 2012

The Pennsylvania Governor emerges unscathed, while Penn students bare the burden of the punishment. Why is a private organization wielding this unprecedented power?

July 24, 2012

Low-income women were expected to be among the biggest beneficiaries of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. Now that’s at risk.

July 17, 2012

Texas's response to 80 percent of its population increase’s coming from new African-American and Hispanic constituents? Dilute their voting power.

July 10, 2012

 Eric on the royal Internet "we" and Reed on this summer of political sequels. 

July 6, 2012

For all the punditry about how the Supreme Court ruling on healthcare would play, 45 percent of Americans don’t know what happened.

July 4, 2012

With the ACA upheld, the door has been opened for evolution toward what eventually will be recognized as nationalized healthcare.

June 29, 2012

There are booby traps in the Court’s Commerce Clause reading, and the traps are baited and ready for tripping in the Medicaid part of the ruling.

June 29, 2012

Is Roberts “gutting the Commerce Clause”—or merely throwing red meat to the right?

June 28, 2012

President Obama may not call the individual mandate a “tax”—but John Roberts does.

June 28, 2012