Civil Rights & Social Justice
A contentious surveillance provision of the Patriot Act, which allows law enforcement to conduct searches while delaying informing the suspect, is broadly used, but almost never in terrorism cases—despite Justice Department officials arguments to the contrary, according to an analysis by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
Lyle Denniston, the constitutional literacy adviser for the National Constitution Center, looks at a new development in the same-sex marriage lawsuits that could bar federal courts from deciding the issue.
New York Times investigation finds government tracking of Americans' mail 'more extensive than previously disclosed'
Though over a century old, one often overlooked aspect of government surveillance continues to expand and evolve: the tracking of Americans' mail by the U.S. Postal
The greater Cincinnati area could soon become one of the largest in the country without an abortion provider.
Major media organizations have levied a federal lawsuit to force Arizona to break its secrecy around lethal injections by revealing the drugs and processes used to kill people, because the public has the "right" to know.
In response to a federal court decision striking down Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage, GOP state Sen. Steve Vick wants his state to consider “eliminating marriage licenses in Idaho.”
The Constitution’s grant of ultimate judicial power in the federal system to the Supreme Court has meant, at least since the 1796 decision in the case of Ware v. Hylton, that the Justices had the power to strike down state laws that conflicted with the national Constitution.
An historic vote in the U.S. Senate earlier this year to amend the constitution to reverse Citizens United and stem the flood of money into our elections – expected to top $1 billion this election cycle – has the Koch brothers spooked.
This November 4th, when Californians go to the polls, they will have the opportunity to vote on Proposition 47, the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act. This initiative is a criminal reform to reclassify some nonviolent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, permitting re-sentencing for prisoners serving time for crimes classified as felonies prior to its passage. California currently has a tremendous prison overcrowding problem, and the state is required to do something about this within the next two years.
Steve Waters, a rabidly anti-gay bigot who is a leading Virginia GOP operative, has some interesting things to say about the evils of homosexuality. Whether it's wondering if Obama would fly the Christian Flag to the lack of liberals' tolerance to the perversion of marriage by men who put 'part of [their] anatomy where 'poop' comes out of," Mr. Waters certainly has a way with words.