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  • February 11, 2010

    Ron Unz, Latinos, Liberals, and Scholarship

    I was not surprised by "HisPANIC: the Myth of Immigrant Crime," Ron Unz's article in The American Conservative showing that Latinos in the US have a crime rate no higher than that of whites once you adjust for age. That's because Unz's thesis is in fact well-known.

    Katha Pollitt

  • February 4, 2010

    The Bogus Crime Wave

    A host of politicians and pundits would have you believe that Hispanic immigrants are to blame for an uptick in urban crime. They're wrong.

    Alexander Cockburn

  • February 4, 2010

    Scalia v. The World: On Antonin Scalia

    Who is the purest archetype of the conservative legal movement, Antonin Scalia or John Roberts?

    Michael O’Donnell

  • February 2, 2010

    Free Speech for People

    My colleague and friend John Nichols' new post appropriately lauds Rep. Donna Edwards' proposed legislation to redress the damage done by the Supreme Court in its decision in the case of Citizens United v. FEC to abandon long-standing precedent with the purpose of permitting corporations to dominate the political discourse.

    Peter Rothberg

  • February 2, 2010

    Donna Edwards’ No Corporate Monopoly of Elections Amendment

    Maryland Congresswoman Donna Edwards turned to Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis for guidance in framing the Constitutional amendment she proposed Tuesday as the right and necessary response to the decision by Chief Justice John Roberts and a high court majority to abandon law and precedent with the purpose of permitting corporations to dominate the political discourse.

    John Nichols

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  • February 2, 2010

    Hijinks or Undercover Ops?

    If four politically-motivated young men with left-wing (or Muslim), rather than right-wing ties, broke into the office of a senior Senate Homeland Security Committee member and gained access to her computer files -- do you think we'd be hearing less about hijinks and more about Guantanamo?

    Laura Flanders

  • January 30, 2010

    Calling Out “Not True” Alito

    Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee when he said he would not bring a political agenda to the high court, became the unexpected "star" of State of the Union night by playing the part of the sullen teenager.

    John Nichols

  • January 29, 2010

    AFL-CIO Letter Details Role In, Position On Citizens United Case

    My January 24 column on the role of the AFL-CIO in the Citizens United v. FEC case highlighted the concerns of some unions regarding the federation's decision to file an amicus brief in support of Citizens United in its case against the Federal Elections Commission. The piece stirred a tremendous response and a great discussion about the Supreme Court's removal of limits on corporate campaign spending. In preparing the piece and since its publication, I've heard from heads of national unions that are affiliated with the AFL as well as leaders of state and regional labor federations and lots of individual union members. Today, I'll highlight a very critical response from a top lawyer for the AFL-CIO.

    John Nichols

  • January 29, 2010

    Tiller’s Killer Puts Abortion on Trial

    Judge Warren Wilbert has ruled that Scott Roeder, confessed killer of Kansas abortion provider George Tiller, couldn't be considered for lesser crimes than first-degree murder. Today he was convicted.

    Sharon Lerner

  • January 28, 2010

    Corpus Ex Machina

    Citizens United raises the questions: why is speech the functional equivalent of money, and why are corporations considered persons?

    Patricia J. Williams