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U.S. Journalists Sentenced to 12 Years of Hard Labor in North Korea

Posted on June 08, 2009
Obama is "deeply concerned" about the fate of Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who will likely be used as bargaining chips by North Korea.


Rachel Maddow: Right-Wing Terrorism Must Be Stopped

Posted on June 08, 2009
The tactics of anti-choice extremists are designed to change policy by terrorizing Americans. How do we stop them from committing violent acts?


Five New Reasons (and One Old One) Why We Must Close Guantanamo Now

Posted on June 06, 2009
A surprising poll shows that by wide margins, Americans don't want to see Gitmo shut down -- here's why it should be closed forever.


"They Ogle, Touch, Use the Filthiest Language Imaginable": Why is Sexual Harrassment on the Rise in Egypt?

Posted on June 05, 2009
According to women in Cairo, the intensity of street-level sexual harassment has increased in the past decade.


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Coalition Vows to Press Congress and Obama for Immigration Reform

Posted on June 05, 2009
The Reform Immigration FOR America campaign announced its plan to get enough votes to pass desperately needed changes in U.S. immigration policy.


The Media's Appalling Coverage of Sonia Sotomayor

Posted on June 05, 2009
Coverage of Sotomayor's nomination has been gruesome in so many ways, as reporters fail to reflect even the most basic tenets of journalism.


Last Minute Effort by NY Republicans, Prosecutors to Block Rockefeller Reform Is Dead in the Water

Posted on June 05, 2009
How the mighty have fallen! Until recently, opponents of drug law reform in New York were successful using fear-mongering and demagoguery.


Latest Guantanamo Suicide Haunts Obama's Trip to the Middle East

Posted on June 05, 2009
A death at Gitmo is always felt keenly in the Muslim world, creating tension for an administration that claims it is running a 'humane' facility.


Obama's Plan to Close Gitmo Hits Another Roadblock

Posted on June 05, 2009
A new bill would bar the government from releasing any of the 240 remaining detainees until the administration presents a plan to Congress.


North Korea Silent on Fate of Two U.S. Journalists

Posted on June 05, 2009
Pyongyang has previously said Laura Ling and Euna Lee would face trial for 'hostile acts' and illegally entering the country.


Judge Rejects Obama DOJ Argument in Islamic Warrantless Wiretapping Case

Posted on June 04, 2009
The government argued it was immune from prosecution on national security grounds in a lawsuit by an Islamic charity that was spied on.


Gay and Proud in Havana: Celebration of Diversity Brings Out Best and Worst of Cuba

Posted on June 04, 2009
The Cuban government is beginning to take homophobia seriously, and people are starting to respond.


Why Being Pregnant in a Texas Lock-up Is a Living Hell

Posted on June 04, 2009
"The public has no idea how many young mothers and their babies come out of jail injured or traumatized."


What It's Like to Go Undercover and Infiltrate Some of America's Most Dangerous Hate Groups

Posted on June 03, 2009
Special Agent Bart McEntire shares his experiences joining hate groups like White Reich and the Alabama Knights of the Klu Klux Klan.


As New Afghanistan Commander Sails Toward Confirmation, Key Torture Questions Go Unasked

Posted on June 03, 2009
Gen. Stanley McChrystal testified before the Senate this week, but no one asked him about the skeletons in his closet.


200 Executions and Counting: Texas Gov. Rick Perry's Cruel Death Tally

Posted on June 02, 2009
Today marks the 200th execution under Perry, a record even deadlier than George W. Bush's tenure. What's the matter with Texas?


Slam Bill O'Reilly for His Jihad Against Dr. George Tiller

Posted on June 02, 2009
O'Reilly's horribly offensive rhetoric helped feed the hate that led to this act of domestic terrorism.


The Dark Side of Plan Colombia: How the U.S. is Subsidizing Death and Drug Trafficking on Stolen Lands

Posted on June 02, 2009
As Congress prepares to debate new Plan Colombia funding, it's time to investigate how money for biofuels is linked to violence and bloodshed.


Taibbi: No More Compromise -- Obama Must Wholly Reject Bush's Dictator Policies

Posted on June 01, 2009
The recent haggling over Guantanamo is such classic Democratic Party politics, it's almost laughable. Almost, except that it's, you know, revolting.


LT. Dan Choi Takes "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Directly to Obama

Posted on June 01, 2009
Lt. Choi defied the orders of crowd control police and stepped into the 'no protest zone' street at an Obama event to stand up for gay rights.


Why is the Obama Administration Blocking the Release of the Innocent Uighurs at Guantánamo?

Posted on June 01, 2009
Obama needs to find the courage to resist the shrill opportunism of some of his least principled colleagues, and to order the Uighurs' release.


Why Does Bush's Top Florida 2000 Election Lawyer Want to Lead Gay Marriage Fight to Supreme Court?

Posted on May 30, 2009
Ultraconservative lawyer Ted Olson (who defended Bush in Bush v. Gore) wants to fight for gay marriage but many are skeptical of his motives.


Right-Wing Hate Machine Launches Vicious Campaign of Racist and Sexist Attacks on Sotomayor

Posted on May 30, 2009
The right wing media has gone to town with their vile rhetoric even as Republican senators have attempted to distance themselves from the hatred.


US Violated Geneva Conventions, Bush Iraq Commander Says

Posted on May 30, 2009
A stunning admission from General David Petraeus reveals that the US may have violated international law.


Why the Pentagon Is Probably Lying About its Supressed Sodomy and Rape Photos

Posted on May 30, 2009
This is probably exactly what the photos show, because it happened. The same-sex crimes against detainees have been documented.


Top Secret CIA Cables Reveal Daily 'Medical Updates' on Abu Zubaydah, Who Was Waterboarded 83 Times

Posted on May 29, 2009
The still-secret cables are among some 550 interrogation-related cables sent from CIA field stations to CIA headquarters in 2002.


Obama Needs to Do More Than Swap Liberal Justices

Posted on May 29, 2009
While America dissects Sotomayor's appointment, little attention is paid to a troubling Supreme Court ruling.


Countering the Spin: Earned Legalization Isn't Penalty-Free "Amnesty"

Posted on May 29, 2009
Drafting immigration policy means understanding necessary structures of American law already in place.


Obama's Terror Policies Get Mixed Reviews From Amnesty International

Posted on May 28, 2009
Amnesty lamented Obama's "limited action" on inhumane detention policies, as well as his inaction on seeking accountability for past abuses.


Republicans Will Be Grilled in Sotomayor's Hearings, Not the Other Way 'Round

Posted on May 28, 2009
Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation process will be a chance to see if the GOP is ready say sorry for its wrongdoings perpetrated in the Bush era.


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